Having a vague recollection that at least one person on one of my regular on-line quilting groups had subscribed to the Peace On Earth BOM and had perhaps even completed the quilt, I sent out an email to the list asking if anyone had any scraps from this line of fabric. I explained about needing to make up two blocks to go with the ten that I have. I was optimistic that sometime this week someone would see the post and dig out a piece or two and send it off.
Within ten minutes of my post, my phone rang, and it was list member Pam, approximately 3000 miles away, calling to say that she had made this quilt, had bought the finishing kit and the backing, had saved all her scraps from everything and was putting them in the mail to me on Monday. Furthermore, she was sending me a picture of the finished quilt, the instructions from the finishing kit complete with yardage. And she offered to PDF the directions for the two missing blocks.
I was absolutely blown away! This afternoon the files arrived as an attachment, and she's off to the post office tomorrow with the package.
I was so exhilarated that I finished two more blocks today, shown to the left on the back of the design husband. Donna, watch out! I'm on a roll!
When I thanked Pam for her kindness, I said, "Now what can I send you in exchange for this bounty? I have batiks and Civil Wars in abundance. And can get just about anything else."
And she said, "Nothing. We have to help each other."
Indeed, we do. It's funny. I try to help people, to go out of my way for them, to give without expecting in return. And I like living that way. But when someone gives so generously to me, with no expectation of return, it just blows me away.
We have to help each other.