Over the past year (but through a shared dream from years prior), friends of ours started a men's transitional shelter called The Exodus House. The purpose of the house is to help men find an exodus, or a means of escape, from the cycles of poverty, alcoholism and addictions.
In addition to receiving counseling, job search support and shelter, these men are invited to become part of a community where the "residents" and "staff" live together under the same roof, and encourage one another to find healing. It's really beautiful to hear these men talk about how living in the house has changed their lives from hopeless to hopeful.
I know that it is not easy or glamorous to do this kind of work. Stitching together these blocks is my very small gesture to recognize their efforts in doing the everyday work of rebuilding lives.
When I decided on the Exodus quilt concept, my color choices were inspired by masculine fabrics from my stash. I steered clear of florals and incorporated bold, graphic designs. But the colors just weren't doing it for me, so even after I had sewn together the patchwork letters, I layered over two of the green fabrics completely until I got the Fall-inspired palette I was hoping for!
|Bye-bye brights... Slowly becoming a Fall-inspired quilt|
I quilted the top in three main sections and then filled in with more wavy lines once it was pieced together. I think it looks a bit like a tree trunk, which makes me happy.
I'm entering this quilt in Rachel's Celebrate Color challenge for September. These warm colors remind me of fall, and the quilt as a whole inspires me to realize that broken lives can become beautiful again.
There is love, acceptance and hope in this community. I find so much hope in the people around me. This quilt is going to its new home this Sunday. This brings my heart so, so much joy. And I also feel a bit sneaky, because it's a surprise.
Thanks for taking a look! Also linking to Fabric Tuesday.