The first-ever exhibition of ALL 20,000+ pairs of baby booties will be in Tucson on October 21, 2023!


The Mourning Project:  Arizona

The Mourning Project was part of the March of Dimes Advocacy on April 25, 2023 at the Arizona State Legislature.  This event is not open to the public, but the flag will be a part of the Infant Loss Made Visible event on October 21, 2023.

The Mourning Project–Arizona. This installation is a 10′ by 6′ Arizona state flag with 399 pairs of baby booties on it. This is one pair for each baby in Arizona who dies before their first birthday.

Check out our exhibition of

The Mourning Project:  One Day

at the Tucson Quilters’ Guild

Quilt Fiesta

January 28 and 29, 2022 at the Pima County Fairgrounds.

Stop by Booth 8 for information on how you can be a part of this project.

Wear a mask, per Pima County health mandates.


We are thrilled to announce a scrap-busting Zoom class to make

booties for the project via Swan Amity Studios.  We’ll try different patterns and

fun ways to embellish your contributions to the project.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

10 AM Arizona time (1:00 PM EST)

Click here to register. 

Be sure to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

The immune-compromised in our community are counting on us!


The Mourning Project: One Day II

This 24 x 48” version of The Mourning Project:  One Day features 63 pairs of handmade baby booties, one little elegy for each child lost before their first birthday every day in the US.  It is a tiny portion of the 23,000 pairs we are collecting from makers all over the world to draw attention to the infant mortality rate in this country.

This version of the project will be at the Norfolk D’Art Center in Norfolk, VA for their Materials II exhibition, from October 10th, 2020-November 7th, 2020.  Opening reception is Thursday, October 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  The awards will be announced on Facebook Live, so stay tuned!

TMP makers–do you see your booties below?  If not, check out the online installation by clicking here.  Thank you to all who have contributed to save the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.  Join us by submitting your booties today.

One Day, II


Baby bootie panels will be exhibited at each of the events below.  We hope to see you there! Meet-n-Greet

Friday, January 3, 2020

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Visions Art Museum | 2825 Dewey Road,
Suite 100 | San Diego, CA 92106

Help me teach Amanda Martin, Miss Elite San Diego Earth USA 2020, how to stitch a pair of booties!

Learn about the project, see some of the submissions so far, and sign up for your very own panel!

Free and open to the public.

Amanda Martin, Miss Elite San Diego Earth USA 2020


Friday, January 10, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We will be assembling booties for the art installation. Come and see how the image will come together.

All supplies and baby booties will be provided, along with a light lunch.

Mary Vaneecke’s studio:  2000 S. Hermosa, Tucson, Arizona

Free and open to the public.


Desert Quilters of Nevada Quarterly Meeting

 Thursday, January 16, 2020, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, 7830 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada

Booties by Mary Vaneecke. Free Felt Baby Slippers pattern by Purl Soho.



La Habra United Methodist Church, La Habra, California

January 20, 6:00 p.m.



Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Deborah Weir’s  FiberFly Studios (private event)

Let’s make some booties!  Supplies provided but please bring a dish to share for lunch. 



ROAD TO CALIFORNIA QUILT SHOW (click for link to the show)

Look for me at the show–I’ll be the one in the fabulous bootie boa! Sign up to make your panel.

January 23-24-25,  Ontario, California



Saturday, February 8, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

at the fabulous studio of designer

Karen Lukacs,

2456 N. Pantano Road, Tucson, Arizona

We will be assembling booties onto panels for the art installation.

Come and see how the 38′ by 38′ image will come together.

All supplies and baby booties will be provided.  Free and open to the public.



Friday through Sunday, February 21-23 at the Tucson Convention Center.

Visit our booth, see a few hundred of the submissions, stitch a pair of booties,

and learn how you can be a part of this important project.  Supplies provided.



Friday, March 6, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


3400 East Speedway (next to Jersey Mike’s) in Tucson

We will be stitching booties onto panels for the art installation.

Come and see how the 38′ by 38′ image will come together.

Bring your baby booties to put on panels or help others stitch their panels.  Free and open to the public.



Booties made from upcycled wool sweater, in honor of Kaylee.