The Morning Bell Project

In a time of partisanship, rising gun violence, and unfathomable school shootings, we yearn for a new day, as symbolized by a morning school bell. While we mourn lost lives, we sound the morning bell to ring in a new era of school safety in the United States. Join us in creating a community quilt today.

Great News: We’ve reached our initial goal, so we’re making a bigger quilt! There is still time to join us in the movement for safer schools.

Time Remaining

“When are we going to do something?”

Steve Kerr, golden state warriors head coach
Morning Bell Project Supporters

A heartfelt thank you to our generous and thoughtful supporters:

Amy Smith

August 11, 2022

Amount Donated
$25.00

Zoey Wang

August 11, 2022

Amount Donated
$53.00

Maureen Rodgers

August 11, 2022

Amount Donated
$28.00

Courtney Nielson

August 10, 2022

Amount Donated
$53.00

Rosalyn Gilman

August 10, 2022

Amount Donated
$25.00

Robin Richman

August 8, 2022

Amount Donated
$25.00

Meredith Dolley

August 6, 2022

Amount Donated
$100.00

Judy Carney

August 2, 2022

Amount Donated
$28.00
How it Works
  • Join the movement by purchasing one or more quilt squares.
  • Upon purchase, you will receive a link to a PDF Artwork Template for creating your quilt square.
  • Print the Artwork Template and draw, paint, collage, write or otherwise express your vision for a safer future, without gun violence in schools in the square.
  • Use bright, bold art supplies (markers, paints, pastels, etc.); we recommend avoiding colored pencils and soft crayons as they can appear faint when printed on fabric.
  • Email a photo or scanned image of your artwork to liz@givequiltlove.com with the subject line, Morning Bell.
  • A Morning Bell Quilt volunteer will print your artwork on white cotton fabric and sew it into a beautiful patchwork quilt.
  • The last day to buy your square and submit your artwork to be included in the the first round of the quilt, known as our First Bell, is August 31.
  • Proceeds from the quilt will be donated to local and national not-for-profit organizations that are reducing gun violence in schools (see our FAQ for more details).

The Morning Bell Project Quilt is Growing

Preview some of the heartfelt quilt squares we have received to date:

Americans are United in their Desire for Background Checks

The Morning Bell Project believes enhanced background checks for potential gun buyers are a critical, widely supported measure to make our schools safer environments. A May 2022 survey from Morning Consult and Politico shows that 73 percent of Americans “strongly support” universal background checks, 15 percent “somewhat support” the requirement and 5 percent have no opinion / do not know, with only 8 percent opposition. Learn more about the importance of universal background checks here.

FAQ
Where is my money going?

A portion of the money collected by the Morning Bell Project will cover the cost of quilt materials and our administrative expenses, not to exceed $10/square. Thanks to a generous in-kind donation, we are able to donate 100% of the proceeds from our First Bell (the initial 49 squares purchased). We are working to obtain additional donations to offset the costs of a growing quilt and on July 25 we added a feature allowing donors to contribute an additional $3 to their purchase to help cover costs.

Read more about our financial commitment here.

Do you have ideas for where donated funds should directed? We would love to hear from you! We are considering nonprofit initiatives with a mission to reduce gun violence in schools. Shoot us a line when you submit your image and we will take it into consideration!

The Morning Bell Project is a volunteer based initiative that relies on generous donations of time and expertise from community members. We are committed to keeping costs as low as possible.

Full financials, including donation receipts, will be published on this website following the production of the quilt.

Why a community quilt?

Quilting has a rich history in the United States which includes themes of need and necessity, as well as community and connectedness. We believe a patchwork quilt, born out of this time of necessity in the United States, has the power to bring disparate communities together while depicting a common, beautiful vision for a safer future.

Hasn’t gun control legislation already been passed?

On June 25, 2022, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was signed into law. The law establishes an enhanced background check process for gun buyers under the age 21, provides federal funding to implement state Red Flag laws, disarms domestic abusers by addressing the “boyfriend loophole” and funds community violence intervention programs, among other items.

The law does not impose universal background checks, nor does it guarantee the longevity of the new “under 21” background provision. The enhanced background check requirement for younger buyers expires in 10 years, similar to the provision that allowed the federal assault weapons ban enacted in 1994 to sunset in 2004.

The law does not ban semiautomatic weapons nor, large-capacity magazines. It does not enact a mandatory waiting period for gun sales, nor a license requirement to purchase an assault weapon, among several other gun safety measures on the table.

When will the quilt be finished?

We have structured the Morning Bell to be an iterative project, where the quilt is stitched in real time as we receive squares. We are committed to keeping the project going and the quilt growing, as long as donations are flowing.

We are seeking an initial 49 squares for our “First Bell,” a 7×7 grid of squares that will form the heart of our quilt. The deadline to participate in the First Bell is August 31. We foresee holding subsequent rounds as we grow the quilt by adding rows and columns to the First Bell.

Can I see the final quilt?

We plan to host a community event in the San Francisco, CA Bay Area upon completion of the quilt. More details to come! In addition, we will be posting photos of the finished product on our website.

Where will the finished quilt be displayed?

We are currently working on finding a permanent home for the Morning Bell Project quilt in a public space. The ultimate location will be dependent on the final size of the quilt. Please check back for updates.

Why is it called the Morning Bell Project?

The project name is evocative of a school bell, a new day, a call to action, and in its use of the word “morning,” reminds us of “mourning” in the wake of Uvalde and other school shootings.

Endorsements

We are proud to be endorsed by the following organizations, in solidarity in our mission to end gun violence in America:

About the Morning Bell Project

The Morning Bell Project is a joint effort among San Francisco, CA Bay Area mothers Kim Robinson, Liz Coyle, the founder of Quiltlove, and Samantha Fryer, a nonprofit professional and talented quilter who will be designing and sewing the Morning Bell Project quilt. Quiltlove is proud to be supporting the Morning Bell Project as a community partner, donating technical and operational resources to the initiative.

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