Friday, September 11, 2020

Quiltalongs and Fires

I'll start with the heroes of my state. 
Approx 900,000 acres have burned in Oregon the past few days. Small fires got massive really fast and overtook complete towns. My heart is so heavy right now because of the destruction. 
It seems when disasters happen people jump into action to help each other. It doesn't matter if you are left, right, white, black, rich or poor. You need help? Yep! Let's do it!
A facebook group has grown to 50K where people are hauling animals and people out of harm's way. what do you need? How can I help?  This part makes my heart swell with pride for humanity. 
Here's a few photos that spoke to me today. 
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You may love em or hate em but loggers do help keep our forests healthy and they jump right in when they see their livelihood going up in flames before them. That is a giant tree that man is cutting.... and it's on fire! He is cutting it before it falls and causes injury or death. 


Got cows?

You may call them rednecks or cowboys but they've been working non stop getting hundreds of animals to safety. I call them the backbone of America. 


Another powerful photo of men and women doing their job. I'm so thankful for them!

Speaking of women..... my heroes too! 

A group from Mexico came to help! That is so touching. I wish I could give each one of them a hug. 

That's my world for now, but I do have another video!
So let's change gears.

I share today how I choose a quilt to reproduce for our quiltalongs.



And a link HERE

I hope you like it.

Much love and hugs



 

27 comments:

  1. It's so comforting to hear of the help pulling together and even coming from Mexico! and maybe even Australia! to help us here in the West. I have a cousin working somewhere up in Oregon. Where the crew had made their camp burned one night and they ended up sleeping on the sidewalks of a town the next night. We haven't heard more so are praying his group is still ok.
    I have been too distracted since the fires started here in California to accomplish much other than sewing masks. It seems to be the one thing helping me to at least keep busy.

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  2. Thanks for sharing these heartwarming photos. I needed a little faith in humanity today. My heart goes out to all the victims and their heroes!

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  3. Wonderful uplifting photos of our heroes...thanks for sharing...hugs, julierose

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  4. Oh Lori, just praying for your state and everywhere that has these horrible fires! I gladdens my heart to see wonderful people stepping up to help.

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  5. The Willie Nelson song My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys immediately began going through my head when I saw your photos - so very true. My heart hurts for family, friends and former neighbors who are enduring this horrific destruction.

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  6. Your post give me goosebumps and tears in my eyes. I can not imagine the power of fire that is raging in your state and destroying so much.
    My prayers are with you all.

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  7. The fires are terrible. I hope you and your family remain safe. Here in NY today we are remembering yet another tragic event, the 9/11 WTC attacks. A very sad day of remembrance.

    lizzy

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  8. first responders are amazing!
    incredible photos

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  9. I.m so sorry for the situation... sorry and sad.
    I sincerely hope your house and family are far from fires !
    Stay safe !

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  10. Smoke gets in your eyes, is the current song in my head! And smoke gets in my lungs, in my house... coming down the gully toward us... a totally different shade of brown! Love that little quilt on the wall behind you... could you make a pattern for us?

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  11. Loved the photos of the people on the front lines of the fires.
    Enjoyed your video! :)

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  12. Thank you for the photos. My daughter is in Vancouver WA and she said it's like sitting around a campfire, smelling smoke everywhere. I hope you can all stay safe. And thanks for your videos too!

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  13. I have 2 nieces fighting fires, 1 still on the Oregon side and 1 returned from AZ and was shipped to WA. Stay safe - the air is awful!!!

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  14. Wow, Lori! No words for those fire photos. I can't imagine living anywhere near there!

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  15. Those fires are terrifying- I get goosebumps watchin the video on the news. I’m enjoying your videos, the lighting on today’s was great. I love those sew along though I’m not sure about the next one . I have too many irons in the fire and STILL making masks!

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  16. Great post, Lori! I'm praying the fires go out soon. Wonderful people are helping your state in a terrifying situation. I'm sure you all are very grateful for them. Can't wait to see your new sew along. Have a nice trip!

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  17. That is so awesome! We have been touched by fires too - and I am so impressed with a community can come together like this! I pray you are safe!

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  18. Thanks for posting these photos, Lori. All the devastation by fire is so sad but it's heartening to see so many people helping. I pray they're contained soon.

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  19. Disasters do bring us together. Praying you get some rain in the PNW to help put out the fires.

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  20. We moved from Oregon (Salem) and have been glued to the news reports from there as we know each of those towns (Detroit Lake, Aurora, Mills City, Silverton, Stayton....), and it makes our hearts sick of all the devastation & those who have died and lost their homes. Being in Northern California we also have huge fires (one is 20 miles away and growing fast), and being high on a hill we are engulfed in smoke every day....orange skies, the smell of smoke, our dogs coughing. I just can't wait till the rains start next month here (and thankful rain is coming soon for Oregon) and the skies clear out - but most of all, for 2020 to end.

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  21. My brother-in-law, niece and her family live in Eugene and are prepared to leave at a moments notice when they get the order. My brother-in-law is in his 80s so needless to say, we are all very worried about their safety. Thanks so much for your photos! Praying for rain!!!

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  22. I feel for you out west. I grew up in LA California and lived through many horrible fire seasons. I know the damage these infernos can do but this one...this one is something else from what we're hearing!! I hope it ends soon as the damage will take years to repair. So far I hear of 10 precious lives lost and many more missing. What a horrible 2020 it's been! Stay safe and we are thinking of you.

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  23. We have been living in smoke for 6 days, but today it is somewhat better and that's with the actual fires miles away. It makes my heart ache for all those who have lost their homes and for all the acres of forest burned out.

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  24. Some amazing folks helping out those in need right now. I have family in California, Oregon, and Washington that I keep hoping stay safe. Hope you ALL stay safe!!

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  25. I support working men everywhere!! The firsefighters and cowboys are so special. All the people women included who are helping!! No excuse for the better than thou attitiude!

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