Cincinnati Community Quilt top
Iâ€™m not feeling well; no new projects today. Instead how about a project from a few year ago.
When I moved to Cincinnati in 2005, my friend Denise encouraged me to join the quilt guild there. I showed up to my first meeting feeling awkward and out of place, but a few months later I jumped in with both feet. Being involved with the guild helped me feel part of a community.
This quilt is the epitome of community. To celebrate the opening a quilt exhibit in 2008, the Cincinnati Art Museum collected fabric from the Cincinnati community. Over 100 people/groups donated fabric in a variety of colors and materials. Then another 75 members from the Ohio Valley Quiltersâ€™ Guild constructed the quilt. I had the honor of organizing the quiltâ€™s creation.
Several large boxes overstuffed with fabric were dropped off at my home. With the help of my non-quilting friends, we organized the crazy collection of fabric into color coordinated packs for guild members to begin making blocks.
The members made 9â€ blocks with the fabric from the packs in any pattern they wanted. A month later the blocks were turned in and a small group gathered to lay out and piece together the completed blocks. A member donated her time to do the quilting and another did the binding. It was a project inspired and created by a community.
Cincinnati Community Quilt – finished