Over the weekend I found a wonderful website and Facebook page for an international phenomenon called “I Found a Quilted Heart” which just captured my imagination. It was founded in January of 2014 after three sisters and their husbands had been out hiking in Nevada. The husbands were exploring a little cave along a hiking trail when they found a little heart with a tag that said, “I need a home.” How cute it that?
I went to their web site and began reading about how they started the movement and all the stories and pictures from people who have found a quilted heart since the inception of the movement. It is such a wonderful idea that a I posted comments and the link to their web site on a couple of my Facebook quilting pages. So many of the quilters responded with how much they liked the idea that they were going to start making quilted hearts too.
Sunday morning I was still battling a nasty cold I got from my grandchildren and after having slept away most of Friday and Saturday I found myself wide awake at 3:00 a.m. So I got up, made some coffee, started a load of clothes washing – I’m so behind – and finally decided that I had promoted the “I Found a Quilted Heart” idea that I decided to make some myself. Happy using up itty bitty scraps that really aren’t big enough to make anything but crazy quilting pieces and even then maybe a bit too small. Just can’t part with anything textile, I’m such a hoarder of textiles and related bits of embellishment materials.
I made three hearts. After my husband awoke and sat with me to drink his morning dose of the sweet nectar of consciousness – coffee, black – I told him all about the quilted hearts. He just shook his head. I asked him, “What!? You’re shaking your head.” He replied, “It’s just so random.” Exactly! Random acts of kindness, that’s the point. Spread a little bit of joy around. I like the idea. Who knows who will find the heart you place in a public place for just anyone to find? Maybe that person is having a really bad day and finding a little piece of beauty that invites you to take it home with them will be just the thing to brighten their day.
As I was making the hearts I was doing as I always do, praying. I prayed for God to send these little hearts to people who will need them to make their day and maybe remind them of something that they’ve forgotten. I also pray blessings on the finders. That is just my little bit extra added to the randomness of spreading joy. May God give them His joy as they tuck these little hearts into their lives.
Here is the web site for anyone interested:
Blessings to all and may you find a heart to love.