A square for the COVID Memorial Quilt project by Madeleine Fugate
Let’s be part of The COVID Memorial Quilt Project
The Wilkins School Community Center is collecting, and/or assembling memorial squares from our area to submit as a Greater Pittsburgh panel collection for The Covid Memorial Quilt, a living global memorial to all those who have died from COVID-19, groups who deserved to be honored, such as nurses, teachers, essential workers, and frontliners in hospitals, communities, assisted living homes, schools, states, countries, and more, and anyone affected by Covid-19. You need not know someone who lost their life to COVID to participate.
You can create your own square, or if you do not sew or need assistance to create a square, below you will find ways to participate and how we can help. The squares collected and created will be displayed here at the WSCC first (virtually until the quilt can be enjoyed in person). Later the quilt will be sent on to become a Pittsburgh panel of the global COVID Memorial Quilt.
WHAT SIZE IS A SQUARE?
The majority of Memorial Squares that we receive measure 8” x 8”. We trim down those that are larger. We then sew them into a panel using a ¼” seam allowance all around. The finished Memorial Square as seen in the quilt panel will be 7 ½” x 7 ½.” Therefore, any design should take this into account, so important information is not too close to the edges.
WHAT IF I CAN’T SEW?
You do not need to know how to sew. We have volunteers who will create a Memorial Square from whatever items you send. Here is a list of sample materials:
- A favorite shirt, jacket, or other pieces of clothing
- Felt letters of a name
- Logos from favorite sports teams, military, or university
- Favorite band/movie emblems or merchandise
- Buttons, jewelry, or belt buckles
- Handkerchiefs, bandanas, or scarves
- Transfer images or photographs of the person you lost
- Masks, clothes, buttons, or baseball caps
- Images of favorite places, national parks, cities, theme parks, or tourist spots
- Poems, song lyrics, or book titles
- A signature in Sharpie
Virtually anything that speaks to the person you lost that can be incorporated onto an 8” x 8” square. The Covid Memorial Quilt is an art display so you can be creative. It will not be used on a bed.
Where to submit a square:
- If you wish to submit your square or item(s) to be included in our local COVID Memorial Project first send you materials to: WSCC, 7604 Charleston Avenue, Swissvale Pa 15218. Call or email with questions, 412.244.8458 or email@example.com.
- You can also opt to not participate in this local collection and submit directly to the COVID Memorial Project; COVID MEMORIAL QUILT, 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd #443, Studio City, CA 91604.
How did this start?
The Covid Memorial Quilt began as a 7th grade community action project, “Young Change-Makers in a COVID-19 World.” Inspired by stories about the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which her mother worked on, student Madeleine Fugate chose to make a Covid Memorial Quilt as a way to publicly grieve, honor and recognize all those who have died.
Word spread and the Covid Memorial Quilt soon outgrew a school project. Individual Memorial Squares are sent in from all over the world by friends and families to honor a loved one. The Covid Memorial Quilt has now become a global project of hope and healing.
To learn more about the COVID Memorial Quilt Project by Madeleine Fugate, how it started and examples of square, visit https://covidquilt2020.com/