Sunday, August 24, 2014

God's Timing, Always Perfect

I am always surprised when God shows me exactly who a quilt goes to. Why, I am surprised I do not know because it has happened over and over again since I began this ministry.

When my mom passed, I was working on a Redwork hand embroidered lap quilt, I thought it would be so neat over the back of the sofa, then I met one of her amazing Hospice nurses and found out this lovely woman was even coming by on her days off and I knew, her name was on that quilt.

I was working on a baby quilt and getting ready to sell it, when someone told me about a little baby who was very ill in the hospital and God led me to give this quilt to the baby and his family. He is thriving now!

There were the 2 identical quilts I received after the OSO landslide, identical with the exception one was blue and one was green and one came from WA and the other from CA. I had unpacked them, inventoried then and didn't give it a thought until one night I saw two young sisters who had lost their home and their parents, and I knew, God wanted these quilts to go to them.

As you know, I have struggled recently to finish a quilt for a male, my hands aren't doing as well as they used to, I can't sit as long as I used to, my quilting space is extremely hard to work on and yet, I continued working on it.

I also knew in this ministry that I do for 911 operators and first responders that sooner or later I would be making or asking for a quilt for someone from my old department. They say 'it's a small world,' however the world of 911 emergency dispatchers and law enforcement is even smaller.

Last week I was on Facebook when an old trainee/supervisor I had posted about a police officer who lost a kidney to cancer about 1`0 years ago and is now on the transplant list for another kidney and is set to start dialysis.

This officer was the one, I enjoyed taking ride alongs with, who once made me laugh so hard about a women in the lobby who wanted to report IBM Selectric typewriters were in a warehouse somewhere stealing every word she said...I had to walk away or wet my pants.

This officer was the go to officer I could count on when I had a trainee and needed to have a mentally unstable call come in for training because he could pull the entire call off without cracking his voice or laughing and he did a great job.

This officer and I used to spend the very quiet week-ends pulling warrants and doing warrant arrests and we did so quietly and easily and as a team. He has such a great sense of humor that no one got angry and many times they just said, 'you got me.'

I haven't talked to him since long before I left the department, I broke my leg and was taken out of dispatch and worked records at night. When I retired his girlfriend (one of my trainee's and later promoted to supervisor) is the one who set up a cake to say good-bye. They are still together and I haven't talked to either of them.

Yet, I feel this quilt has taken so long because God wanted it to make the trip to Goodyear and warm this officer while he endures dialysis and hopefully brings him comfort knowing God chose his quilt, I am just the delivery person!

If I get the binding done tomorrow, I will post the completed picture!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

If You Choose To Be A No-Reply...I Can't Answer Your Questions

I hope this helps all of you to mail your quilts off a bit quicker.

I have added an icon on the right side of this blog that will take you to the mailing address for your quilts.

With that said HOWEVER...I cannot respond to your questions if you chose to be a 'NO REPLY,' blogger and do NOT leave me with a way to contact you.  This not only causes my heart to break, but at times it causes hard feelings because quilters feel I am ignoring them when I am not, I just cannot respond back to your questions.

If you are not aware you are a 'NO REPLY, ' blogger, please go to this link and follow the instructions to check and see: http://www.sweetsimplicityblog.com/2009/08/noreplyblogger.html.

If you are worried I will spam you, I promise I will not. You can leave your email in your question as an example:
  1. jane dot doe @yahoo dot com
  2. janedoe at yahoo.com
  3. janedoe at yahoo dot com
 Just please give me some way to reach you.  If you need to respond, you can directly email me on the link on the right side of this page.

When we were collecting quilts for Oso, I had an instance of someone being a no reply, I left them a message on the post comment they left, I answered in a separate post and on my Facebook page. What I got in return was hostility for not responding, however I had responded the only way I could.

So please, if you need the address, it is all over this blog, you can check us out on Facebook as well. However if you choose to respond anonymously with just a name and no way for me to reply back to you, I will not this waste precious time to contact you as it takes up so much time and in the end many times we are both still left frustrated!

My email is compassionatequilter@rocketmail.com 

Address For Layers of Hope

The address to send quilts to is as follows:

Layers of Hope - Quilting 911/Jean Kester
18740 Ivan Street SW
Rochester, WA  98579

If you prefer to donate money there is a donate icon on the right side of the blog. We are still diligently working on our non-profit status so any checks or money orders must be made out to me or they cannot be cashed.
 

Another Thank You

I always want to share with you the thanks I receive for all you do to support this ministry.  This note came into our Facebook page and is from Lisa Smith one of the hard working daily dedicated volunteers who worked the HUB when the Oso slide hit.

'I want all of the quilters to know how much you are appreciated, even more than words can express. You greatly helped with the healing process post Oso Mudslide, and you continue to help with the Carlton fire survivors. I have family in the Methow Valley. They do not have the access or facilities we were privileged to have on this side of the mountains. I can tell you that every quilt you make is very much needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you do.'

Lisa has family in the Methow Valley area of Washington where some of the worst wildfires hit in our state. But how awesome she took time to tell all of you thank you!
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

First Came the Fires, Now the Rain Brings Flooding and Mud Slides...Please Help!

First came the horrible wildfires in the eastern part of Washington recently especially bad was the Carlton fire. Now, as our state is beginning to turn the corner from summer to fall, as predicted the rain is falling and falling hard in this area and with the rain after the fires has come flooding and now mudslides.

http://q13fox.com/2014/08/22/from-fires-to-floods-a-wall-of-water-burst-into-the-house-started-floating-the-furniture/ 

Our governor has had to file an appeal with FEMA and President Obama because they so far are refusing any aide to this area that has been so devastated and the quilt shelves here at Layers of Hope Quilting 911 sadly have few quilts left.

We have 133 quilts and of those 70 are infant sized leaving us with 63 quilts of which are adult and lap sized, we are in desperate need for adult sized quilts in unisex colors and we need them ASAP.

We were blessed to have someone volunteer to deliver this coming week, however, how can we send just a few? Who would we chose to receiving them and how would those feel who get left out?

So many of you were amazing and reached out  during the Oso landslide and we gathered 500 quilts of which over 300 were delivered to the areas of Arlington, Oso and Darrington.  

The 133 we have on hand were those left over when we were told our commitment to this area was completed. So back into the closets and we wait to pass them out to those in need in other areas.

Today, I have completed 10 handwritten notes to quilters who have supported us in the past. I am asking all of you, please, if you cannot send a quilt at this time, just grab our button on the sidebar and pass it around to quilters, knitters and crocheters that you know, help me get the word out.

I am one person, together, we are many!! 

Address is:
Jean Kester 18740 Ivan Street SW Rochester, WA  98579 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Washington Quilt Needs

Today I was doing inventory of the quilts I have on hand for the Washington Wildfire families and I was so disappointed in the numbers, I wanted to sit down and cry!

We have exactly 133 quilts on hand, out of those 70 are baby quilts, 23 are lap sized quilts (22 female and 1 male). We have 12 large twin or larger for men and 28 same size for women.

In the Carlton Complex fire alone from last count I have is that 325 homes were completely gone. That is 325 families without homes, FEMA had turned them down for assistance so they are not only without homes, our government has told them they aren't going to help them.

Governor Jay Inslee is appealing the decision made by FEMA/President Obama, these missing homes do not include the many storage buildings, barns, businesses that make up a community.

Winters are cold in Eastern Washington and I have already sent one quilt out to a 911 dispatcher and her husband who lost their home in Okanogan.

Please, we must get word out, we need at least double the number of large quilts, we do not need baby quilts at this time and we need to get them here by October before the passes get to the point, I can no longer drive over them.

Remember, the address to send them to is:
Jean Kester
18740 Ivan Street SW
Rochester, WA  98579

Please help me fill a cargo van full of quilts to take in October!

Todays Quilt Inventory

Today I was doing inventory of the quilts I have on hand for the Washington Wildfire families and I was so disappointed in the numbers, I wanted to sit down and cry!

We have exactly 133 quilts on hand, out of those 70 are baby quilts, 23 are lap sized quilts (22 female and 1 male). We have 12 large twin or larger for men and 28 same size for women.

In the Carlton Complex fire alone from last count I have is that 325 homes were completely gone. That is 325 families without homes, FEMA had turned them down for assistance so they are not only without homes, our government has told them they aren't going to help them.

Governor Jay Inslee is appealing the decision made by FEMA/President Obama, these missing homes do not include the many storage buildings, barns, businesses that make up a community.

Winters are cold in Eastern Washington and I have already sent one quilt out to a 911 dispatcher and her husband who lost their home in Okanogan.

Please, we must get word out, we need at least double the number of large quilts, we do not need baby quilts at this time and we need to get them here by October before the passes get to the point, I can no longer drive over them.

Remember, the address to send them to is:
Jean Kester
18740 Ivan Street SW
Rochester, WA  98579

Please help me fill a cargo van full of quilts to take in October!