The Genuine Warmth Of Fran Crippen

The Genuine Warmth Of Fran Crippen

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

A quilt made by an international group of quilters to memorialize the legacy of Fran Crippen is nearly finished. The design represents marker buoys on a rectangular course over deep and shallow water.

It is an original design based on a traditional pattern and will be large enough to use on a double bed or as a wall hanging.

As Kate Alexander explains, “Quilts traditionally represent rest and comfort, healing and love, protection and security. Indeed, quilts are commonly called ‘comforters’. Quilts, also, of course, are designed to bring warmth. Of the many gentile qualities attributed to Fran Crippen, one was his genuine warmth – an abiding and endearing friendliness and generosity that distinguished both the man and the swimmer.

The quilt will be auctioned to raise money for the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation. This quilt, designed as a memorial to Fran and other open water swimmers, is an attempt by the quilt makers to bring their own sense of peace to a tragedy that touched so many.

The Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation is working to advocate for safety and aid athletes as they journey to elevate themselves
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