QuiltWest is a quilting project I began last year following the tragic loss of 12 first responders in the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, on April 17, 2013. The daughter of a lifelong paramedic, I vowed to honor the lost, (and by extension my own late mother), by making quilts for their families.
I knew I couldn't do it alone. Through my circles of military, church and quilting friends, a large and disparate group of ladies contributed to the process. We were also blessed to have help from some businesses who either donated or discounted materials for the quilts.
We picked two colorways -- a collection of reds, blacks, grays and whites for the lost firefighters and honorary firefighters, and a collection of blues and whites for the lost EMT.
The quilts will be presented to the families of the fallen at a gathering in West on the one year anniversary of the sad event. It's the hope of everyone involved that these quilts can mark a new chapter in their lives -- one in which their loved one is remembered not with pain, but in a way that wraps them in warmth and hope for years to come.