It’s time to speak up. I’ve been silent too long, and it’s been eating me inside. I have a river of tears we could all take a nice float down if you’re not afraid of raging waters because... I have some of that, too. This is about being silenced. This is about artists not getting proper credit. I have been lucky enough to have two of my quilts out in the world getting exposure and love. The first quilt “Lady Justice” was entirely my creation from conception through creation. My dearest, Allison, and I put our names on all three of the quilts we submitted to Threads of Resistance even though she created her amazing “Love is Love” quilt from conception to creation alone, and I created “Lady Justice” solo. That was a mistake, but we made that mistake and it’s in the past. We’ve learned from it and moved on. (And, dear reader, please note that Allie and I are united in this.) Our collaboration quilt “Strong Tradition” was just that a complete collaboration. It was important for us to create a quilt whose message was about the quilting tradition of quilting as community to be created in that same vein. The quilt was my concept/idea. Then Allie and I agreed on the font. Then Allie developed the paper pieced letters. Then we spent hours deciding the color scheme. Then I calculated the fabric required. Then I cut the fabric. Then Allie and I sat in a room (with our other quilter friends who were creating their own masterpieces) and we worked. Me keeping the whole thing organized, handing Allie pieces to sew, Allie sewing and solving piecing conundrums, me pressing the pieces, and on and on for hours. I sewed the rows together. Allie quilted it during a longarm session we both attended. I did the binding. There is no other word for it than collaboration. True to the message on our quilt... two strong women quilting. The thing is the quilt says that women taught us to quilt AND to fight, and I haven’t been fighting for myself. I’ve
This photo I took of autumn leaves inspired this quilt I am just finishing. Sujata Shah made the quilt in 3rd image, Paper Beads featured in Simply Moderne. This gave me permission to be very creative with borders.
A beautiful Blue Dahlia sighting! Nicely done @frauke.cruse 😍 Pattern available at StashLabQuilts.com Repost from @frauke.cruse using @RepostRegramApp - Layout of Dahlia Quilt isn‘t threatened anymore by dog 🐕, first quarter is sewn together!😊. Great tutorial, thanks @stashlabquilts! #dogsandquilts#bluedahliaquilt#simplymodernemagazine#modernquilts
Pretty excited to see my quilt included in #simplymodernemagazine for their story on #quiltcon2018. @3rdstoryworkshop and @mariquilts your quilts are also in it. @dimestorefloozie Thanks for telling me about it. I found the magazine at Indigo. #molehillsquilt