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'Mending Boston' quilt honoring Marathon victims to come to Watertown

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 30, 2013 02:50 PM

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The "Mending Boston" project.
The Mending Boston quilt project, which seeks to bring the Boston-area community together after the Boston Marathon bombing events by stitching a fabric mural, will hold a "mending session" at the Watertown Police Department's headquarters next month.

The project, started by Clara Wainwright - who also founded Boston's First Night celebrations in 1976 - is built upon a 12-foot by 4-foot quilt that is decorated with Boston landmarks and sports a yellow strand, representing the marathon route, through the center.

Wainwright has also brought the cloth mural to various places and organizations in the greater Boston area for people to stitch in landmarks, sentiments about victims, and other inspiring messages.

On Monday, June 10, the quilt will be in the community room of Watertown's police station, located at 552 Main St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for any locals interested adding their sewing.

The corners of the artwork also feature space to honor each of the four victims. As of last week, friends of bombing victim Lu Lingzi have sewed math equations and an ice cream cone shape to the quilt, since they said Lu was interested in math and liked cooking. Wainwright is contacting friends and family of the other victims to honor them on the quilt as well.

Wainwright told the Globe previously that the negativity surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing events inspired her idea for the project as a way to help bring the community together in a positive way.

Wainwright said she has worked on up to 60 collaborative quilt projects before, in which she helps with the design and lets the community finish the embroidery and sewing.

“You just give people interesting materials, and they do wonderful things,” she previously said.

Wainwright said that the project will likely extend through June, and that she hopes the finished product will hang on display at Boston City Hall.

Globe correspondent Brock Parker contributed to this report.

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