Teen creates ‘Pandemic Quilt’, travels across country to spread awareness

The pandemic has provided many opportunities to develop new skills or hobbies and one Washington teen took his new-found hobby all across the country.
Pandemic Quilt

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The pandemic has provided many opportunities to develop new skills or hobbies and one Washington teen took his new-found hobby all across the country.

When the coronavirus cancelled the rest of William Stich-Smith’s junior year of high school, he started a new hobby while staying safe at home, knitting. That new hobby led him to where he is at Sunday, in front of the Nebraska State Capital.

During the quarantine, William created a quilt that he calls the ‘Pandemic Quilt’. The blanket is covered in designs that all resemble different parts of the coronavirus pandemic. William packed his bags and started a road trip across the country, bringing the quilt along for the ride and stopping at every state capital in the country. William is spreading awareness about the virus and how real it truly is, he says he wanted to show a sense of unity for the country when he made the quilt. While he is at the state capitals he takes a picture at every spot, building a collage.

Sunday, June 12th, William spent his day in front of the Nebraska State Capital. Channel 8 Eyewitness News reporter Alexa Skonieski got the chance to meet with William on his journey and take a look at the famous Pandemic Quilt.

So far William has hit eight states and has many more to go. His next stop, Des Moines, Iowa.

You can check out Williams website, here.

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