Where do you come from? A worldwide quilt project.
Where do you come from?Stories within blocks. - Blocks and their stories.
The IdeaEvery era and every region has its own traditions, symbols and patterns.
Where are your regional and cultural roots?
Which motifs represent your personal background or interests?
Think about the wealth of medieval masonry, tribal tattoos, tile patterns, architectural structures, calligraphy, and shapes of flowers, leaves or indigenous animals. All of them offer an endless variety of potential new patchwork patterns...
The GoalThe patterns along with your background stories will be published in our “Patterns around the World” Handbook (working title). We reserve the right to refuse the publication of individual block patterns for any reason, esp. copyright risks. Proceeds from the book sale will go to UNICEF, an international humanitarian organization which works towards the goal of giving children around the world the chance for a better future.
Additionally, we will use your sewn blocks to assemble a huge community quilt and let it travel to quilt shows around the world for a good cause. Perhaps, we can even submit this unique quilt to an international quilt competition...
The ProjectWe are looking for
- local, regional or national motifs (e.g. flags, family crests, city arms, details from city maps)
- tribal patterns (e.g. tattoos, wood carvings)
- folkloristic ornaments (e.g. from traditional costumes)
- architectural structures (e.g. details from old or modern building structures, bridges, fences, floors, windows)
- cultural, spiritual and natural ornaments (e.g. leaves, flowers, indigenous animals)
- any abstract ancient and contemporary symbols
For examples and inspirations go to "Where do you come from?" - Inspirations.
The RulesSew ONE block with your individual block pattern inspired by the region you come from, like to travel to or currently live in. You can use both historical and/or contemporary sources of inspiration. The design must be original and free from any copyright issues. The blocks must be made from textile material and remain unquilted. Embellishments are optional and should be restricted to a thickness of ¼” (ca. 0.75 cm). Assembly and quilting must be possible. Any textile technique is allowed as long as there is some manipulation of the material realized with needle and thread.
There are no restrictions as to colours and patterns of the used textiles.
You have the choice to contribute either a square or a rectangular block (portrait or landscape format) with side lengths of 6” (15 cm), 9” (22.5 cm) or 12” (30 cm) plus an additional seam allowance of 1/4" (0.75 cm) on each side.
Examples: 6” x 6” (15 x 15 cm), 6” x 9” (15 x 22.5 cm), 6“ x 12“ (15 x 30 cm), 9” x 9” (22.5 x 22.5 cm), 9” x 12” (22.5 x 30 cm), 12” x 12” (31 x 30 cm)…. These would all be finished sizes!
Submit your block along with a description of your design’s background.
Every participant understands that you GIVE the block to us. Since this a non-profit project, any monetary remuneration for your block is impossible.