A couple of months ago a post on Instagram caught my attention. The hashtag used was Quilts for Ocracoke. That really hit home for me because my family has been visiting this special place for many years.
Best know for its’ pristine beaches and pirate lore, Ocracoke is a tiny island on the southern end of the Outer Banks. It’s only accessible by ferry and, once you’ve arrived, you never want to leave.
Sadly, in early September 2019, it was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Many of the businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed by the high waters that flooded the island.
Through it all, the locals, and those who love the island, have rallied, and are working hard to bring Ocracoke back.
Quilts for Ocracoke
When I saw the hash tag, I had to see what it was all about. Lori Millsap from Island Time Quilting came up with the idea for Quilts for Ocracoke, an event to make comfort quilts for the island residents.
She accepts blocks, backing and finished quilts for the project. From the results she’s been posting, it looks like it has been a big success so far.
Here are a couple of the blocks that I made. It was an easy block to make, a great scrap buster, and it was for a good cause. That is my kind of block.
I have been following Ocracoke’s road to recovery via social media and news reports. Their sense of community is inspiring, and I have faith that this beautiful gem along the Outer Banks of North Carolina will come back stronger than ever.
Hopefully many of the residents will be comforted by a special quilt too.