Roberta Blick’s Pulse Quilt

February 8, 2018

When Roberta Blick learned of the tragic mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub, she wanted to do something. As a lifelong artist and seamstress, the then 88-year member of Windermere Union Church threw herself into the creation of a quilt memorializing the victims.

What resulted was a beautiful, vibrant work of art that has recently been added to the Orange County Regional History Museum, a division of the Smithsonian.

Roberta was assisted by numerous church members in the production of the quilt including Jane Chancey and Ruthie Smith.

Since it’s completion, it has toured the country, appeared on The Today Show and been signed by Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama.

Roberta passed away at the age of 90 in December of 2017. She was a beloved church member, a friend and mentor to her fellow parishioners. She will be deeply missed. Her legacy lives on in her quilt and the hearts and minds of those she inspired.

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