Remembrance Quilt Project to Stop Gun Violence

Local Mother Makes Newtown Remembrance Quilt As Fundraiser to Stop Gun Violence

Sunday, December 30, 2012
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That night, she turned to a familiar comforting activity as a way to process and cope with the news and her own emotions: quilting. She began to sew one star quilt-block for each victim of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. By dawn, she realized that her humble quilt squares could also become a way to increase awareness, action, and change. Thus was born her Star Quilt of Remembrance project: Making and giving away her handmade quilt as a way to raise money to stop gun violence.

On January 14, 2013, she will give her quilt to one randomly selected donor in her fundraiser. All proceeds go directly to the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence,, a national nonprofit coalition of 48 religious, social justice, and public health organizations that “seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.” Virginia’s goal is to raise $5000, and one week into her fundraiser, she has already raised over $1000. She has also received a personal email of thanks from the Development Director of CSGV, who was particularly moved by one of Virginia’s blog posts and even made a personal donation.

Virginia grew up locally and attended Peabody Elementary, Laguna Blanca, and Santa Barbara High School. She is now the mother of three teenagers (all Dons), teaches childbirth and breastfeeding classes, and travels internationally to train childbirth professionals. Her husband teaches Philosophy at SBCC. Virginia is also a member of two local quilt guilds: The SB Modern Quilt Guild and Coastal Quilters.

Donors who give $250 or more will receive miniature handmade quilts from Virginia to thank them for their generosity. Word is spreading on social media through women’s health organizations and quilting groups.

Too learn more and make a secure donation, check out the quilt fundraising website at To see Virginia’s blog, to read more about her project and process, to see photos of the quilt in progress, and to add comments or ask questions, check out

Local Mother Virginia Bobro will donate hand-crafted quilt in remembrance of Newtown, CT gun shooting.
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Virginia Bobro

Local Mother Virginia Bobro will donate hand-crafted quilt in remembrance of Newtown, CT gun shooting.


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I'm not against background checks and some gun regulation, but having been around the block a few times and seeing the website provided here I wonder what their true agenda is.

Would those who call for more gun control also be willing to address the changes in our societal way of thinking that has produced so many of these "Lone Wolf" types who go on these killing sprees?

Is the notable silence on this issue related to the fact that such self-examination would force them to admit that some of the attitudes of the Left toward child-rearing and the family structure have contributed to this problem and that scapegoating guns alone isn't the answer?

I also noted on the website that they say gun violence kills 8 children per day. Why focus just on the children? Do they feel we've become desensitized to the point where we don't care if adults get killed? (And perhaps they're right)

Here are three websites that refute stereotypes about gun owners. I would like to see the people from CSGV sit down and talk to the people from these three pro-2nd amendment groups.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2012 at 3:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

People may think because "It's in the Constitution," that the 2nd amendment will always be safeguarded. For these people, I suggest they read Senator Barbara Boxer's autobiography "Strangers in The Senate." On page 179, Boxer writes "Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island has introduced a bill to prohibit the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, purchase, transfer, receipt, possession, or transportation of handguns or handgun ammunition; the only exception would be for law enforcement, military guards, or antique collectors and regulated handgun clubs. Senator Chafee calls his bill the 'Public Health and Safety Act,' and that's an appropriate name." For the next four pages she quotes Chafee after which Boxer writes "Waiting periods may well help and I support them, but I do believe that Senator Chafee's approach will lead to a better America." (funny how she doesn't mention this on her website)

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2012 at 3:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Honestly, Bill, there's simply no chance of a repeal of Second Amendment, and that fear feels like a straw horse to deflect attention from excessive gun violence in our country. Sen. Boxer's support of Sen. Chaffee's ideas is excellent, which is why I voted for her. Don't worry, Sen. Feinstein is on the main Senate Comm. dealing with this issue, and she's heavily pro-gun.
Sure, we need better mental health care, sure there are huge problems with the WHYs of so much killing with guns, but reducing the supply and restricting access will help a great deal now. Anyway, under Chaffee's "regulated gun clubs" all you who love to shoot can join: hopefully rigorous mental health checks are part of the limitation to getting into the club.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2012 at 6:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

billclausen, I agree with your posts (strange bedfellows). I consider "Call Me Senator" Boxer a waste of a good Senate seat.

DrDan, what has "Disarm 'em" Diane Feinstein ever said to make you think she is "heavily pro-gun"? Feinstein has been steadfastly anti-gun for decades.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
December 31, 2012 at 8:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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