Eye Contact


"In a time where we seem to be divided by politics, economics, race, religion, and philosophy, a personal connection to those around us seems hard to establish. We walk through the world with our heads down, and our attention focused on daily tasks and distractions. The web that holds the human race together is unraveling, and we are left feeling isolated and invisible.

To reestablish that link, I have put my phone away, lifted my head, and started making eye contact with strangers. As our paths cross and our gazes meet, even if only for a fleeting moment, that web rebuilds. Shoulders hunched in discouragement or sorrow straighten, heads lift slightly, and a smile often sparks across clenched lips. That momentary connection when eyes meet reignites the spark of humanity that connects us all.

This collection of small quilts will hopefully inspire you and help you bridge the distance that seems to separate us. Lift your head, gaze into someone’s eyes, and make a connection." Barbara Hollinger

Sponsored by Sacred Threads

Curated by Lisa Ellis and Barbara Hollinger

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Virginia Quilt Museum
301 S. Main St. 
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
United States