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Reflections on Hurricane Harvey

This has certainly been an intense week!  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been glued to facebook, searching for news and updates on friends and family.  Most of my family lives on the gulf coast, either in Corpus Christi or Houston.  Having lived both places myself, it has been all the more unsettling to see familiar places underwater.  Thankfully, everyone we know is okay.  Not all of their homes are, but the people are.  For that, I am very, very grateful.

Seems like just last year I was posting about flooding in Louisiana that impacted my husband’s family.  I don’t think I ever posted pictures of the six quilts we made for kiddos in our family who lost their homes, but here is how they turned out:

Just one month ago, we went with my husband’s family for a quick vacation on the beach in Port Aransas. That city is completely gone.  I’m heartsick for all the people who called that city home, and can’t imagine what they must be going through, as they literally seek to rebuild their lives from the ground up.


I know as quilters, we often turn to fabric in crazy times like these, creating with our time and our hands a special keepsake to show loved ones, and even complete strangers, how much we love them and are thinking of them.  Seeing all the posts on instagram of quilt drives for those affected by the storms heartens me. That’s the magic of quilts.  You can channel all of your well-wishing, heart sickness and empathy into a gift that the recipient immediately recognizes as having incredible value.  It’s not just money, or essentials, it’s a warm, snuggly treasure they can wrap themselves up in and feel loved. Times like these, I’m proud to be a quilter. Glad to have something to contribute.

Speaking of contributing, I wanted to do something more this time around to help out.  So for now, through the entire month of September, you can buy my Going Places Tote Bag through my online store for $2.  All of that $2 will go to a reputable charity in the South Texas area working to help people rebuild.


I hope that you make the tote bag.  Make it for yourself to show your support of Texas. Make it for someone you know who has gone through the storms, as a reminder of our strong state spirit and beloved wildflowers. Fill it with little essential items and pass it on through one of the donation collection facilities.  For an afternoon’s sewing, you can remind someone that we will get through this, together.


If you want to make quilts like I made for the kiddos in Louisiana, I used this pattern from Me and My Sister Designs. It’s quick, easy, and a great scrap buster.

I hope your weekend is filled with time to sew.  Here in North Texas, people are going a little crazy over a non-existent gas shortage.  So instead of waiting at the pumps in insanely long lines, I’m going to stay home and stitch.  That’s a great way to conserve gas, don’t you think?

Happy Stitching, my friends!



  1. Hillary says:

    This is such a true and beautiful post! I want you to know our wedding ring quilt came with us when we evacuated and it kept me warm in the car and at the hotel. It was a piece of home that was such a comfort! Thank you!! 😘

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Quilts and homemade gifts are so full of love. It has been a long week. So thankful for all who are safe. So heartbroken for those who have lost so much. Hug your loved ones tight.

  3. Karen says:

    so glad that your family and friends are all well. Horrible to have to live through a flood and all the ruin that comes with it- I was watching news this evening of some beginning the clean up and some with no place to go – my son in law works for a company that has another office in Houston and there was a fund drive already for employees there that lost there home or temporary displaced and it is amazing how many people have donated already – people do come together in tragedy don’t they

    • Emily says:

      Hi Karen, as awful as this hurricane was, I’m so encouraged by how many people have stepped up to help. I especially loved seeing all the images of folks bringing their boats all the way from Louisiana to help rescue people. Just amazing.

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