How is it possible that a year has already passed since the tragic events at and following the 2013 Boston Marathon? Time marches on even when it feels like time is standing still. Throughout this past year we have volunteered our time and our creative energy to making things to help strengthen our community. From the "To Boston with Love"
flag effort (now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston) to a handcrafted ornament drive for James and Krista
last Christmas, we have used our craft powers to good.<PREVIEWEND>
We knew we wanted to pay tribute to all those affected by last year's events in some way. First, we reached out to Alice, president of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, to see if she could lend us six quilts from "Quilts for Boston"
- the BMQG charity quilt drive that resulted in over a hundred handmade quilts that were distributed to those affected by the events of last April. We sponsored a couple sew-ins to help piece blocks that were arriving from all over the world and sew backs for the various quilts. I was surprised at how easily the tears flowed when I unpacked the quilts Alice dropped off.
Carla mapped out the various stitches to recreate the illustration and we then used sashiko to quilt the white top to a red cotton back using cream pearl cotton. Once quilted, we embroidered the Boston Marathon route
through all the layers, using french knots for the mile markers.
We asked a number of folks to come and help us stitch this piece. Because it's the act of creating together that inspires us to continue investing our resources into gather here. Spending hours with publishers, scientists, librarians, graphic designers, and artists to create the final quilt was an incredible way to process so many feelings. And getting to introduce these talented folks to one another was also a bonus.
After displaying the One Heart Boston quilt on the eve of the bombing anniversary, Noah and I stood on the sidewalk of Broadway and I whispered, "THIS is so fucking good." Yes, there were tears. It's been awesome to see the photos people have taken of the quilt and of the Quilts for Boston window display . The photographer's reflection in the window while gazing on these tangible objects of love gets me choked up every single time.
We are so lucky to live in such an amazing, resilient city. With so many talented people who are also generous and lovely to boot. We are proud of what we can and will continue to create together. For we are all, Boston Strong.
Visit the shop throughout May 18th to view the Quilts for Boston display.