#RitasQuilt Quilting Project That Brought Quilting Community Together Goes Viral 
Wed, April 21, 2021

#RitasQuilt Quilting Project That Brought Quilting Community Together Goes Viral 

 

When Shannon Downey found an unfinished quilting project on an estate sale, she knew she had to finish it. There was just something inside her that told her that finishing the piece would complete the journey of the recently-deceased 99-year-old Rita, the resident who lived in the house before her. 

According to a report by Time, a source for current and breaking news, Downey was enamored with the piece the first time she saw it, so she went on a hunt for other things that might have been related to its creation. 

While looking around the room, Downey found “a box full of fabric,” she explains on her Twitter thread of the project. “I opened it up and discovered it was a massive quilting project that was just begun. Every bit of the project mapped out and in this plastic tub.” 

 

Photo Credit: Shannon Downey on Twitter

 

It was a collection of hexagons drawn on with the shapes of the US states with their state birds and state flowers. 

There was only one problem: Downey was an embroiderer, not a quilter. 

So, in the thread, she asked other quilters if they wanted to step up to the plate, fully expecting about a handful of people at the very least. In no time, she got over 1,000 volunteers over on Instagram, where she also posted her intentions. 

“I made a massive spreadsheet and collected mailing addresses,” she wrote on. “I started preparing the squares to ship out to my new team. As I did I discover Rita had stitched 2 of the states already! What a grand surprise. I’m not saying I cried but I’m not saying I didn’t.”

 

Photo Credit: Shannon Downey on Twitter 

 

Downey continued to document her experience. Those who volunteered for the project did their best to try and figure out who Rita had been, and the research showed that Rita was actually a Canadian immigrant who became a nurse. 

Other glimpses of her life were also found by diligent researchers such as her high school photos, her husband’s name, and her maiden name, but not much else. 

Downey finished the thread by putting the hashtag of the project in her last tweet: #RitasQuilt.

 

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