The Solidarity Blocks, 1 year later — News from EuropeRiane Menardi Morrison
The Solidarity Blocks project launched one year ago and showed how generous the quilting community is! Our artists created 80 blocks, which they shared with you to allow you (and your needle) to participate in this adventure. We received over 800 blocks! Some of you replicated the designers’ patterns while others gave free rein to their imagination. But it’s not the end…
Your blocks allowed us to assemble 35 quilts in Europe!
The Solidarity Blocks have almost all been assembled in France, thanks to the numerous groups who have participated. We we would like to thank Marie-France Lefèbvre, Chantal Baquin, Françoise Leseurre and the members of L’Pique et Brode association in Le Croisic for handling the making of the quilts in France. In the US, once again we would like to thank Vicki, Ben, Kathleen, Korri, Laura, Leigh Ann, Barbara, and Debbie, members of the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild. See all of their beautiful quilts here.
The time is almost here to send them off to their new homes, where we hope they will give comfort to frontline workers and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But before we send them away, we want to hear from you. Tell us where you think the quilts should be sent and why, and we will review all submissions and send the quilts to a select few. Quilts are limited, so we will be sending them to places we believe they will have the most impact. Once again, many thanks to all of you for participating in this effort!
Gallery of the European Solidarity Quilts
Over the course of the year, we gathered the quilts and took pictures of them so that you can admire the results of this wonderful operation. It is such a joy to see these blocks assembled, ready to share with others. Here are some of the images, and we will share more as we are allowed to travel again.
We want to send a huge thanks to our dear partners for making this project possible. Art Gallery Fabrics supplied the backing fabric, Hobbs supplied the batting, and Wonderfil supplied the thread, all necessary elements to accompany your blocks. The quilts are now ready to share out into the world!