I am in the midst of the disaster zone. It's been a week. We had no idea the extent of the devastation in the beginning. As the flash flood warnings and evacuations came one after the other, I still had power so I began to sew.
I had a baby quilt to make for Ivy (a friend's newborn). So I used scraps to peice together her name.
News came in from the next town over - homes were being washed away. I made some new houses.
I got an email from a college friend that he had a sister stranded on top of Longs Peak. How do you tell a dear friend that even the helicopters can't fly. There are 1000s in trouble. The roads are all washed out. No mountain access.
My Mom sent a photo of her backyard. The bridge has collapsed. How many roads are out? We are separated by a huge dangerous river. She is safe.
Must keep sewing. I made some 'crumb' blocks to add to Ivy's quilt.
Train tracks washed out. More bridges. More towns. I am so tired of watching for evacuations. More rain. Walls of water. More devastation.
I can't have a meltdown. I have to be ready for when we can get out and help. More sewing. Bright happy colors.
The rain stops. The family is all safe. Friends are checking friends. All are accounted for but major need. We load up the rubber boots, rubber gloves, food and great spirits BECAUSE I'VE BEEN SEWING!
We work tirelessly, endlessly, holding our friends while we empty basements, clean precious photos, rip up carpets. Strangers show up. From Puerto Rico, Utah, Canada, Las Vegas, Roswell, North Carolina. They have strong backs, food, happy smiles We were so grateful for the help.
I was exhausted from hauling. But that night, I pulled out all my peices and started putting them together.
Next day, more hauling. More saving family photos. I am so grateful to be able to help my friends.
This is going to be a long process. I must maintain my own sanity in order to keep showing up. Last night, I put the quilt top together for Ivy and it's done. I think it may be the most beautiful thing I have ever made.
I have enough blocks/pieces to make another full size quilt or two! I will keep sewing as we continue to clean up our beautiful state of Colorado. I am so grateful that I have crafting. To me, it's like calming meditation.