There is a due date.
Northern Illinois University Libraries is asking local quilters for help in creating a memorial quilt dedicated to the victims of the Feb. 14 campus shooting that left six people, including the gunman, dead and 16 others injured.
The king-size quilt will have 288 red, black and white squares, NIU associate professor Rebecca Martin said. The 11-by-11-inch fabric squares will be distributed to people in the community, who are invited to decorate them before returning them to the library. A group of library staffers will then assemble the decorated squares into a finished quilt, Martin said.
The finished quilt will become a display in the library.
Any member of the community can pick up a free quilt square from the information desk inside Founders Memorial Library on Normal Road in DeKalb. The squares will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Squares can be picked up from Monday through April 8, and finished squares must be returned in person or by mail no later than April 30.