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Collaborative Quilt Project
Fabris swatches from the Resiliency Quilt on a fence

Collaborative Quilt Project

In order to commemorate the one year anniversary of the devastating 2013 Flood, a collaborative quilt project will serve as a long-lasting memorial to Boulder County residents’ resiliency. The quilt will follow the theme “Boulder County: Strong & Beautiful.”

Quilters of all types from around the county, the state, and the nation were invited to take this opportunity to work together to design a memorable Flood Recovery Quilt. The finished quilt, comprised of 30 blocks, is hung in the Boulder County Courthouse on Pearl Street.
The completed quilt was dedicated and installed on Tuesday, Sept. 9 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Flood.

For photos and updates about the project, follow @BoCoFloodQuilt on Instagram and #bocofloodquilt or #bocostrongandbeautiful.

Quilt Block Guidelines

  • Quilt blocks should be a finished 12.5” x 12.5” square. Blocks outside these parameters will not be considered for the Courthouse quilt.Flood Resiliency Quilt Block
  • All piecing methods are welcome (with the exception of raw-edged applique).
    • The hope is to receive many types of blocks which somehow represent the theme. Sewing styles may include modern piecing, traditional piecing, paper piecing, non-raw edge applique, art quilt blocks, etc.
  • Quilt blocks should be inspired by the theme “Boulder County: Strong and Beautiful”
    • The theme can be taken literally: paper-pieced mountains, animals, foliage, scenes native to Boulder County, Colo. etc. The theme may also be demonstrated more abstractly: use the provided color palette in unique ways, through improv piecing, wonky log cabins, etc.
  • The color palette chosen for this quilt represent many of the colors commonly associated with Colorado, and are hues which complement one another. The palette of chosen colors was chosen from Robert Kaufman Kona Solids, but quilters are not limited to using solids, or this brand. Prints that read as solid/one-color, batiks that resemble the chosen solids or any combination of the above fabrics are all welcome.
    • The Kona solids chosen for this quilt, are as follows:
      • RedFlood Resiliency Quilt Colors
      • Carnation
      • Tangerine
      • Corn Yellow
      • Clover
      • Forest
      • Lagoon
      • Robin Egg
      • Mulberry
      • Crocus
      • Chocolate
      • Taupe
      • Snow
  • Pre-made bundles of fabric will be available at the following locations:
    • Brick and Mortar Locations (will have bundles inspired by the provided palette):
    • Online Retailers:
      • will have the 13 Kona cotton solids in a fat quarter bundle (search for Boulder County colors).
      • will have a bundle available online inspired by the chosen palette
  • Blocks chosen for the quilt to hang in the Courthouse will be chosen by committee. The committee will determine winners by their adherence to the theme and color palette, as well as craftsmanship.
    • Many blocks received by the committee will be photographed and displayed on the project website.
    • Blocks not chosen for the Courthouse quilt will be used to create other items for flood survivors. Boulder County reserves the right to refrain from using a block for any reason.

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