Quiltmaker’s statement:

Making these quilts, recording the names of those who died crossing the desert, using their clothing and other artifacts left in the desert by travelers, is very difficult, but also an honor. Those with names, and those who have not been named, should be remembered and our quilts help to do that.  I hope it raises awareness of the dangerous crossing these people attempt.  I use fabrics with Mexican themes, Mexican milagros, and other religious artifacts that have cultural origins in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and other places where these travelers started their perilous journey, leaving behind their families, full of hopes and dreams for their future. (Cornelia Bayley)