Uhart COVID Quilt Project


via: wiquiltmuseum

Fran Altvater, Project Coordinator

Dear members of the University of Hartford community,

COVID-19 has changed our lives. Patterns and routines are different. How we live and learn is changed. We lost cherished fun with friends like movies, sports, and travel. Marking special occasions from bar mitzvahs to weddings has been changed radically. Our family and friends are helpers and essential workers, changing our closest interactions. We’ve seen loved ones sicken and suffer. We have lost beloveds. We are grieving.

Looking for a way to grieve through action and remembrance spurred the idea to make a commemorative quilt. A quilt can join together people in the community as it joins each panel together. Like the AIDS NAMES project (but on a much smaller scale), we will be making quilt panels stitched together in a COVID-19 quilt for and from the university community.  

We have plans to display and store the quilt as part of our experience of this time.

The panel size requirement is 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches with a half-inch margin on all sides to allow for attachment (the decorative area is 8 inches by 8 inches). Pre-cut panels are available at Hillyer 114, or you can provide your own cotton or poly-cotton base panel in the required dimensions. 

Please spread the word. We will take as many panels as folks want to submit. If you would like to contribute, make one or more panel(s). 

While this project is ongoing, panels received by April 16 will be displayed as a public event to be scheduled.

For more info, please refer to the flyer found here, or contact me at [email protected]