Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Revolution

I felt a need to make a little quilt to document what's going on in America right now.

 This is something I've had in my head  for a few weeks now. I finally got some time in my sewing room! Whoop! Whoop!
My test block- F
I posted this on my Facebook group and it wasn't really recognizable as the letter F.
I used Cheri Payne's letter pattern and paper pieced them. They finish at 3 1/2".

I got the letters made but had to mull around how I was going to set them. 
Other than the dark photo this was hard to read. 

Placing them all on red made it easier to see the message. 

 This is how I ended up setting them. I'm calling it "revolution" and will put a bit of a narrative on the back. 

I was inspired by this quilt by Jessie Telfair.(1913-1986)  I think her story is important. 

When Jessie Telfair invoked the power of a single word repeated over and over in this quilt, she knew the word would reverberate through the history of the United States, back to the “peculiar institution” of slavery and the freedom that she was still struggling to attain in the 1960s at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. The making of the quilt was incited by an incident she suffered in those years, when registering to vote was enough to cost this African American woman her job in a school kitchen. The bitterness of that experience still burned years later, and fellow quiltmakers urged her to express the pain through her art. Worked in the colors of the American flag, the quilt cries freedom. In a subtle metaphor, Telfair has set each repeated letter in its own block; all are visually related, but no two are alike.


My daughter says it is a really important time to be alive right now! We have a lot of hard things going on, but I agree with her!

Take care

19 comments:

  1. Fabulous Lori! I'm going to link this post in to my monthly mini's today. Hope that is o.k. I just think this needs to be shared with everyone right now.

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  2. very nice indeed....your letters came out fabulous!

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  3. Love this so much! 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

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  4. Brilliant!
    BTW, when you posted the "F" on Facebook, I saw the F right away. Funny, I struggled to see what others said they were seeing. It is all in the first impression.

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  5. Love your freedom! Makes us all stop and think what is happening! 🇺🇸

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  6. Important to remember and talking about it. Thank you for sharing. Great little quilt.

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  7. I really like this little quilt. And I especially appreciate your daughter's comment. It's true, we are living through an epic time and instead of cringing when I hear the news I'm going to embrace it.

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  8. This is fantastic. Love the break between the Free and the Dom especially. I keep telling my kids that they are definitely living through revolutionary times. My mom always told me that history goes in cycles, from one extreme to another and while I believed her {was actually taught that in history classes as well}, I am incredulous that we're living through some of those extremes ourselves.

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  9. Love your freedom quilt! Have a great 4th of July!!!

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  10. Revolution is the perfect name for your little Free Dom quilt! Love it!

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  11. LOVE your new quilt, Lori! I've got a patriotic mini in the works, too. Alas, it's not ready to be revealed. Happy quilting!

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  12. It’s wonderful Lori! An apt document of what’s going on in our world.

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  13. This post gave me chills - thank you Lori! So important, and your daughter is right!

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  14. Celebrating freedom is always important because ours are constantly in danger. If only this particular one wasn't a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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  15. Amen! I love your patriotic collection! God bless the USA!

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