I have always adored quilts. My grandmother Dorothy Mae Johnson Gartin crocheted many beautiful quilts that later inspired my own wire sculpture quilts and wall hangings. While I was in Haiti with the Heart of Haiti Campaign on February 26, I witnessed the creative quilting power of Haitian women who work with PeaceQuilts, an organization co-founded by Jeanne Staples that teaches Haitian women quilting skills at the College Marie Reine Immaculee, a convent operated by a soulful order of nuns called Les Filles de
Reine Marie Immaculee d’Haiti. PeaceQuilts launched a Haitian national initiative to translate Haiti’s long tradition of fine needlework into quilting right after the January 2010 earthquake. Macy’s created a Heart of Haiti partnership with PeaceQuilts to produce a line of handmade quilted pot holders, pillows, and similar items. Click here to learn more about PeaceQuilts. Check out more of my Flickr photos here from the convent visit.