Around September 20th I decided I wanted to donate some quilts to either Oregon or Washington to go to people who had lost their houses in the fires. My cousin Marilyn lives in Washington so I asked her if she knew anyone who was organizing quilt collections.
Within a few days she came up with a school district in Bridgeport, Wa. You can read more about the devastating fire there here. The article said 17 structures were destroyed. Marilyn is friends with a sister of one of the principals in the Bridgeport School District. The principal was happy to be able to receive quilts for the students whose families lost their homes. We emailed back and forth and finally found out there were 14 students in the school district who lost their homes. They were in grades kindergarten (triplet boys) up to 11th grade. My task was set.
I always have extra quilts hanging around in my quilt closet or on quilt racks around the house so I knew I could probably come up with enough quilts. I was also in contact with two of my quilting friends around that time. They each donated a quilt to the effort. I only needed 12 more. I was able to find 8 quilts that were completely done and ready to go. My plan was to quilt one top and make 3 similar but slightly different Happy Quilts for the triplets. If you've been reading my blog over the last few weeks you probably have seen my pictures of the 3 Happy Quilts. The centers of these Happy Blocks were from charm packs from a kit from Craftsy (or maybe Blueprint after the name changed.) Having been an elementary media specialist I knew it was best to have similar quilts for the triplets. Here are the three. The major difference was the color of the alternating blocks.