Week 5: Quilt Correspondence #107days

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This time a year ago, hundreds of people were busy designing and stitching patches for what became the truly amazing Justice Quilt. When it came to sending patches to Janet, Janis, Margaret and Jean many of you added notes, letters and cards and explanations of why you got involved. Amongst scores of apologies for the quality of stitching, several for tardiness and lots of luck for the final jigsaw; love, hope and gratitude were the emergent themes amongst the messages.

This post shares a handful of quotes from the correspondence that accompanied the patches:

Thank you for providing such a positive form of protest for Justice. 

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I love the idea of making the Justice Quilt: it’s a great way to celebrate Connor and to create a way of making a largely digital campaign have a ‘real life’ object. My daughter and I feel proud to have contributed a small part – Claire

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There but for fortune go you or I. My son has been in several institutions, I have worried about his safety. I am so glad that Connor’s parents have the strength to push for change – Susan

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It’s a bit of a wobbly, hand-sewn one [patch]. I wanted to celebrate those amazing professionals who have skill, compassion and empathy to support young people like LB. #107days included a post ‘Drops of Brilliance‘ that sums it up. We are hugely grateful to those people who offer that support to our family and to our son, Matt. This is for all who go the extra mile, put in all those extra hours, and show with everything that they do, that they respect, value and care about our young people – Jan

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Week 5: Quilt Stories #107days

The Justice Quilt emerged out of the wonder of #107days last year, patches were crowdsourced from across the world and lovingly stitched together into the magnificent quilt by Janet Read, Janis Firminger, Margaret Taylor and Jean Draper. You can read about the process of making the quilt here.

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This year as part of #107days Take 2 the quilt has taken up residency at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. It is there until Wednesday, 22 April so you’ve another three days to pop along and view it in this magnificent setting. It continues its travels after Manchester, moving to Lancaster University, more about that in due course.

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This week we will share some of the quilt selfies on this blog and people’s reactions to seeing the quilt. We have some of these from twitter, but we’d love to hear more. Drop us a tweet or a comment on this post of what you felt when you saw the quilt. If you stitched a patch we’d also love to hear from you (whether you’ve seen the quilt of not yet) – why did you get involved, how did you decide on your quilt design, how did you find stitching a patch, what do you think of the final masterpiece?

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These amazing pictures in today’s post were taken by Jack; here’s a few more for you to enjoy:

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