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Fred with Aids Memorial Quilt for his wife Gode
When Fred's wife Godelieve died of AIDS, Fred saved her beautiful African clothing and years later, with my help we turned them into a unique wall hanging. He and his son intended to create a block for the National AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest ongoing community arts project of its kind in the world - which travels around the nation educating people about HIV and AIDS. The blocks are a specific size and shape as described in the instructions on the website: www.aidsquilt.org.
Using Godelieve's clothing and old photographs of her, Fred and his son Phillip, designed collages by cutting and ironing using an iron-on facing. Phillip even did some drawings. Then I quilted them. When the block was completed Fred decided he loved it so much he chose to keep it and it hangs on the wall of his home to remind him and his kids how much they loved Gode.
Every square has a story. Stay tuned as I encourage Fred to write the stories so we can post them on this website.