The U.S. version of the Drones Quilt Project is going full steam! I have received over 90 completed quilt blocks and I have begun sewing them together. I have built a website to support the project: www.dronesquiltproject.wordpress.com and you can see all of the blocks as well as other pertinent info.I recently had 50 names turned back in to me from someone whose event fell through, so I now have 50 names which need to be assigned. If you would like to make a block with a name, please contact me by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to make a block that says “Unnamed woman,” or something like that, those blocks are welcome as well since only about 20% of the victims names are known. Toby Blome had a good idea as well which some of you might want to do, and that is to make a block for a specific attack, like “43 Men Killed in attack on a Jirga.” If you know of a specific circumstance like that and you would like to make a block to memorialize it, feel free, but please send me a link to the source of that information.
If you signed up for a block and you haven’t made it yet, I would like to gently nudge you. There is no deadline…I think this will be an on-going project for a while, but I would like to get the completed blocks back as soon as you can complete them because there is still a good bit of work to do putting them together.
If you have completed a block, I would like to invite you to send me a few sentences about what making the block meant to you. I have created a page on the website called “Artists’ Reflections,” and it is really lovely to see how people have been touched by participating in the project. If you have a photo of yourself to go along with your thoughts, that would be great too!
Please help me publicize the project by forwarding the website, and following the Twitter account: @dronesquilt.