Persons displaced by war and calamities flee to a future away from devastation. Hundreds of thousands seek refuge and a new start. Europeans are giving them comfort and support, emergency shelter and opportunities for a future in which they can start to feel at home.

Refugees and their need for relief goods have always been with us. The exhibition of the quilts shows how meaningful it can be when people reach out with practical help by making and giving goods and care.

The twenty quilts and the biographical book, experienced together, quilt-like, are part of that never-ending story. Their history is once again, 70 years later, relevant. An's biography and the twenty quilts inspire us to offer, again in 2016, compassionate support and care.


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Quilting groups

Humanitarian quilting groups are now active in Europe, making quilts according to MCC guidelines for people surviving a calamity. MCC distributes the quilts: their extensive experience and commitment guarantee effective results where they're most urgently needed.

More quilters can make a difference. If you'd like to help, you can join an existing group or start a new one. MCC has basic guidelines for making quilts as relief goods. Maria Friesen connects groups and new makers in Europe.

Before getting started, ask her about the guidelines or read them here

Maria Friesen +41 61 461 5670 of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.