The Story Behind The COVID Memorial Quilt

DSC02528 (1)

A MESSAGE FROM MADELEINE

I'm Madeleine. I'm a 14 year old girl. I live in California and I think it's very sad what is happening to the world with this virus. In April, 2020, I was 13 and in the 7th grade when I created the Covid Memorial Quilt to help people heal. 

When you watch the news, it's just about the numbers and how they keep going up. They have gotten so high that we don't think of those numbers as people anymore and I want to change that. They aren't just numbers. They are people who died and they deserve to be remembered. Behind every number is a person who had a family and friends who loved them. 

My mom worked on the AIDS Memorial Quilt and she told me how healing and almost magical it was at the time. She lost people she loved and no one was honoring them. That was 35 years ago, and now people are dying again from another virus in another pandemic and we are in pain again.

So, I reached out to the Board of Directors of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to tell them about my idea and ask for their advice. I spoke to Michael Bongiorni, Interim Director, Quilt Operations, National AIDS Memorial. He gave me some great tips on making and caring for the Covid Memorial Quilt.

"Quilts show people care. The tradition of a quilt is very American. It's a tradition that shows compassion and remembrance. As activists, we can all join together to show love in a time of darkness." -Michael Bongiorni, Interim Director, Quilt Operations, National AIDS Memorial.

I also spoke to Cleve Jones, the Founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. He was touched that a girl like me would care about him or what he did in the 1980's, but I think what he did was an act of love and we all need more love right now.

I want to help people heal. Please help me spread the word.

Love, Madeleine.

MadeleineMakingQuilt

A MESSAGE FROM MADELEINE

I'm Madeleine. I'm a 14 year old girl. I live in California and I think it's very sad what is happening to the world with this virus.

When you watch the news, it's just about the numbers and how they keep going up. They have gotten so big that we don't think of those numbers as people anymore and I want to change that. They aren't just numbers. They are people who died and they deserve to be remembered. They had families and friends. They were loved. Every night we hear stories about people dying alone in hospitals without their families or friends to hold their hand and say goodbye. It's all sad.

My mom worked on the AIDS Memorial Quilt and she told me how healing and almost magical it was at the time. She lost people she loved and no one was honoring them. That was 35 years ago, and now people are dying again from another virus in another pandemic and we are in pain again.

So, I reached out to the Board of Directors of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to tell them about my idea and ask for their advice. I spoke to Michael Bongiorni, Interim Director, Quilt Operations, National AIDS Memorial. He gave me some great tips on making and caring for the Covid Memorial Quilt.

"Quilts show people care. The tradition of a quilt is very American. It's a tradition that shows compassion and remembrance. As activists, we can all join together to show love in a time of darkness." -Michael Bongiorni, Interim Director, Quilt Operations, National AIDS Memorial.

I also spoke to Cleve Jones, the Founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. He was touched that a 14 year old girl like me would care about him or what he did in the 1980's, but I think what he did was an act of love and we all need more love right now.

I want to help people heal. I hope you will help me spread the word.

Love, Madeleine.

OUR TEAM

DSC02616

MADELEINE FUGATE

  • Creator and Designer, Covid Memorial Quilt
  • Middle School Student at The Buckley School

WENDY WELLS

  • Director of Quilt Operations, Covid Memorial Quilt
  • Textiles and Costume Design Teacher at The Buckley School.

CHUCK NEDDERMEYER

  • Community Action Project Leader 
  • History Teacher at The Buckley School

KATHERINE FUGATE

  • Managing Director, Covid Memorial Quilt
  • Mother of Madeleine

DONATE

The Covid Memorial Quilt is an act of love and made entirely by volunteers. We have no sponsorship or outside funding. To support the Covid Memorial Quilt and help us buy materials and defray travel costs, please consider a small donation. 

Thank you!