Stitched Apart, Sewn Together: A Southern Jewish Community Quilt

Add your own square to our modern community quilt

Deadline to Submit: October 15, 2024

Project Details

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience proudly exhibits the 1885 Crazy Quilt sewn by the Ladies Sewing Circle of Temple B’nai Israel  in Canton, Mississippi. (Pictured right, donated to the MSJE Permanent Collection by Isabel Wile Goldman in memory of Bertha Loeb). This quilt is used to showcase the stitchwork of the community, represent a period of time in quilting, and symbolize the ways that southern Jews have stitched themselves into the fabric of their communities.

In 2025, 140 years after the Canton Crazy Quilt was created, MSJE is excited to work with the southern Jewish community to create a new quilt that represents today’s Southern Jewish experience. Individuals and communities are invited to submit quilt squares to be stitched together in New Orleans by our quilting consultants. The finished quilt will be donated to MSJE’s permanent collection. As a collection item, MSJE will preserve this important historical quilt and continue to interpret the piece.

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How to Participate:  

Make a quilt square that reflects the Southern Jewish heritage of your community and your creativity. 

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Directions

Submit a 9″ x 9″ quilt square to the Museum that represents your southern Jewish identity and/ or community. You may submit as a community and/or an individual.

  • The design is up to you! Detailed directions for the construction of the quilt square can be found in the downloadable pdf below. Take a look at our sample squares for some inspiration on how others have interpreted the project mission.
  • All square submissions must be accompanied by a donation form that releases the quilt square to the MSJE to be used as it sees fit and provides a detailed description of your quilt square, its connections to the southern Jewish community, and any relevant motifs/stories/etc. detailed in the square, and a photo of your square.
  • Individuals may submit one square each, but up to 3 squares may be donated by a community (synagogue, school, club, civic organization, or the like).
  • The quilting consultants reserve the right to include fabric or alter each quilt square to fit the project sizes and place squares according to the project.
  • MSJE reserves the right to include or not include each submitted square. Reasons for squares to be excluded include: inappropriate subject matter, lack of context for quilt square submitted, wrongly sized quilt squares, multiple submissions of the same quilt square.

Sample Squares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Guidelines

Click here for a downloadable PDF with quilt square specifications and full submission instructions.

Submission Guidelines

  • Your block must be received at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience no later than October 15, 2024.
  • Each square must be accompanied by a donation form and a submission slip.
  • Donation Form: All submissions must be accompanied by a donation form that releases the quilt square to the MSJE to be used as it sees fit and provides important contextual information about your square, including a photo.
  • You may click here to submit the donation form online before mailing your square
    OR
    You may print the form to fill out manually and include with your mailed-in square.

IMPORTANT! **We cannot accept square donations without a donation form.**

  • Submission slip: This is a printable form that should be mailed in with your square with identifying information. It can be found in the printable Technical Guidelines PDF.
  • Individuals may submit one square each, but up to 3 squares may be donated by a community (synagogue, school, club, civic organization etc.).
  • Mail your completed quilt square(s) and submission slip to:

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
818 Howard Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

Questions? Contact Lizzi Meister, Public Programs Manager at lizzi@msje.org or 504-384-2480 x105