We celebrate!

We celebrate!

In Germany, Quilt around the World's home country, we are celebrating an important anniversary in 2019: 100 years of women's suffrage.

In other countries, such as Finland, women were allowed to vote earlier. In countries such as the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, women's universal suffrage came much later. In many countries, women (and men) are still not allowed to vote at all or only with restrictions, or are allowed to vote themselves.
 

We celebrate!

Five members of the „Association for Women‘s Suffrage“. From left to right: Anita Augspurg, Marie Stritt, Lily von Gizycki, Minna Cauer und Sophia Goudstikker, ca. 1896. (Source: Wikipedia Commons)


We would like to take this important milestone of German democracy and equality as an opportunity for a new international textile community project. We want to celebrate the long-fought women's right to vote, take a look back at the successful path already taken, but also reflect on the current situation and the future.


The Project

All textile artists worldwide, whether beginners, occasional quilters or professional artists, are cordially invited to take part in our textile ceremony. Design a textile block (see "Rules" in next section) on equal rights, women's suffrage and freedom.

  • What does the right to vote mean - in your country and for you personally?
  • What does equality mean today?
  • What do we have achieved as a society and what have we women already achieved and what can we be happy about?
  • In which direction can and should we continue? What is it worth arguing about today?
  • What are the remaining obstacles? How can these be removed?

We look forward to your creative contributions - of course also from male fans of equal rights and women's suffrage!

 

The rules

Please design ONE textile block according to description to the project.

The design must be original, i.e. designed by yourself and thus be free of copyright. The block must consist of textile materials and remain unquilted.
Embellishments are allowed, but should not be thicker than 1/4" (approx. 0.6 cm). Joining and quilting the individual blocks together must still be possible. Every textile technique is permitted as long as the material is treated in any way with needle and thread.

Your work MUST contain the color purple.

You can choose your block size and either make a square or a rectangle (please specify landscape or portrait format) with side lengths of 6" (15 cm), 9" (22.5 cm) or 12" (30") cm), in each case additionally with a 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 22.5 cm)
9" 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" (30 x 30 cm) each plus seam allowances.

Important:

  • Do not use potentially hazardous, pointed, sharp-edged, staining, or easily destructible materials, including materials that could easily break, bend, or crack during storage or shipping.
  • All components must be firmly and permanently attached to the block.
  • The block should theoretically still be washable. Please keep in mind: The blocks will become a community quilt, which hopefully will travel a lot. The easier we can take care of it, the longer it can be exhibited.
  • For your block as well as for your accompanying text the following applies: We value the right to freedom of expression, but do not tolerate discrimination against others.
  • Since this joint project has no commercial purpose, a financial compensation for your block is unfortunately not possible.

 

The Registration

The project will start on May 6, 2019.

Participation in this joint project is free of charge.

You will be able to register soon via an online form. Fill in this form and upload a photo showing your work and your background story. In principle, we accept all contributions that comply with the above rules. We reserve the right to reject individual blocks. Please send us your block only after we have informed you.

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Please send the finished block by no later than February 29, 2020:

Quilt around the World GmbH
Greater Nabas Street 3
D-81827 Munich, Germany


What we intend to do with your entries

Your sewn block will be part of a large collaborative work that will be shown at regional, national and international quilt festivals.

The concept for the concrete design of the community quilt is still open and of course depends strongly on the number and the overall view of your entries.


In 2014/15 we organized a community project with the motto "Where do you come from?" in which 83 quilters from all over the world took part. The impressive result is a community quilt about 6 m wide and 2.20 m high, which has already been shown at several quilting events in Europe and was awarded "Highly Commended" in the competition of the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. You can admire it here: Where do you come from?

You can view and read the individual blocks and background stories here: WKD Gallery.