The COVID-19 Compassion Quilt Project will focus on the creation of a campus quilt to commemorate our collective experience around Covid-19.
All members of the campus community will be encouraged to create a 10” square panel for the quilt. This panel may honor someone who died during this pandemic (of Covid or other illnesses/accidents), honor the service of someone during the pandemic, or provide some expression of what we are grateful for during this pandemic.
Each participant will share their story about who their panel honors and what the art of the panel means for them. It is through the process of creating this quilt that the campus can grieve together and find healing through our common experiences.
You can purchase material (100% cotton preferred) at a Joann’s store (or quilting shop) OR just cut up a clean shirt or other piece of clothing (perhaps something from a loved one). Medium-weight, non-stretch fabrics such as poplin work best.
You will want to sketch out your design so you know what you want before you start creating. If this is a memorial panel, provide the name of the person you are remembering. Once you have your design sketched out, you can draw, paint, or sew your piece together! Find out the rules of designing below.
Possible techniques for decorating the panel:
Thank you so much for sharing your story and building this quilt with us! We will be contacting those who want to help put this quilt together in the fall.
My mother was a fervent supporter of the underserved. She dedicated her life to helping others. She began the first chapter of Women's Empowerment International here in North County 20 plus years ago. She and her friends started this to support micro loans for women in Latin America. My mother worked at local food banks and shelters providing mental health support. My mother loved to quilt in her spare time. 10 years ago my mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia and she lost her battle with this horrible illness in June of 2020. Because of COVID, we were not able to be with her as much in her last months. I am making this panel to remember her, her story and those she helped.
- Laura Coca
Did you know speech-language pathologists (SLP) are healthcare workers? Our SLP graduate student clinicians often start their clinical placements in a hospital or a public school. Not only have our students risen to the challenge of working through a global pandemic risking their own lives, but many fully transitioned to telepractice in a matter of days in order to keep their clients on target with their progress. Not only have our students continued to face new challenges that COVID-19 brings everyday, but many of them have lost loved ones themselves. I want to honor all SLPs, not just our students but alumnae and beyond, for all they have done for the community during this very difficult time.
- Rachel Nortz
We have been working together through this pandemic in the emergency room. I think I'm still too close to the events of the last year to say much more than that.
- Gage VanderMeer