Covering the War


National Peace Quilt

Boise Peace Quilt Project
1984
Made in Boise, Idaho
On loan from The Boise Peace Quilt Project

The Boise Peace Quilt Project (BPQP) members created the National Peace Quilt from drawings of peace and security contributed by children from all fifty states. In a political move to reach policymakers with their peace message, BPQP members asked each U.S. Senator to spend a night under their quilt and record their dreams and commitments. Sixty-seven senators slept beneath the quilt. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa wrote, “Peace is a process … [that] can only come about by decreasing the fear, insecurity and suspicion we harbor in our own hearts of those with whom we may dialogue.”