By Melissa Sheil
THROUGH the Quilts for Wooroloo initiative, it’s now possible to literally wrap someone in love.
Fleur Adams and her dedicated team of sewers and seamstresses have produced and sourced hundreds of quilts for residents affected by the recent bushfires.
“Families in our community have lost their homes and their possessions but not their community,” Ms Adams said.
“We decided to try create beautiful quilts for them all, with love poured into each and everyone of them and hopefully the fabric can bind them back together in their community.”
Sewing groups such as the WA Quilters Association have joined in the drive, rallying together for time to stitch quilts and sort through donated ones.
Initially aiming to create and donate 200 quilts for residents who lost their homes and belongings in the bushfires, Ms Adams and her team are currently counting more than 450 quilts, having surpassed the goal in the first week, with more than 120 people contributing.
“It has been amazing and so beautiful to witness all the help offered and the generosity of others,” she said.
“We still have so many more coming from all over Australia including ladies from Yarloop who lost their homes in 2014, NSW ladies who lost homes in their fires, ladies who lost them in the Parkerville fire and many others.
“We had one woman drive three hours to drop off her quilts.”
The drive came from Ms Adams’ feelings of helplessness, seeing many of her community losing homes and belongings.
“My friends at the Hills Fabric and Craft Destash events and Perth Hills Artisan Markets vendors were losing everything and I was crying because I didn’t know how to help them,” she said.
“I knew my sewing community would rally around the idea and we wanted to help in the way we best know how.”
The donated quilts will be delivered to families on May 8.