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Celebrating John Lewis

In 2022 the Atlanta Quilt Festival embarked on a three-year trilogy of exhibits designed to honor the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis. Congressman Lewis represented the Georgia 5th Congressional district where the Atlanta Quilt Festival is based. In addition to his great work in the Civil Rights Movement, he was a good man who loved quilts.


In 2022 the Atlanta Quilt Festival premiered “Good Trouble Quilts — Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Congressman John Lewis”. The quilts focused on the life and accomplishments of John Lewis.  


In 2023 the Atlanta Quilt Festival premiered Part 2 of the John Lewis trilogy entitled “Thank you John Lewis! I am Your Wildest Dream!” The quilts expressed joy and gratitude for the beauty and benefits of the quilters’ lives because of his work.


In 2024 the Atlanta Quilt Festival will premier “Getting into MY Good Trouble — Continuing the Legacy of Congressman John Lewis”, the final exhibit in the trilogy. The quilts will capture in cloth the work that remains to be done to continue to work toward the beloved community. The exhibit opens August 2, 2024.

Host the John Lewis Traveling Exhibit

Good Trouble Quilts Exhibit

If you are a gallery owner interested in hosting the "Good Trouble" Quilts exhibit, please email 

A $5000 donation to the Atlanta Quilt Festival is requested. 

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