2009-2012

The Brooklyn Neighborhood Quilting Project began in 2009 as an effort to meet my neighbors. I collected contributions of old clothing and fabric from 29 neighbors, which I used to create a series of small non-traditional patchwork quilts. Some of the quilts were made collaboratively at sewing gatherings held around Brooklyn. The project investigates contemporary material culture and the extent to which recycled fabric embodies memory and value. 

In the fall of 2012, I will return to the house of neighbor who initially contibuted fabric and give them one of the quilts completed as part of this project. They will also receive a copy of the BNQP book, which includes the stories of all the contributions and a description of the project. 

Download a pdf version of the BNQP book

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  • First completed BNQP quilt

  • Fabric donations, 2009

  • Fabric Donation: Lani, Destiny, Breanne: Destiny and Breanne’s old clothes

  • Fabric Donation: Ben: the cut-off bottoms from his jeans

  • Fabric Donations & Stories

  • Map of Donations

  • Sewing party in Brooklyn at the Loaves and Fishes center, April 2010

  • Sewing party in Brooklyn at the Loaves and Fishes center, April 2010

  • Sewing party in Brooklyn at my house, September 2010

  • Installation and sewing party at Field Work, November 2010

  • Installation and sewing party at Field Work, November 2010

    Completed quilts

  • Installation at Field Work, November 2010

  • Completed Quilts, March 2011

  • BNQP installed at Southeast Grind

    In the winter of 2012, I displayed all of the quilts (finished at that point) along with the stories and maps at Southeast Grind, a coffee shop in the Brooklyn neighborhood. My intention was to share this project with others who lived in the neighborhood.

  • BNQP installed at Southeast Grind