Lucina Lighting the Way, by Mary Vaneecke of Tucson, Arizona

July 20, 2013

  Lucina Lighting the Way Mary Vaneecke Tuscon, Arizona Lucina was the Roman goddess of light and childbirth – she who brings children into the light.  Here, Lucina is pregnant and holds a golden orb.  The lively color scheme and bright shapes evoke a hopeful spring.  This quilt is a tribute to our modern-day Lucinas, […]

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Weaving Together Hope, by Shannon Shirley of Woodbridge, Virginia

July 18, 2013


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The Giving Circle – Lorraine Landroche of West Warwick, Rhode Island

July 13, 2013

  The Giving Circle  Lorraine Landroche West Warwick, Rhode Island I heard about this Quilt for Change challenge from my local quilting guild and was inspired by further readings on energy poverty to create “The Giving Circle”. I ran across a commercial fabric that seemed to cry out to me to answer the call. The […]

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Behind the Darkness Is Light – Dawn Piasta, Dauphin, Manitoba

July 10, 2013

  Behind the Darkness is Light Dawn Piasta Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada   The appearance of black is merely a sign of the absence of light. Without light, there would be no sight. In researching the works of the Solar Sister non-profit organization I was drawn to a dark and mysterious photograph that simply showed the […]

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Light=Hope=Light, by Marianne Gravely of Woodbridge, VA

June 27, 2013

  Light=Hope=Light Marianne Gravely Woodbridge, Virginia Our children are both the light of our lives and our hope for the future. While we in the U.S. turn off lights to save electricity, and worry about conserving energy to protect the planet for our children, on the other side of the world children live in energy […]

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Wind Tryptich – Barbara Eisentein, Bethesda, Maryland

June 26, 2013

A Mighty Wind – Barbara Einstein   Wind To Enlighten; Night Wind; A Mighty Wind Barbara Eisenstein – Bethesda, Maryland   Wind power must be used to create the light and hope for empowering women throughout the globe. The power generated can be used to provide light for reading and learning, refrigeration, clean electrical cooking, and […]

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Clean Energy for the Future

June 23, 2013

  Clean Energy for the Future Ms. Dionne’s Grade 6 Class with retired teacher Lindea Parnell – Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada I was really pleased to be involved with this Quilt for Change activity. As a retired teacher I do not have a class of my own, so I “borrowed” Ms. Dionne’s grade 6 class to […]

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Sewing Sister – Allison Wilbur, Barrington, Rhode Island

June 21, 2013

  Sewing Sister Allison Wilbur Barrington, Rhode Island When I first met Katherine Lucey, Executive Director of Solar Sister, she told me the story of Teddy the Tailor.  Before she purchased a solar light, Teddy Namirembe would walk to a nearby village in Uganda to work at night, leaving her three daughters at home. The […]

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Juarez, by Deborah Weir – Rolling Hills Estates, California

June 19, 2013

  Juarez Deborah Weir Rolling Hills Estates, California   The women in Juarez, Mexico, walk alone at night from their places of work (maquiladoras) on usually unpaved roads trying to reach home safely.  There are no street lights, no safe public transportation.  The electricity in Juarez is used to run the factories, not to help […]

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Light the Darkness

June 18, 2013

    LIGHT THE DARKNESS  Melanie Johnston and Joan Johnson Hampton, Connecticut   The aspect of energy poverty we chose to highlight is how the lack of a steady source of power can limit access to education. Without a consistent source of light, it is challenging at best for children to read books for the […]

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Light and Shadows 1&2

June 15, 2013

Light and Shadows Parts 1&2 Timna Tarr, South Hadley, Massachusetts   Ruth E. Renkel wrote, “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” When I read that quote, I knew it would be inspiration for this challenge.      Through their work, Solar Sister is the light shining literally and figuratively […]

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A Brighter Day, a Better World – Rose Legge, Castle Rock, CO

June 14, 2013

  A Brighter Day, A Better World Rose Legge – Castle Rock, Colorado   My quilt, “A Brighter Day, A Better World,” is a depiction of a colorful, verdant landscape with the sun shining down, bestowing its warmth and life-giving properties.  There are hand-drawn leaves, flowers, and rolling hills which include hand-painted and commercial machine-quilted […]

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Light for Enlightenment – Diana Ferguson, Sweetwater, Tennessee

June 12, 2013

  Light for Enlightenment – Diana Ferguson, Sweetwater, Tennessee Joy is inherent in the human experience, yet it can be worn thin through hardships.  Opportunity creates a lifting up of the spirit and makes hardships seem less controlling.  Solar lamps are a miraculous part of an uplifting opportunity. To receive the gift of light during the […]

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A New Day Dawns – Kathleen Paduano, Evergreen, CO

June 11, 2013

  “A New Day Dawns” I have named my quilt as a reminder that each new day brings us closer to having the awareness and the technology to close the gap on Energy Poverty.  Solar Energy is the solution to providing not just light, but a safe and efficient source of energy for people anywhere […]

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Eyes Wide Open – Shin-hee Chin

June 9, 2013

  Eyes Wide Open: Seeing Light in the Mundane My quilt work portrays the nexus between energy poverty and women, highlighting the neglected nature of this critical issue and the urgent need of universalisation of energy service to women in less developed parts of the world. To emphasize the pervasiveness and prevalence of this fundamental […]

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Good Day Sunshine – Laura Cooke, Barrington, RI

June 8, 2013

We start our showcase of the quilts and quilters participating in Solar Sister: Empowering Women through Clean Energy  with this quilt by Barrington, RI quilter Laura Cooke.  Laura’s artist statement is below the photo of her bright and welcoming sun superimposed on the African continent. When I read the title of this year’s challenge: Light, […]

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Solar Sister Exhibition: Showcase of Quilts

June 4, 2013

Those of you following us on facebook and Twitter know by now that the date has been set for the opening of our newest challenge exhibit, Solar Sister: Empowering Women through Clean Energy.”  “Solar Sister” will go on display at the United Nation’s European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the Palais des Nations, starting Thursday, June […]

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Facebook Community Booming

May 30, 2013

We’re delighted to announce that our Facebook page (Quilt for Change/Quilt Challenge) now has over 300 “Likes”!  It’s a small milestone but an important one!  If you have yet to Like us on FB and/or don’t yet follow us on Twitter, please take the time now to do so…. and share/re-tweet our posts so that […]

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Women, Peace and Security Exhibit in Denver

May 18, 2013

Lea McComas reports that the Women, Peace and Security Exhibit at the Mancuso Quilt Festival in Denver, Colorado was well received. She spent time talking with viewers who were moved by the quilts. Many asked about our next challenge – check here for more info soon!

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Let the Sunshine In …And Raise Your Voices in Unison! by Anna Hergert

April 4, 2011

My challenge quilt specifically addresses the issue of Women, Peace and Security in the form of provoking analytical thinking. Let us all rally for Middle Eastern women that they NOT remain faceless AND voiceless during the process of forming the new governments. Women must be a vital part of the solution! The collective spirit empowers women around the world whether rich or poor, covered or uncovered, old or young, oppressed or free, no matter what our skin colour or spiritual convictions. Let us find strength and courage in Margaret Mead’s powerful words “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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