Sunday, May 17, 2009

Aids Memorial Quilt Panel

I am in a small group called Fiber Art Fusion that meets on a monthly basis. One of the members, Margaret Betz, organized a project for our group to create a block for the Aids Memorial quilt. This quilt celebrates the lives of real people who were loved and lost to HIV/Aids. You may remember the famous photo of the quilt spread on the great lawn in Washington D.C.

A block is 12 feet square and is made up of 8 panels that measure 3' by 6' each. We divided into groups of 3 and each group created a panel. This is a picture of the panel that I helped create with my friends Vickie Meredith Lord and Suzanne Balis Freed and is in memory of Fela Kuti. He was a famous Nigerian musician and activist and you can read about him here.

If you or a group you are associated with are looking for a meaningful project and are willing to donate a little time and materials, there are many people waiting to be added to the quilt. The Names Project will provide all of the information you need to create a block or just a panel. You receive a packetof information about each person. Some of them containg personal items and a family contact so you can personalize the panel. This has really been a meaningful experience. To find out more about the quilt and how to get involved here is the link - Aids Memorial Quilt.


Laura Kay said...

What a meaningful project! What you do with a quilt is amazing!!!

TextileTraveler said...

What a wonderful use of your skills, Judy. I hope you are enjoying the screen printing class, btw.

Natalya said...

what a great idea! and happy birthday!

Judy Hartman said...

Hi Judy,
This panel is really beautiful and meaningful. What a wonderful thing to do with your talents!
I've also seen your amazing landscapes and really admire them.
Thanks so much for your comment on my blog!

Vickie said...

i'm following your blog now too. I got with a group this year and we did Alyson Stanfield art marketing salon, and there was a fiber artist in there too - Laurie Wright. So, I look forward to following your blog - I grew up in Marietta, my mom is on Johnson Ferry!