Quilts are like friends - a great source of comfort and warmth.
There's a lot of truth in that. Our little quilt group always has a "comfort" quilt ready to go in a moment's notice, for someone who just got clobbered with bad news, death in the family, or other such nasty-ness ... We're a rather eclectic bunch, scattered all over the country (and some on foreign soil). If we all lived in the same town, we'd show up on each others' doorsteps with a casserole, or our sleeves rolled up ready to wade into the middle of the problem and help. But we're not. This little piece of technology, however, keeps us close. SO, when something happens, a quilt is bundled into the mail and sent with love ... and when it arrives at its destination, the reaction is almost always identical ... tears, a smile, and the recipient immediately wrapping herself up in it. I know, because I've been "gifted" twice. (2 separate groups). Neither time did I have a clue what my sneaky little sisters in stitches was up to .. and the mail lady had a grin on her face when she came to the door with a lumpy package! I've dragged my comfort quilts all over with me. Taken on trips, first thing in to the suitcase when I have to go somewhere, taken to the hospital when I had to wait out husband's surgery, taken on long car trips, you name it. One's on my bed, one's on the chair I'm currently snuggled into. My challennge to you is this ... Make a small quilt or two, "throw" size. Pop them into a pillow case to keep them dust free. The next time someone you know has something really awful happening, and you can't BE there ... send the quilt. (and replace it in your stash for next time). You're sending a piece of yourself, you're sending love an a hug. You'll be glad you did!