Woman Uses Quilts To Help Others Heal At UNCG

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Shelley Kappauf lost her daughter in an accident and has started a quilt movement to help others deal with hard times.

Shelley's daughter, 21-year-old Emily was killed in a wreck on I-95 in 2005. Over the years, Shelley has made several quilts out of her daughter's clothes as a way to heal. She gave them to family members, Emily father, and one of Emily's high school friends.

Wednesday night, Shelley came to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to host a quilt making workshop. The workshop functioned as a way for survivors sexual violence and abuse to tell their stories on the fabric as a way to heal.

Shelley also brought Emmy's sewing machine, which was a high school graduation gift that still has her name on it.

In two years, the quilt squares from Wednesday's workshop will become part of a giant quilt that will cover parts of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The squares will join thousands of others from all over the United States that will change the way the country responds to sexual violence and abuse.

Organizers with the project say they are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. For more information about the project, visit the Monument Quilt's webpage.

For more resources on where to turn if you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse and other issues, click here for more information.


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