Quilts and quilt making are an integral part of American history. They provide physical warmth and are symbolic of emotional security. Quilts serve as a powerful vehicle for artistic and political expression, reflecting the culture and society in which they have been created. Communal in nature, quilts tell stories and capture meanings that create bonds among family members, friends and neighbors. It is with this sense of community that we come together to create quilts that shine a spotlight on the current epidemic of violence and pay tribute to gun violence victims.
How Our Quilts Are Made
Photo images are provided by families who have suffered loss. These images are transferred onto quilt blocks and quilt guilds volunteer to assemble them. Tying the quilt is the final step in the process. Often, the families who have provided the photo images gather together to complete the tying. There is no cost to the families or the volunteer quilters.
While the number of images on a quilt can vary, the center block “Remember Me–The Innocent Faces of Gun Violence” is a constant. Each completed quilt also includes a block which lists the group(s) who assembled and tied the quilt. Completed quilts remain the property of the Remember Me Quilt Project.
Quilts are exhibited in a variety of public venues, such as galleries, museums, libraries, community centers and faith-based facilities. When displayed, along with the victims’ personal stories, they provide a powerful reminder of the profound loss to families, friends, the community at large as well as the human potential that will never be realized.