On this Day in History Quilts 2013: January 28

We Are the World, We Are the Quilters.
On this day in 1985 American music producer Quincy Jones recorded the pop hit We Are the World with a group of top pop stars, including the song’s writers, Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. The recording was made immediately following the American Music Awards ceremony, at a studio nearby. Over 7 million copies of the record were sold, raising more than $60 million for African famine relief.


This quilt, titled We Are the Quilters, was made by Cynthia St. Charles of Billings, Montana, for the Quilt Alliance’s 2011 contest, “Alliances: People, Patterns, Passion.” The quilt includes dozens of tiny, handmade worry dolls. St. Charles writes in her artist’s statement: “While contemplating the theme, “Alliances,” I imagined all the quilters in the world joining hands. I wondered how many times they would encircle the earth if they did. I thought, ‘what a happier, gentler world it would be if all the world’s quilters could join hand in solidarity.’”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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About quiltalliance

The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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