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Games are for Everyone project

Hi everyone! I’ve been working on the tutorial for these blocks, and have all the photos taken (which is the biggest barrier for me for some reason), so will have the tutorial done this week for sure. Yay!


But before I post that, I wanted to show you how the project is going so far.


As a refresher, these are applique blocks that I made to be signed at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), held in San Francisco the first week of March. There are over 20,000 people that attend. The blocks are designed based on the logo created by Cory Shmitz to go with a project started by Andreas Zecher to help people show support for the games are for everyone cause. Y’know, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, species, etc.


The overall plan was to show up with some blocks and some pens and a big sign and set up at the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA) booth (which kindly hosted the project) and let people sign the hearts. Then I’d take them and turn them into quilts.


I made 120 hearts with the help of Tracey Brookshier. She sewed most of these blocks, while I ironed, cut and trimmed. Thank goodness for her help, because I’m not sure I could have finished it on my own. I also got help cutting and trimming the next day by my friend April Grow which was a welcome relief. (Yes, 120 blocks in 2 days. You see why I waited a while before making the tutorial, I was a bit sick of them!)


On the Sunday before GDC I drove up to San Francisco and dropped off my basket of hearts at the IGDA booth and hoped for the best. I honestly had no idea if I’d end up with 120 blocks with penises drawn on them, or only get 5 signatures total.


On Wednesday, I checked in on the project and was relieved to find that people were really getting into the project! More than I thought they would. In fact, they had already started running out of room.


Friday afternoon I received the blocks back, and was absolutely overwhelmed at the positivity and show of support. Each heart was full of positivity, both literally AND figuratively!


After taking all these pictures, I took time to just read all the wonderful sentiments and outpouring of love and acceptance. After a good cry, I put them all back in the basket where they still reside.


But now I need to decide what I’m going to do with them. I mean, make some quilts, obviously. But I need to figure out how many and what layout.


I played a bit with some ideas before they were signed like the layout above, but I’m not really sure what I’ll do. At least because all of the hearts are already interfaced, I just need to fuse them on to something and they’re ready to go.

But dang it if I’m not totally scared of messing them up. :/


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