In the face of such an event, what can you do? The only way I know how to cope with so many feelings of anger and sadness is to quilt. So I asked our guild for help.
I love improvising (as you might know already), so I just "went for it" and added in negative space of various sizes to each row. I wanted the the hearts to be unbalanced but still cascade in rainbow order down the length of the quilt. The multicolored blocks seemed to work best at the very bottom! Then, I quilted the whole thing with one of my favorite walking foot techniques - the wave - with Aurifil 2024 (white).
I have been holding onto this GORGEOUS rainbow "cheater" fabric from Northcott Fabrics for a few months and it just seemed appropriate for the back of the quilt (here's a link to more from the Colorworks Concepts line). The panel is surrounded by Cirrus Solids from Cloud9 Fabrics - a soft but stable shot cotton. It washed up so nicely.
Laura passed her quilt on to Janet Bergman (@quiltedhorse) to quilt - check out her detailed quilting!
Some quilts are more meaningful to make than others. With every stitch, I thought about where this one was meant to go, and I hope it comforts someone even more than words can. Thank you so much again to the CJMQG and everyone who has helped with this cause!