It can be difficult coming up with interesting ideas for group quilts. I began this project only with the concept of using fabrics from around the world. I asked the local MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) office if a call could go out to their worldwide volunteers, requesting a 1/2 meter of locally used fabric from each country. At that time I had no idea what I would do with this fabric.
Six months later I received a large box, containing 73 unique fabrics from 40 countries! After much thought, I came up with the idea of the "doll quilt". With help of 72 women from the quilt guild and my church, this quilt was put together in less than 6 months during the winter of 2001-2002.
|“The Kaleidoscope of Nations” |
Made by members of the Waterloo County Quilters Guild and Listowel Mennonite Church.
Coordinated by Renske Helmuth.
Various piecing techniques; hand quilted.
Auctioned for: $44,000 in May 2003.
Named "Kaleidoscope of Nations", our quilt received the prize for the best guild quilt at the Ontario Juried Show, and later received the viewer's choice award. Below are close-up views of the 40 dolls that circled the quilt.
"Kaleidoscope" was auctioned at the Ontario Relief Sale in 2003 for a record-breaking $44,000!
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