Peace by Piece: The Norwalk Community Quilt Project, unveiled its newest quilt Friday afternoon at the Norwalk Public Library for Norwalk Has a Heart Day.
Every year since 2011 when former Mayor Richard Moccia decreed February 14 as Norwalk Has a Heart Day, Peace by Piece has donated quilts to community organizations. Nearly 400 people, both young and old contributed to first quilt, which was installed in the library in 2011.
"We created the Norwalk has a heart quilt as a commission for the Norwalk Historical Society," Rockwell said. "But it actually didn't have a destination, until the Norwalk Public Library said we would love it and they have this spectacular huge wall here that's just a spectacular showcase for a big, big piece of artwork."
Lizzy Rockwell who leads the project, says this year nearly 100 people contributed to the quilt.
"Quilts have often been made by large groups of people because they're so complicated and the stitching particularly takes a long time that many hands are at work," said Rockwell. "And I like the idea that the quilts can also be a patchwork of many different artists, so almost like a mosaic where you can have a tile from many different individuals. You can do that with a quilt and then it makes a beautiful installation of public art."
The organization's next quilt will be donated to the South Norwalk Public Library.