I’ve been working away quietly making some healing hearts blocks for Christchurch, and reflecting on the terrible tragedy which took 50 lives a few weeks ago. While these people were in their place of worship, men, women and children were shot dead and many others left injured. Previously, New Zealand had never experienced a mass shooting like this, and now sadly, Christchurch joins the list of cities where such a thing has happened.
Angels in Gumboots quilt shop put out a call for green hearts, and supplied a pieced heart block pattern. Green is symbolic in Islam as relating to heaven, restoration, hope and life. We were asked to surround the hearts in white, symbolizing purity and peace, and is the colour most wear when attending Friday prayers.
Understandably, Angels in Gumboots has had an incredible response, both from Kiwi quilters and others overseas. Mine have been sent on their way to join the many other parcels arriving at their shop.