The Community Quilt Project
The Community Quilt Project, which began in May 2009, was inspired by the treasured Women’s Memorial Quilt. Residents, cultural groups, and community groups are invited to contribute a square for a community quilt or create a quilt with their group. The quilts are exhibited for the community to enjoy and then auctioned to raise money for the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts and the community groups who contributed.
Community quilting excites personal expression, connects people, and creates community. The Community Quilt project gave people from different communities with different life experiences the opportunity to learn an ancient craft, to create together in an open and encouraging environment, and to connect and come to know one another better in the process. Quilters had the opportunity to tell their story and talk about their work.
People interested in creating fabric art workshops are invited to contribute their ideas email
A Memorial to Breast Cancer Victims: Lydia Shimek
"I made these blocks during sessions at the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts. The stratas of strip pieced fabrics had originally been sewn during a workshop with Marilyn Doheny about 15 years ago. The Dresden plate block was paper pieced by my daughter before that. By the time I put the blocks together and October being breast cancer month, the title was set."
Self-Blessing Mandala: Sarah Turner
On the first day of the workshop, Lisa brought in a small bowl of rocks and invited us all to contribute by writing on them. I wrote “self-acceptance” on one, and “community” on another. In Dalai Lama’s words, “When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.” Placing this bowl of rocks at the centre of our round worktable everyday signals our connection, if only for a few minutes or hours. We come together to listen, to be open. This too is the work of self-blessing, so we may learn to open our hearts as wide as the world. May we all move beyond our limits and heal through self-blessing.
You are invited to click each square to read the personal story: