As I suspect many have felt over the past weeks watching the news unfold about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I have felt helpless. I have purchased digital patterns via Etsy from Ukrainian sellers. You may have already seen it, but I really love the Rise of Freedom pattern by Sashas Quilts. I have donated money to care and aid organizations. If you are researching, here are a few articles I used to help determine which organizations to donate to:
- Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here’s how you can help (NPR article)
- What You Can Do to Help Ukraine: A List of Top-Rated Relief Organizations and Additional Resources (Entrepreneur.com)
And like many others, I felt compelled to make something. As I pulled yellow and blue prints from my stash, I tried to focus on finding colors that approximate the colors of the Flag of Ukraine (wikipedia).
The Partial Seams mini quilt top finished at 24 1/2″ square and after quilting shrunk down to about 24″ wide by 23 3/4″ tall.
To further reinforce the connection to the Flag of Ukraine, I matchstick quilted the top half of the mini quilt with blue thread and the bottom half of the mini quilt with yellow thread. The blue boldly shows up against the yellow on the top half of the quilt, but the yellow stands out less against the blue in the lower half of the quilt (to my eye).
To keep from walking into heavy gauge wire, my husband and I ordered ethically sourced Tibetan prayer flags (wikipedia), and it seemed only appropriate to hang this little mini up with the prayer flags and offer my prayers for the people of Ukraine.
When I’m really struggling, one of my favorite meditations to use is the Loving-Kindness Meditation/Prayer (link to heartsong yoga that includes an expanded prayer):
“May all living beings everywhere, on all planes of existence, known and unknown, be happy, be peaceful, be free from suffering.”