In our call to submit mini quilts for our Covid issue, we asked makers to explore the idea of “honor” during Covid. Through the quilts that were submitted we felt acutely the broad range of emotions that have accompanied the pandemic as it has transformed our lives. We appreciate the rawness our contributors shared in this project. Though these quilts are mini, they are mighty.
Just Wear the Damn Mask by Nicki Allen @allennicki
If there is one image that the pandemic will conjure in the future, it will be masks. Masks we made, masks we wore. We love this incredibly creative mini quilt. Allen wanted to honor those who wore masks without complaint and who recognized that wearing one was an act of public health defense.
Honor Thy Neighbor by Susan Manson @modernmanson
Paper Dolls are the inspiration for this quilt. ThroughHonor Thy Neighbor, Manson wanted to honor all the people who have entered and exited her life this past year: friends, family, healthcare workers, essential workers, those lost to Covid, and those grieving them.
Bubble of Five by Kitty Wilkin @nightquilter
Wilkin’s Covid bubble included five family members. She says about this quilt and one of the ways her family coped with isolation, “Hikes among the trees in remote forests help bolster emotions in a safe way.” We love the way this quilt conveys how nature can help you break through your ‘bubble’ into more elevated living despite social distancing.
Keeping Connected While Staying Apart by Donna Blalock @donnab317
Blalock’s quilt pays tribute to all the ways to stay connected with one another that we’ve discovered during the pandemic. Truly, connecting from a distance has kept us alive physically and emotionally. The hand quilting in this one adds whimsical movement to this quilt.
Heal the World by Victoria Peña @handmadevictoriamarie
This quilt was made to honor caregivers and healthcare workers who have worked so hard, risked their own health, and made sacrifices to help patients battle Covid. Peña says, “They are the hands that give patients hope and compassion in their darkest hours, the trusted hands that do their absolute best to save, the hands that cheer on the people that make it home again to their families, and the hands that are wept into when the disease was insurmountable.”
Coming Apart at the Seams by Sarah Evans @sparklesaxdesigns
Piecing this quilt together helped Evans feel a sense of control and peace when so much around her felt chaotic and out of control. Upon completion, she found the underside of the quilt more interesting than the original intended topside. She says it also felt like a good representation of how the world has seemed flipped upside down during Covid.
You can find these mini covid quilts and more inCurated Quilts, Issue No. 15: Covid. Purchase your copy today!
You can find out more information on how to submit your own mini quilt to Curated Quilts on ourwebsite.
By Brittany Bowen Burton