Did you all know that Riley Blake has a new line to support Autism Research?? It’s called Pieces of Hope 2 and it released this month. Which is perfect because April is Autism Awareness/Acceptance month.
I designed and wrote a tutorial for Riley Blake using this fabric called Traffic. The reason that I called this quilt Traffic is because of my son. We were driving one day and we came to an intersection that had both a stop sign and a no left turn sign. Jack being the very inquisitive child that he is start asking me all about the traffic signs and what they meant. This may seem like a normal conversation with a kid; and it is. I had this conversation with Easton when he was 3 or 4. But Jack is 8 and he has a hard time understanding the world. Jack is autistic. (that’s the first time I have actually typed that…)
We knew for a while that Jack wasn’t like a typical child and got him into speech therapy when he was only 2. Since then he has had 2 different diagnosis’; Speech delay & Speech and Communication delay. But last month we decided that he was old enough and let him get tested for Autism. I say let him because we had been asked before to get him tested and declined. Having the diagnosis doesn’t really change anything for Jack. He still meets with all his wonderful teachers to help him learn all the skills he will need to succeed in life. But with the diagnosis we have one more tool in our belt.
He is still one of the most amazing people I know. I learn so much from him about patience and kindness. He sees the world so black and white. And the kid is so smart. Jack is who he is. And I love him. It makes me so sad to think that there are people out there who will judge Jack and not give him a chance. But it’s their loss. They are missing out on the amazing chance to have this little boy love them.
With it being April I wanted to spread the word on Autism. This condition is becoming more and more common. 1 in 68 children have Autism. And most of them are boys. Now I am not going to make a statement as to what causes Autism… There are a lot of theories; which is why the research needs to continue. Until all the pieces fit together…
Colette designed some pretty awesome bottle cap imagines to make these cute zipper pulls of key chains. She has a free one up on her site. The “I ‘heart’ Someone With Autism” is the free imagine. The winner will get the whole set and the cute subway art.
Erika is giving away 2 sets to make either key chains or zipper pulls. Each set has 5 zipper pulls, 5 key chains and 10 epoxy stickers.
Staci is giving away a Potter Pack. If you haven’t heard much about these then you should. They are a monthly subscription box sent straight to your door with some of her and her families favorite things. This month they have a printable inspired by Autism. And I love it. Colette from My Computer Is My Canvas actually designed it!
And now for me. I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of the new Pieces of Hope collection!! Thanks to Riley Blake!
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