Exhibits and Projects

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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  Artist’s Statement Inspired by visions, experiences, books, news reports and debates on TV, as well as by a concern for contemporary problems regarding human conditions, this quilt interprets personal concerns, pain and fears. The title half-opens the door to a story easily read by the viewer. “In Africa and Asia, women and children walk […]

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With Water – Colleen Ansbaugh

by Dick Wilbur on April 2, 2016

Today we feature With Water, a lovely piece by fiber artist Colleen Ansbaugh of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Artist’s Statement: The cloth speaks to me. It tells me how it wants to be stitched, marked or embellished. I hand dye the fabric to reflect the colors in nature.  Often times my work is a mix of new […]

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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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Bounty of the Seas – Allison Wilbur

by Dick Wilbur on March 25, 2016

Today’s “Water is Life” quilt was submitted by Allison Wilbur of Barrington, RI. Allison is Co Founder of Quilt for Change, along with her husband Dick Wilbur.  If you would like to read about the creation of  Bounty of the Seas, please visit her blog post on AllisonWilburQuilts.com   Artist’s Statement: Coral reefs cover less than […]

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Water Lady – by Jennifer Day

by Dick Wilbur on March 22, 2016

We are delighted to start our presentation of the Water is Life quilts with a guest blog by longtime Quilt for Change artist Jennifer Day of Santa Fe, New Mexico.   Water Poverty by Jennifer Day Photography by Rick Scabelli Jr                   The Water Lady lives in Northern New Mexico, […]

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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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Women, Peace and Security Quilts at Gender Conference

by Allison Wilbur on November 17, 2015

Dick and I are both graduates of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (in fact that is where we met!). We recently learned that the Fletcher School will be holding a conference on gender December 4 -5, and so we contacted the organizers and offered the Women, Peace and Security Quilt Exhibit for display. The […]

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When it rains, it pours and, in New England, when it snows, well, it dumps on you.  We’ve had quite our fill of snow this winter here in Rhode Island, and have waited patiently (sometimes not so) for Spring to arrive.  What’s helped us through the winter has been settling into a new house, (finally) […]

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Advocacy Quilts Needed for Lowell Exhibit

by Allison Wilbur on February 11, 2015

As you know, advocacy quilting is the heart and soul of what Quilt for Change is about.  Over the last few years we have not only curated our own advocacy exhibits but worked with other organizations to unleash the power of quilting in support of women’s empowerment.  One such organization is The Advocacy Project (http://www.advocacynet.org). […]

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Women, Peace and Security Quilt Challenge

by Allison Wilbur on December 20, 2010

Entry deadline January 15, 2011 In partnership with the United Nations Population Fund Would you like to have a quilt exhibited at the United Nations? Are you interested in issues facing women around the world? Have you lived or worked overseas, or travelled and become interested in the role of women as leaders in other […]

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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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These quilts are a most powerful reminder that behind the staggering figures lies the suffering of individual girls and boys – children who are robbed of their childhood, the hope of a future and their rightful place in our human family. And we, in turn, are deprived of their unique contributions to our common good. We owe it to each one of them and to ourselves to make their health our priority. It is the only way to fulfill our obligations to succeeding generations. Let the creativity, commitment and compassion that we see illustrated here inspire us.

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The Global Fund is one of our most important partners in Geneva. Combating AIDS, TB and Malaria is a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy; the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative has made these diseases a priority, focusing on maternal and child health as a key part of an integrated strategy to break the destructive nature of these diseases in society.

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This is a wonderful exhibition because it really symbolizes the transition we have made in recent years from despair in the face of disease to the extraordinary hope that has been brought to millions of people around the world. They do not represent young lives lost, but lives being saved. And they symbolize the humanity, care and generosity of the American people in their bold commitment to addressing the major diseases around the world.

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