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photo by Bill Volckening

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States determined that states may not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples and must recognize their existing marriages. For the LGBTQ community, as well as advocates and allies, it was a huge cause for celebration. It was a victory that represented love and light, freedom and equality, change and progress.

photo by Chris Link

On that historic morning, 37 members of the sewing community checked into Facebook to find their feeds full of beautiful rainbow posts. Within 48 hours they had organized to express their joy and sense of optimism in the way they know best–through quilting.  The result is the #LoveWins Quilt, a collaborative artistic celebration of this momentous day. 
The contributors: 
 
Row 1
Julie McMahon
Susanne Woods
Megan Cavagnaro Dye
Mary Abreu
Gabrien Chaney
Rossie Hutchinson
 
Row 2
Paloma Link
Mo Bedell
Shea Henderson
MaryAnn Morsette
Heather Jones
Susan Manson
 
Row 3
Amy Gunson
Elizabeth Dackson
Kristy Daum
Cheryl Arkinson
Laura Harden
Susan Beal
 
Row 4
Alissa Haight Carlton
Amy Friend
Angela Milliman
Lauren Hawley
Michelle Freedman
Cherie Grzych
 
Row 5
Heather Givans
Dan Rouse
Becca Jubie
Juline Bajada
Juline Bajada (2)
John Adams
 
Row 6
Denyse Schmidt
Kristi McDonough
Susan Fuller
Carla Crim
Monica Solorio Snow
Nicole Daksiewicz
 
Quilted by Charlene Trieloff
Top compiled and back pieced by Kristin Link

photo by Chris Link

While this quilt represents the love and optimism of a whole community of friends and colleagues, they would like to acknowledge the struggles many LGBTQ youth still face by donating the proceeds of this auction to The Trevor Project.

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives.

The #LoveWins Quilt is symbolic of joy and hope, but we all know the fight for equality and acceptance continues.

photo by Bill Volckening

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