About a week ago I wrote a blog post about putting quilt labels on the backs of the quilts we finish. I thought it was a good idea at the time, but life has an interesting way of reinforcing these notions. What do I mean? Rewind to last week when Kathy, a co-worker here at the store contacted me about a Facebook post she saw about one of my quilts. Turns out that a quilt which I completed exactly three years ago had been found at the scene of a serious traffic accident earlier that day. Apparently, the accident involved a gentleman who was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island. He was badly injured and was laying on a busy road following the collision. The picture below was taken three years ago when the quilt was first finished and is the same quilt used at the scene of the accident.
The post on Facebook said that a quilt was left behind at the accident scene after the man was treated and sent to hospital. A woman who was present at the scene found the quilt and wanted to return it to the owner. The label displayed my name as the quilter and that the quilt was made for “Abby”. So how could social media make this happen? Well Kathy saw the posting on her facebook timeline, shared by a friend, tagged by another….recognized my name and contacted me. The post on Facebook said:
“Vancouver area friends… Anyone recognize these names by chance? This quilt was left behind at the scene of an accident and I’m Trying to find the owner.” (picture of the label on this quilt when it was found following the accident)
When I saw the picture of the quilt, I immediately knew who it belonged to as I recognized my own work. This quilt was one that I made as a gift for a special young lady named Abby who lives in Nanaimo, BC.
The quilt was offered at the accident scene to comfort the injured man. Abby and her Mom were third on the scene after the accident and had used the quilt as a pillow under the injured man’s head. With the ensuing 911 call and flurry of activity to care for the man, the quilt was left at the scene of the accident. Abby and her Mom, Shannon had done what they could and left first responders to tend to the man.
Abby was very upset about leaving her quilt behind, but her mom used this situation to have a conversation about why the quilt had been offered to help the man in his time of need. Abby was comforted by knowing that her quilt had blessed an injured man during this emergency and agreed that it was the right thing to have done due to the circumstances. However, later that night she hoped that somehow she might get her beloved quilt back in her arms again. But how?
Well… a nice woman named, Erika (name changed) picked up the quilt from the accident scene when the first responders realized that the quilt’s owner was no longer there. With all of the craziness at the accident scene, no one noticed where the quilt had even come from. At first, Erika didn’t even notice the names on the quilt but then discovered the label on the back of the quilt. She could tell by looking at it that someone had made it out of love and that it was very special to a girl named “Abby”.
This story has a very happy ending! Contacts were made through social media and this special quilt was reunited with its owner once again. Erika was gracious enough to return this quilt back to Abby and as you can see in the picture, she’s thrilled to have her quilt back once again. What’s next for this quilt? After a deserved wash, this pink quilt is soon going off to summer camp with Abby. Wow, will she ever have a story to tell her friends!