Island and Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
In early 2003, the Positive Energy Quilters of
Gabriola Island and Nanaimo asked people in their
communities to create quilts squares, in reaction
to US plans for war in Iraq. Both children and
adults responded, and three quilts were made.
Messages from the individual quilters are sewn on
the backs of their squares.
One of the participants commented, "I am so
inspired by the peace quilt project. As an artist
I love the wide ranging freedom of individual
expressions coming together and merging with other
thoughtful voices to make something meaningful,
and going on-record with our collective message as
creative, gentle, life-affirming activists: saying
no to an unjust war."
Four pre-schoolers painted squares after talking
in a play group about how peace was like everyone
being friends and getting along together. A dozen
grade-school children collaborated in making seven
crayoned squares expressing their hopes for a
The quilts have been taken to peace rallies, to
protests against the U.S. Naval Installation at
Nanoose, and to community events. The quilts
were also displayed at the Peace Quilt Exhibit of
the Waterloo County Quilt Festival in Ontario.