Monday, September 28, 2009

Too Many Buttons

I recently heard about a quilt challenge that I thought would be worthwhile to participate in and make a quilt specifically to donate to this cause, because it is something that I have a real interest in supporting. It is for the UN Global Fund to Fight HiV/Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis. There is to be an exhibit of the quilts in Geneva, Switzerland in November and then they will be sold through the UN Women's Guild Fundraising Bazaar.

The theme that I wanted to work with was the commonalities between the world's children that are challenged with these easily preventable diseases, represented in fabrics from different countries from around the world. Luckily I have an aunt who has traveled a whole lot, teaching English in many different countries and she gifted me with a great collection of fabrics from many places.

I cut out a bunch of motifs and stripes and patterns and started arranging them.

Then I quilted and bound the piece. But it still did not say what I wanted it to say. There wasn't enough content about just how many children are affected by these entirely preventable diseases.
So I started sewing on buttons from my recent new cache of buttons from my friends that hadn't quite gotten put away yet.

Rows and rows of buttons, representing all those children around the world.

Just too many.

Too many buttons.

Too many children.

Too little money spent on this problem.

I would love to be able to make this quilt once again, someday, and not have to use any buttons at all.
Too Many Buttons measures 30"w x 25"h.
Go here to see all the other quilts that others have contributed.


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh but I love all those buttons on there---it give a great visual and tactile dimension to the piece, plus I love the fabrics too, so it's win-win from my viewing!
Goo job--and of course you CAN make the quilt again at some point..... :)


Darling Petunia said...

That's beautiful, Julie.

Anonymous said...

Jenny and I have been enjoying looking at your quilt. There are a lot of memories for us.
Aunt Suzie and Jenny