I met a wonderful woman from the Netherlands named Merel at QuiltCon in Padadena in February. I met her very tall boyfriend who volunteered with me during set up on Wednesday, too (he could hang the quilts flat footed – I was impressed!). Merel was just aglow with joy and it was a pleasure to get to meet her. She had pre-made blocks and was getting new in-person acquaintances to sign the blocks with permanent marker so that she could go home and make a keepsake memory quilt of her time at QuiltCon. I thought that was a rather brilliant idea. I started following Merel via Instagram, and it was a delight to see LA and the US through her eyes as she and her boyfriend got a chance to explore a bit before returning home on the long flight
Today while I was browsing Instagram, I saw a post by Hillary @Entropy Always Wins looking for help making blocks for a quilt for Merel. My heart flopped and I scurried to read as much as I could. I am not sure how I missed it in my feed (yes, perhaps the new Instagram feed algorithm, but life does happen and I can’t see everything all the time)… but Merel suffered some spinal cord bleeding and she currently has limited movement of her legs.
Hillary has done amazing things (like sending Merel flowers!) and has organized a wonderful community quilt idea. I immediately changed my plans for the afternoon and made a block that I will place lovingly in the mail and hope that Merel receives a quilt that brings her comfort, love, and peace.
If you would like to learn more about how to create a similar block to send to Hillary to place in the quilt for Merel, please visit and read her post Fly Merel Fly:: A Community Quilt for Merel van Looi.