Global Fund Quilt Challenge

Source of Life – Hollis Chatelain

by Dick Wilbur on September 27, 2016

Source of Life Hollis Chatelain – Hillsboro, North Carolina   Artist’s Statement Water is The Source of Life. We sing and dance to it, pray for it and dream and write about it. Water quenches our thirst, grows our food, washes us and gives us a means for play and relaxation. As our world becomes […]

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She Brings them Water – Dawn Piasta

by Dick Wilbur on July 25, 2016

She Brings them Water  Dawn Piasta – Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada Artist’s Statement: Living on a farm I truly understand the value of water.  Although modern conveniences are at hand, my family and I still rely on water from a well 1/4 mile from home. The safety of the water is our responsibility. The well maintenance […]

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Ancestral Rice Growing – Cathey LaBonte

by Dick Wilbur on June 17, 2016

Ancestral Rice Growing Cathey A. LaBonte – Moosup, Connecticut   Artist’s Statement My intent in this quilt is to visually communicate the importance of clean, fresh water for growing rice, a staple in the diet of many people around the world. My piece is inspired by “Ancestral Rice Growing” and influenced by my Pacific Islander heritage […]

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Our Journey – Pauline Barrett

by Dick Wilbur on June 15, 2016

Our Journey Pauline Barrett – Killeen, Texas   Artist’s Statement In our society today, the triviality of everyday life often obscures what is of greater importance. It is so hard to believe that something can be taken for granted and wasted by so many and yet be such an invaluable lifesaving resource that is so […]

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Cool, Clean Water – Elinore Sigler

by Dick Wilbur on May 30, 2016

Cool, Clean Water Elinore Sigler – Paris, France   Artist’s Statement There seem to be two schools of thought for quilters where designing a quilt is concerned: those who carefully draw and design and then make what they have put down in their notebooks, and those who start with a general idea and improvise. I’ve […]

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Water Line – Phyllis Stephens

by Dick Wilbur on May 18, 2016

Water Line Phyllis Stephens – Fayetteville, Georgia   Artist’s Statement: I am a dreamer; I dream of the day where every human being has access to clean water. I depict children waiting in line for unclean water when what is needed is a water line that pumps in clean water. As I think about the […]

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When the Tap is Finally Turned On – Anita LaHay

by Dick Wilbur on May 12, 2016

When the Tap is Finally Turned On Anita LaHay – Alberta, Canada   Artist’s Statement: “Water is a precious commodity.” That is what my mother always used to say to us when we were kids in the 70’s and 80’s. This statement is true now more than ever. I have never had to haul water […]

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The Well Map – Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix

by Dick Wilbur on May 10, 2016

The Well Map Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix – Geneva, Switzerland                                                                                           […]

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A Clear Necessity – Ann L. Scott

by Dick Wilbur on April 18, 2016

  A Clear Necessity  Ann L. Scott – San Diego, California The lone seed in A Clear Necessity is a reminder that without water there is no sustenance. Every time I turn on a faucet, water a plant or clean out a paintbrush, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to live here in California, […]

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  Title of Quilt: Six Per Cent (dimensions: 19″ width x 25″ length)   Artist’s Statement: The African continent is a patchwork – of cultures, of languages, of ecosystems – and bringing clean water to this continent may be a challenge. But the consequences of success will be powerful, especially in terms of changing the […]

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Eleanor Levie – Let it Flow

by Dick Wilbur on April 11, 2016

Let It Flow  Eleanor Levie – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Today we highlight quilter Eleanore Levie of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who blogged about her experience in creating her quilt “Let it Flow.”  Below please enjoy excerpts and photos from her blog, EleanorLevie.com/quilting-blog:   Artist’s Statement Water is a deeply complex issue, swirling with interwoven challenges of safety, security, social […]

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Pure Water – Joan Blade Johnson

by Dick Wilbur on April 9, 2016

Pure Water Joan Blade Johnson – Hampton, Connecticut I chose to do an image of pure, clean, sparkling water, mindful of the Slovakian proverb: “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” It continuously inspires me to think about how universal access to pure water may be an antidote to many of the world’s […]

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Yearning for Water – Lynn L. Miller

by Dick Wilbur on April 6, 2016

Artist’s Statement:  Each thread, fabric, and every quilted stitch are words that I cannot express any other way.  I use this language to bring us closer together and make us more aware of one another in the fabric of our commonality, a sisterhood of mothers and daughters. Not so much art for art’s sake, but […]

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Fish for Dinner – Nancy Turbitt

by Dick Wilbur on March 31, 2016

Today we feature Smithfield, Rhode Island quilter and teacher Nancy Turbitt, who contributed this guest blog on her Water is Life quilt, “Fish for Dinner.” “Last fall I was asked by Allison Wilbur to be a juror for a Quilt for Change call for entry, Water is Life. I happily agreed and along with the […]

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Gyre #8 – Deborah Weir

by Dick Wilbur on March 29, 2016

Today we feature quilt artist and guest blogger Deborah Weir of Rolling Hill Estates, California   GYRE #8 I am a mixed media artist who works largely with textiles.  I often make contemporary quilts which I primarily hand stitch.  This is an homage to traditional “women’s work.”  However, I use modern materials – upcycled household […]

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“Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,” the latest Quilt for Change challenge exhibit, opens tomorrow at the Palais des Nations, the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  Sponsored by the U.S. diplomatic mission to the United Nations and co-organized with Rome-based American […]

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“Water is Life” to Open March 22 in Geneva

by Dick Wilbur on March 18, 2016

We are delighted to share photos of the forty-one quilts that make up the traveling “Water is Life Exhibit.” Every other day (or so!), we will post another photo from this powerful exhibit along with the artist’s statement.  Look for the first photo and statement on March 22, World Water Day. “Water is Life: Clean […]

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Global Fund Quilt Challenge 2009-2010

by Allison Wilbur on October 8, 2009

Making a Healthier World for our Children Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria In the summer of 2009, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, broadcast a challenge to quilters to help promote the important work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by creating quilts on the theme, “Making […]

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Global Fund Exhibition Dates and Venues

by Allison Wilbur on September 25, 2009

Dates and locations where the quilt challenge for the Global Fund can be seen.

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Les quilts ont été réalisés suite au défi lancé par la Mission permanente des États-Unis de faire réaliser des quilts sur le thème « Créer un monde plus sain pour nos enfants » pour aider le Fonds mondial et faire connaître les enjeux et les efforts menés dans la lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme. Comme le rappelle l’exposition, l’art du quilt est une véritable tradition culturelle amenée aux États-Unis par des immigrants du monde entier. Le résultat est remarquable : à la beauté et à la créativité de ces quilts, il faut ajouter la force des symboles qu’ils représentent.

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