Faith Quilts Project in Boston Sows Seeds of Understanding

April 9, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,5630753.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

On April 9, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "After she watched a documentary about the role of faith at ground zero, Clara Wainwright got to thinking. She had lived in Boston for 66 years, and knew exactly one person who was Muslim. Wainwright decided to learn about Islam from the experts: women who practice it. And she decided to learn from them in an unusual way: by collaborating on quilts depicting their spiritual tenets. The product of their quilting sessions at a local mosque was a vibrant banner of orange and green, 6 feet square and adorned with a Tree of Faith and the names of Muslim prophets. That experience — sharing cultural observations while stitching squares of fabric — led Wainwright to organize the Faith Quilts Project, an ambitious effort to bring different faiths together through the old and collaborative art of making quilts... This weekend, 59 of those quilts from scores of religious groups are hanging at the Boston Center for the Arts, a 19th century performance space in the city's South End. Round, square, rectangular and oblong, the shimmering quilts tell the stories of divergent traditions."