Hand Quilt Along: Reinspired

I’m back.

Back to the hand quilting work I started last year and walked away from for many months.


If you asked me why I came back now, after this long hiatus, I’d tell you that the sun is shining in my front window, right on my quilting chair. And the sun beckons me.

I’d tell you that winter is the best time to quilt because it’s so warm and cozy under that blanket of fabric.

I’d say that I have just gotten sick to death seeing the quilt cluttering up my living room and I only want it finished.

But the real reason I’m back, right now, is this:


You may not recall, it’s been so long, but my quilt is a celebration of women’s rights and includes quotes from women of many backgrounds. Those women and their words inspire me.

And these women and their deeds are inspiring me.

Our new Congress, seated in January, is the most diverse mix ever, and many of new faces are women. 

(From Elle magazine, “A Woman’s Place is in the House” by and 

These faces, those determined faces, without a trace of a coquettish, man-pleasing smile, linking arms and staring directly into our eyes, inspired me to get back to my work, to honor all the women who stand tall and are willing to take on all comers, in order to make the world a better place.

These women believe this:


And I believe in these women.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen


73 thoughts on “Hand Quilt Along: Reinspired

  1. This project is so much more than a quilt – it’s also a statement. But, it is also a beautiful piece of quilt work with the colors, pattern, quotes, and the hand quilting just takes it over the top. I applaud your efforts on this quilt project. The embroidery amazes me and then to look at your beautiful hand stitching, I’m blown away. Hope the sun keeps shining on that chair. 🙂

    • I like that! I hope we’ll all see the quilt finished before the 2020 election (good grief, I hope so!) and that we can celebrate more women in positions of power.

  2. I’m so glad to see you have been re-inspired in this way especially. Change will always come, it’s good to see it come in this particular way in your country. I wonder what quotes these women will leave in their wake 🙂

    • I’ve thought about the words these women will use to inspire us! It’s a very interesting, often terrifying, time here but I can’t help but hope that the women can bring a new perspective . . .

      • I suspect the women will have a very hard time in the bastion of white male dominance – they will need every woman to support them and strengthen them in every way they can through this first term. I think survival is probably the goal first, which in and of itself will be inspirational ……….

  3. What an excellent way to get reinvigorated.I shall imagine you sitting in your shaft of sunshine, sewing and thinking on the world. It must be heartening to see the diversity, after all the comments and actions that have pushed your society in the opposite direction. So many of those women look young too.

  4. Great to have you back! Leona and I just finished watching the movie Little men.. we enjoyed Jo’s spunky character. We need more strong ladies like her. Enjoy that sunshine.

  5. I agree with Laurie G. Wish there was a love button. It’s always women who make the world a better place. It’s incredible what has happened and I’m delighted. Love your quilt so much and looking forward to the end result but the process is important too. Enjoy it.

  6. Gratitude – for this post – reminding us of our power, strength, rights, our connection to one another and ability to make change. Tusen takk – “one thousand thanks” – one of the only phrases of Norwegian I retained from my travels years ago – and one of the most important – I can not thank you enough for this post.

  7. To use another of Maya Angelou’s famous words, this is a phenomenal tribute to women across the ages and across the globe. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you – all the love is in the journey. Incredible work, Kerry.

    “I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”
    ― Dolly Parton

    • The journey really is what it’s all about for me. Making the quilt is the point, not having it, once it’s finished . . . thanks, Liz, for your constant support!

  8. A wonderful post and project. I’m proud of these women. and may I also say how proud I am to know you! Carry on quilting, and believing, and knowing! If this era has taught us anything, it’s that the fight for a place at the table never ends. Complacency is not an option. Mind you, I still think that sometimes society takes a step back, and it’s in the reaction to that backward step that we make an even bigger advancement. We sometimes need to be reminded to take nothing for granted, to not depend on others to do the right thing. Your quilt is a wonderful celebration AND statement.

  9. Awesome!
    “[W]hen I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the supreme court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.” –Ruth Bader Ginsberg

  10. Yay, you! That is an awesome post and an awesome quilt and an awesome reason to get back to the quilt. Hoping for positive change in the government for sure.

  11. I too, am pleased you are working on your quilt again. I also hope that when it is finished you will consider finding somewhere to display it. I am sure there will be people and places that will be only too glad to have it on show for a while. Not only is it a work of art (and though it is as yet unfinished, I know a work of art when I see it) it is also a statement, as others have said. It is woman. A tribute to all those great women who have fought for our rights by word and deed but also to the unacknowledged homemakers who have scrimped and saved, supported and defended, fed and clothed their families for thousands of years. Well done, Kerry.

    • What a nice response you’ve given me, Clare! I agree that the quilt, as well as the work of those famous women, really honors the work of every woman who has soldiered on in the face of difficulty. Once I get the quilt finished, I’ll look for a place to have it displayed–I know a small library that would be happy to have it for awhile.

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