P E A C E Q U I L T S
Building  Better  Lives  Through  Art

Peac
eQuilts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT organization relieving poverty in Haiti by establishing and supporting independent, MEMBER-OWNED, WOMEN'S SEWing cooperatives IN HAITI. Currently we work with approximately 100 women organized into cooperatives in Lilavois, DAMASSIN, Saut-D'eau, and Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince. PeaceQuilts provides training, materials, supplies, marketing assistance, and educational opportunities. We also market their one-of-a-kind art quilts and a product line of affordable quilted items which are now being sold in retail shops AND online. Our goal is to help each cooperative to become self-managed and self-sustaining.
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Multi-strand Fabric Bead Statement Necklace
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Exhibition Catalog available for purchase online - Click here


One of the highlights of the opening reception at the Bennington Museum was the launch of the exhibition catalog which accompanies the show. This lavish publication features a superb curatorial essay by Curator of Collections Jamie Franklin, a fascinating account of the story of PeaceQuilts and profiles of the quilters by author Nora Nevin, all beautifully illustrated by the photographs of prize-winning photographer Harvey John Beth. The book and exhibition feature a remarkable collection of original quilts, offering a rare glimpse into the fascinating and rich culture of Haiti, a country plagued by poverty, social and political morass
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PeaceQuilts' Touring Exhibition Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti and their Power to Change Women's Lives recently on view at The New England Quilt Museum was emceed by Susan Wornick, anchor and news correspondent for WCVB-TV channel 5 Boston!
To read more Click Here

Previously the exhibition was shown at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.

PeaceQuilts is also featured in the August 2010 edition of The Quilt Life magazine!  Read the blog update posted by the magazine's editor Jan Magee.


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PQ provides materials and supplies, as well as a flexible organizational template which allows each cooperative to adapt it to their specific needs and preferences.
 
Dance Party Fundraiser at the Bennington Museum!
Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 PM



Join the fun on Saturday, November 15 for a rockin' good time at the Bennington Museum!  Live music provided by "The Prescription" backed up by the phenomenal "Side Effects Horns."  Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, dancing, silent auction - all to benefit PeaceQuilts work in Haiti. 

Only $35 in advance, $40 at the door.  Click here to buy your tickets!   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/854664

This event is made possible through the generosity of:
David and Shirley Dayton, Art Carlucci & Son, Jacobs Brothers,
George & Kathy Matthews, the Bennington Museum, Thymes Tables, The Quiet Valley Quilt Guild, David & Karen Mellinger, and McClintock Law Office, P.C.


JUST A JOB?

A safe, supportive work environment. A living wage. A chance to express your creativity and explore new talents. In some places, like Haiti, it is all too rare - especially for women. But with a job, one woman can do so much: feed and shelter her parents, siblings, uncles & aunts, send her children to school, and help rebuild her community.


Through PeaceQuilts, nearly 100 women in 6 cooperatives across central and southern Haiti are learning and applying new skills to make beautiful quilts and other household items. They are building their own businesses to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones.


... and you can help.


"GIFT" or GIVE


Shop the online store for unique "gifts from the heart" featuring the women's handiwork - including throw quilts, bags, jewelry, metalwork and more!


Donate to PeaceQuilts to ensure the women have the tools they need -- critical supplies such as fabric, scissors, charcoal irons, sewing machines, work tables and lockers.


Donations may be made in someone else's honor or memory.


EVERY BIT HELPS


PeaceQuilts is helping these women not just survive, but thrive.


Thank you for your support!

You can click on the link below or send a check to PeaceQuilts, 104 Third St. N., Edgartown, MA 02539.

  
Click on the link to donate!

Here's how you can help us right now and have your donation matched dollar for dollar!  

A donation to PeaceQuilts helps ensure the women have the tools, equipment and other necessaries they need to earn a living wage and support their families -- here are some examples of critical supplies that are needed to move forward, especially for the newer cooperatives:

$25 can buy professional grade scissors, a charcoal iron or other basic tools

$50 covers the cost of a cutting mat and rotary cutter

$100 provides a year of charcoal for one cooperative group

$250 can purchase a sewing machine  (We are especially in need of these at this time.)

$500 allows a Haitian carpenter to construct a large professional worktable or storage cabinets.

Remember, your gift of any size will make a difference in the lives of these quilters and is fully tax-deductible.  AND for a limited time your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!



Founding members of PeaceQuilts - Nadege, Denise, Ermilliennne, Noemie, Fabiola, and Marielle -  are shown here with PQ Quilting Coordinator, Maureen Matthews McClintock (third from left) and PQ Executive Director, Jeanne Staples (far right). (photo credit: David Barreda)


click here to see other ways you can get involved and make a difference in someone's life.

PeaceQuilts' Founder and Executive Director Interviewed on WCVB-TV Boston


Watch the interview of PeaceQuilts' Executive Director, Jeanne Staples, broadcast on WCVB-TV Boston.  Reporter Susan Wornick visits her on Martha's Vineyard and Jeanne shares the PeaceQuilts story.

The New WIN-WIN Raffle Program!


Groups who want to help relieve poverty in Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere, can now do so WHILE raising funds for their own projects!  Peacequilts has developed the WIN-WIN RAFFLE PROGRAM.  HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Simply click on the
online shop link and select a quilt in any price range from $150 up.  At checkout, write "raffle kit" in the section marked "Special Instructions."  We will send you the quilt along with a free raffle kit containing information on the Peacequilts Project and everything you need to easily recoup the price of the quilt, while educating your members and community on the plight of our Haitian brothers and sisters.  In fact, we have found that you can EASILY double or triple your investment!

The
WIN-WIN KIT contains:

250 Pre-printed raffle tickets (sold for $5 each/6 for $20 - potentially $1250 in sales)
A CD with press release and publicity templates 
Photos of Haiti, its people and the Peacequilts Project
A DVD video of Haiti and our efforts to help the poor (coming soon)
Complete instructions

Click here to select a beautiful handmade quilt at our secure online shop!  Your purchase will help Haitian women earn a living with dignity.

To be included on our newsletter mailing list or for additional information, email PeaceQuilts at:   info@haitipeacequilts.org
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