The Teal Quilt Project is a community-engaged arts project to demonstrate care and concern for the children and young adults who are survivors of sexual abuse, to help raise awareness about child abuse, and to foster a safer and supportive community.
The Teal Quilt Project is coordinated by volunteers and works in partnership with Small Talk, a state of the art center in Lansing, Michigan, founded to address child abuse and to empower children to have the courage to heal.
According to Quilts and Health (Indiana University Press, 2017), tens of thousands of quilts are made by volunteers every year for those needing comfort and healing as well as for education and advocacy about many different issues. The immediate goals of this health and well-being project are:
1) To create one quilt for each of the approximate 300 survivors abused by the now jailed Dr. Larry Nassar
2) To create public opportunities for members of the greater Lansing area community to individually and collectively heal through participatory art making and to learn about child abuse prevention and services.
If you are a quilter. We are accepting donations of new handmade quilt tops (~48” x 60”, lap size) as well as blocks of any size. The color teal is often used to represent Sexual Assault Awareness. The pinwheel represents Child Abuse Prevention and reminds us that all children deserve great childhoods. Quilts and blocks can be of any color, size, or pattern. If you need ideas for quilt blocks, we have prepared instructions for three different ones: an 8” Pinwheel (the symbol of Child Abuse Awareness); a 12” block of scrap rectangles that is perfect for signatures; and a heart like our logo. To access instructions for these patterns, go to the Teal Quilt Project Facebook page or email The Teal Quilt Project
Some of the survivors of Nassar know about this project and are pleased that they will be receiving these physical hugs; they only ask that there be no reference to Nassar on the quilts.
Completed quilts or tops can be dropped off or sent to Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center, 3400 Pine Tree Road, Suite 106 Lansing, MI 48911. Project volunteers will arrange for tops to be quilted and will also affix a label to the back of each completed quilt that states this quilt was made with love and care and, if the quilt maker wants, will carry the name of the quilt’s maker. Grewal Law PLLC will distribute the quilts to the survivors.
1. Write an inspirational word or message on a piece of fabric using a permanent maker and send it to us care of Small Talk (see address below). We will stitch your message into one of the quilts.
2. Click Here to Make a Donation! No funds are needed for the quilt tops and blocks which will be made by volunteers with their own and donated fabric. However, we will need to purchase additional materials (a layer of batting, a backing, and binding) to finish donated quilt tops. Then, in order to finish the 300 quilts in a timely fashion, we will be hiring local long arm machine quilters to stitch together the quilt layers (top, batting, and backing), and to finish the edges (binding).
All monetary donations are welcome but a donation of $200.00 covers the cost of finishing one quilt, giving a survivor a copy of Quilts and Health with their quilt, and a $25.00 donation to Small Talk to sustain their vitally important work. Donations can be made by clicking here or sending a check, payable to Small Talk (with Teal Quilt Project written on the note line) and sent to 3400 Pine Tree Rd. Suite 106 Lansing, MI 48911.
3. Participate in one of the Teal Quilt Project Community Events held in the greater Lansing area.
The first public art-making and information event will be held at the Eastside Folklife Festival, 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m. August 11, 2018 at the Allen Neighborhood Center, 1611 E. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48912. Under the guidance of experienced volunteer quilt artists, members of the public can join in making a quilt. The “Freedom Quilt” (more about that below) will also be on display. Check the Teal Quilt Project Facebook page for updates of details on additional events.
Additional in-kind support for the Teal Quilt Project is provided by Brimmer Family Design, and Grewal Law PLLC.
To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process.
A state of the art center leading the community in addressing child abuse and empowering children to have the courage to heal.