The Election Quilt (Behind the scenes)

A couple of months ago, I was thinking about how difficult it can be to explain the ways in which our voting system is a total scam.  When given 15 or 20 minutes, it’s easy to break down the mathematical insanity that we call “first past the post”.   But if you’ve only got 2 or 3 minutes, it’s hard to describe the polarising, divisive and unfair characteristics of ‘vote-splitting’ and ‘strategic-voting’.

So I designed an “Election Quilt” that would allow someone to easily facilitate an interactive presentation, in mere minutes, that clearly shows why our voting system is a national disgrace.

Using Facebook and Twitter I was able to quickly recruit a dedicated team of sewing volunteers to turn the ‘Election Quilt’ vision into reality.  They were each assigned specific dimensions and specifications, and they’ve been busy at work ever since.

I’ve never even met most of these amazing people!  But their work magically appears in my mailbox, from as far as Waterloo and Montreal.

Here are some pictures of their work so far.  If you want to get involved, let me know!!!  (

As soon as the Democracy Quilt is finished, I’ll post a video showing how it works.  Thanks team!!

Project team: Jennifer Cypher, Manisha Ramrakhiani, Linda Varekamp, Elena Potter, Margie Marlin & Farrah Khan


6 responses to “The Election Quilt (Behind the scenes)

  1. Can’t wait to see it.

  2. So I sew, not to mention quilt. What can I do?

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  4. you are so clever and civil minded!!!

  5. Brilliant! I’d love to contribute to this quilt, if you need more sewers!

  6. Just realized this quilt is finished … anyhow the offer still stands if you decided to make more!

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