COVID Loss Quilt Project

In early 2021, I saw a request for artists in Portland, OR to create an art-focused event to help the residents of the city process their unexpressed grief and loss as a result of the pandemic. It immediately made think about how a quilt has the potential for honoring the dead, holding space for memory, and comforting those who are hurting from their loss.

I wanted to participate, but I just didn’t know how making a quilt could be condensed down into a single event. The opportunity did get me thinking about the concepts above. Truthfully, I haven’t stopped thinking about these things since, hence why I’m moving forward with this project.

With the financial support of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, I have the resources and support I need to set this project in motion. My deepest gratitude to RACC for making this community quilt project a possibility.

I want to create a quilt made of fabric contributed by many different people, each piece holding a special place for someone’s loss and grief.

Participation Elements

  • Think about a loss you’ve experienced either directly or indirectly to COVID… it could be a person, a home, a job, a special event, an identity, a milestone, or even just a feeling.

  • Once you’ve decided, look in your belongings until you find a piece of fabric that reminds you of or represents this person, place, or thing that you’ve lost.

  • Do some reflective writing about the fabric you’ve chosen and how it relates to the loss you’ve experienced and want to honor through your participation in this project.

  • Submit your fabric and writing to me by Sunday, March 20, 2022.

To participate,

  • Submit your reflective writing through this google form, found here.

  • Once the form is submitted, I will give mailing/pick up options for your fabric.

  • If you have questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I am here to help.

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I want to express my sincerest thanks.

Before the end of 2022, I hope that we can gather together safely to view the finished quilt and share in each others’ stories.