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Remembering Sandy Hook Part 3

At the end of the last post about this quilt, I had added 25 of the 26 triangles that each stand for one victim of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and quilted the piece. When I next got into the studio, I made a two-sided purple triangle for the very top of the piece so it could be sewn to the very top of the piece, breaking free of the binding.

Purple Triangle Sewing Purple Triangle

I then selected a sheer fabric and used an old school compass to create circles that I sewed to the piece.

Circle circles on


I knew that I wanted to use k’riah ribbons, traditionally worn by Jewish mourners to represent shootings since Sandy Hook, but didn’t realize just how many there were. As of April 2015, there have been over 82,000 deaths since December 14, 2012. 555 of those were children under the age of 12. If I was going to use one ribbon for each child, I would need a bigger quilt! So I decided to use the list of school shootings of which there have been approximately 150. On each ribbon, I wrote the date, the town, and the name of the school and then I added one month’s worth of ribbons at a time.


The progress can be seen in the video below as well as the images beneath.


circles on

December 2012

Jan 2013

January 2013

December 2013

December 2013

December 2014

December 2014

December 2015

December 2015

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