Community Creates Special Quilt

By Vickie Thomas

Over 100 people from all walks of life joined forces in Detroit to stitch together a masterpiece.

Ester Collins with the Lottie Elmira Quilters says it was all hands on deck to create the community quilt. “The oldest person is 99 – she’ll be 100 next month – that participated and the youngest may be about five or six,” she said.

Collins said the quilt is about two years in the making and as we sat in the gallery at the Carr Center in Detroit where the quilt now hangs, I asked her if there’s a sense of pride when see looks at the quilt.  Collins responded, “It’s like my baby.  I call it my baby but it’s everybody’s baby.  It’s like you have a child and the child belongs to the world.”

When people look at the colorful quilt, Collins hopes they walk away with a sense of pride and creativity.  She went on to say,“To look at something that didn’t cost. We took scraps, we took yellow pages and we just had people sew from the heart.”

One panel of the quilt shows a picture that captures several generations of a family.

(credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

(credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

You can visit The Carr Center at 311 E. Grand River, Detroit, MI 48226.

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