The goal of this project is to collaboratively create 18 quilts to represent the 18,000 quilts that were burned in the Tulsa Race Massacre. The memorialization will be open to the public in Tulsa at a quilt memorial show in summer of 2023, more info to come.
If you don’t know how to sew or quilt, that’s okay! We will be going over sewing basics and teaching quilting techniques as we go—by the time we’re done, you’ll know how to create a quilt from start to finish.
Funds from quilt raffles will go to support Justice for Greenwood as they fight for reparations for the descendants of the Race Massacre. Donate directly.
Project funding: This project is supported by Thrive Grants, which is an initiative of Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. www.thrivegrants.org
Website and design for this project by Half Design
No! We’re going to teach you how to make a quilt from start to finish through the duration of this project. If there’s something specific you want to learn, check out the schedule for what we’ll be talking about at each meeting!
We recommend being able to thread your machine or, if you’re sewing by hand, know how to do a running stitch! If you need help with your machine, you can watch this video or reach out to us. You can also find manuals for most sewing machines through a quick google search!
There will also be experienced quilters and sewists at each of our meetings, so if you’re having an issue or need help, just come! We’ll probably be able to figure it out together.
Bring what you need to sew! We will have some donated fabric available for your use, but if you want anything specific, bring it, or get in touch with us. We may also have some notions available, but if you can, plan to bring at least a machine and thread!
That’s okay! We are working to figure out how to get a few machines to share. If you’d like to donate one, please reach out!
You can always sew by hand with a needle and thread, or work with a partner who has a sewing machine!
Quilting groups will get to decide what they want to do with their quilts, and quilts made from blocks that are sent in will be raffled off to raise money for Justice for Greenwood. We’ll discuss options for quilts together as we get closer to the end of the project. If you have a quilt already made that you’d like to have be a part of this project, please reach out!
No! The most important thing will be getting connected to a quilt group, and you will communicate with your group about the quilt(s) you are working on together, and what your role is. We’d love to see you every time we all get together, but there’s no requirement!
This means that you are willing to be in charge of creating at least one quilt in a group! You could form a group with friends or with people you meet at the group quilting meetings. If you are a leader, you’ll report back to the project about your group’s plans, what you need, and anything else you want to share, and we’ll provide support as you quilt together!