A little refresher . . .
The Phoenix, is a mythical sacred fire bird. It is described as a bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet. It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young Phoenix arises, reborn anew to live again. The Phoenix's ability to be reborn from its own ashes implies that it is a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. (Information gathered from Wikipedia.)
Now to our story . . .
June 23, 2012 - I'll never forget that date! That is when the Wood Hollow fire started in the hills to the west of Fairview, Utah - where I live! On Sunday, June 24, 2012, the fire burned down the home of some great friends of ours, Dave and Janice Taylor. I decided that I wanted to make them a quilt to try to bring them some comfort.
Within a few days, 52 homes were lost to this fire! While we were evacuated for a short period of time, I decided to see if I could get some help from my "Quilty Friends" on my quilt blog Having Fun Quilting! to collect 52 quilts so every family could have one! I had no idea how tremendous the response would be! Within a matter of days I had HUNDREDS of quilters who had committed to send in a quilt! AMAZING! =D
Well about a week after the fire started I realized that I would have a more quilts than I needed for the Wood Hollow fire. I began to do some research and found that there were many other wildfires in the Western United States destroying many other homes! I knew then that I had to do something to help!
Since then I have been doing everything I can think of to contact people and let them know about this quilt drive. If people will donate fabric, batting, quilt blocks, finished quilt tops, completed quilts, or make a monetary donation to help us bring this about, then I know WE CAN DO IT!
Once we have enough quilts, my husband and I will travel to the affected areas so we can place a quilt in the arms of each family that has lost their home to these terrible wildfires in the Western United States. It is the least we can do as these families begin to rebuild their lives. We feel that a quilt is a great place to start!!!
Thank you for your help!!!