Global Fund Challenge

Making a Healthier World for our Children

Sarajevo Quilters with \”Health Care is not a Game of Chance\”

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.  Quilters were invited to create quilts related to this theme highlighting the challenges in fighting these three pandemics, and to submit them for display at the United Nations in Geneva.

Symbols of Life by Rose Legge


The 16 moving quilts in this exhibition come from 27 quilters in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The exhibit opened at the United Nations European headquarters at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 2009 attracting thousands of visitors.  The quilts then toured seven cities in the United States with Mancuso Quilt Festivals in 2010.  The quilts also were displayed at the Machine Quilters Expo East in Providence, Rhode Island in April 2012.

Quilts paired with Global Fund Photos



Our deepest appreciation goes out to Mancuso Quilt Festivals, for featuring the exhibition at their seven quilt festivals around the U.S. in 2010 and to Friends of the Fight for their support in making the U.S. tour possible.




Exhibition Schedule

November 2009   Opening at Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
February 2010  MidAtlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, Virginia
March 2010 New Jersey Quiltfest
August 2010  World Quilt Show, Manchester, New Hampshire
September 2010   Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
October 2010   Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs, California
October 2010   Pacific International Quilt Fest, Santa Clara, California
January 2011   World Quilt, Orlando, Florida
April 2012   Machine Quilters Expo, Providence, Rhode Island


To view the quilts from the exhibit “Making a Healthier World for our Children,”  read artists’ statements and find links to artists’ websites, click here.

American Women’s Club, Geneva, Switzerland
–  Laurel Adamsen
–  Valorie Fanger
–  Dorothy Stockwell
–  Penelope Swan
Sarajevo Quilters
–  Angela Appleby, England
–  Haha Othman, Malaysia
–  Madge Wood, United Staes
–  Martha Gosnell, United States
–  Erika Viinamakil, England
–  Omayma Kandinl, Egypt
–  Kazoo Motai, Japan
–  Rosemary Tweediel, Australia
–  Waltraud Heidel, Germany
Lindea Parnell and her Grade 4 class at South Rutland Elementary School, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Taylor, Burke, Virginia
Paulette Peters, Elkhorn, Nebraska
Dawn Piasta, Manitoba, Canada
Chieko McDowell, Winchester, Virginia
Rose Legge, Fairplay, Colorado
Marianne Gravely, Woodbridge, Virginia
Jean Southerlan, Fairfax, Virginia
Julie Zaccone Stiller, Boulder Creek, Colorado
Diane Hill, Falls Church, Virginia
Allison Wilbur, Columbia, Maryland
Dorothy Stockwell, Geneva, Switzerland
Corinne and Claudette Beque, Castelnau, France
Margarete Steinhauer, Scituate, Massachusetts

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Founded in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other national, bilateral, and multinational organizations, including the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), to support countries’ efforts to fight the three diseases.

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