About five years ago, Angela Rich thought of a creative remedy to a trying question presented by her newborn niece: How do you support the people you love when you live far away? Her answer was a custom-made quilt.
“I thought about her name,” she said. “I thought about as her auntie, what I would want her to take with her to grow up.”
“Grow strong and fearless,” is the message Rich stitched into the quilt she made for her niece, who she says is now a feisty red-headed kid who is full of spunk.
At the baby shower for her niece, Rich said she was surprised by the interest the quilt generated, and that some suggested she make a business out of it.
Earlier this month, Rich officially launched Wee Possibilities, a company that sews custom-made quilts for children. She consults with families to create a quilt that captures a certain theme or sentiment, she said. Rich said she loves hearing about the stories behind different families, especially how children come into them.
“Kids are all the things that are still yet to be in the world,” she said. “I hope to help us help them set up future generations for success.”
Rich never planned on making a business out of sewing quilts, but as part of her journey of healing from nine years of service in the Army, Wee Possibilities has become Rich’s way of “putting good into the world.”
“When you have a front row seat to suffering, it makes you look at kids differently,” she said.
Rich said her time in the military marks both the best and the worst times of her life. She enlisted at the age of 18, saying that something about the military seemed exciting and challenging. While Rich formed many good relationships she keeps dear today, being a woman in the service was challenging, and so were the realities of war. For Rich, the world went from white and black to “a bunch of shades of grey.”
“You see things you can’t unsee,” she said. “People lose parts of themselves; they physically come home but some part of them didn’t make it back.”
Making quilts, she said, is an embodiment of Rich’s intention to guide youth away from making the decisions that have led to the war-torn world we live in. The name of the business reflects this, she said.
“There has to be the smallest possibility that something can change and be different,” she said. “They are little possibilities–that is what kids are.”
More information about Wee Possibilities can be found at https://www.weepossibilities.com/
Philip Santos can be reached at 707-441-0506.