Over the summer and fall people worked alone in their homes or together at Peace and other locations around town. The project started with no budget at all, but over time fabric, cash, and even an ironing board appeared and quilts started piling up. Quilts were made by women of twenty faith communities in Duluth, Hermantown, Cloquet, McGregor, Mayer, and the Twin Cities; staff and employees from UMD; a Fifth Grade class at Lester Park Elementary; and a Special Ed class from South St. Paul.
Through the “Ties That Bind” project, the initial 44 families who will move into the Steve O’Neil Apartments will be able to choose a quilt that can warm and brighten their lives. Quilts will continue to be made so that each new family that moves in to the Steve O’Neil Apartments in the future will receive a quilt too.
Each quilt comes with a card that reads:
“Welcome Home! Congratulations on your new home! This very special quilt is our housewarming gift to you, and it represents both warmth and beauty. The quilt will warm your body against the cold of the season, and its beauty will warm your soul with the love of the people who made it for you. You are now a part of our community family, you are warmly welcomed, and we wish you a bright future among us. “Ties that Bind” Duluth Quilt Project”