From Linda: THE CONTINUING JOURNEY OF MY "SAFE HARBOR" QUILT
Last year I made a quilt named "Safe Harbor" and donated it to Bello Machre, a private non-profit residential home for mentally and physically handicapped children and adults in Baltimore, MD. The quilt was raffled and all funds went to Bello Machre. I support this organization for my nephew, Neil, has been a resident of Bello since he was sixteen years old and my sister could no longer physically handle caring for him alone.
The quilt is based on a photo I took of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and is called "Safe Harbor" for Bello has truly been a safe harbor for my sister and nephew. The hot air balloon I added is very symbolic for I put my nephew's name on the basket to represent how his development has soared since moving to Bello.
One of my sister's close friends won the quilt last November. On Christmas Morning this year she arrived at my sisters home with the quilt and case gift wrapped and gave it to her to keep as a heirloom for her family! Needless to say there were numerous teary, emotional phone calls Christmas Morning.
Happy New Year! -Linda-