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” byand
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.
Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Nanette, Edith, Sharon, Karrin, and Gretchen
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. 🙂
Thanks, Judy–I love the quilt, too, and feel it worthy of hand quilting! I thought of you, the last couple of days, when I was out in the -30 wind chill, shoveling snow . . . . Might’ve taken you name in vain. 😉
I understand, and feel free to do whatever gets you through that wicked weather. 🙂
Inspirational – love the story behind the quilt! 🙂
Thanks! I love these words from wrong women!
What a great inspirational project!
Thanks so much! Whenever I quilt one of the blocks with the quotes, it gives me a chance to really ponder those words!
Go Kerry! Excllent motivation!
I love seeing all those beautiful newly-elected women–it gives me hope . . . and I need hope.
Oh Kerry. Don’t we all.
Hurrah, you are back to your needle! The execution of this is magnificent, I love how the grid brings the quotes out, and that is a brilliant quote from Maya Angelou. ❤️
Thanks, Kathy–it’s good to be back, although I have no callus on that hand that goes underneath to push the needle back up–need to build it up again!
You broke through your quilting resistance to celebrate the fruits of resistance! That is darn crafty and deeply poetic.
I like the way you put that, Susanne!
Great inspiration for your beautiful quilt.
Strong women, newly-elected to try and save America–what better inspiration?! Thanks, Margaret!
I wish there were a “love” button on this post. So wonderful, and how heartening it is to see this change, which has been a long time coming.
All the photos I’ve been seeing of the new Congress–I love seeing the bright dresses and the symbolism of some of the clothing choices. SO different from the men in their dark suits . . .
Sure is! So encouraging.
Powerful post Kerry!
Thanks–it’s an interesting time to be an American!
It must feel so nice to be back quilting and on this project at this time.
It does feel good, and as if everything is coming together! Thanks!
To everything there is a season. You will quilt when you are ready. I’m glad you feel ready and inspired. The women are amazing and the women will lead. hugs
The women blow me away and to already have three possible choices of women for president?! (well, 4, but three I see as viable)
Yes, 4 I think! Yes, it blows me away, too.
Sometimes we just need a bit of a nudge to get back on track and it looks like you’ve found your inspiration.
Yup. If all those women can take on the current problems in my country, the least I can do is finish a quilt!
A kick-ass quilt for kick-ass women. I so want to see it finished.
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.
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 ……….
I’m glad you’ve been re-inspired by women like those who inspired it in the first place – I’ve loved the idea of this quilt since you first mentioned doing it.
Yes, these women are continuing in the footsteps of those others–much work left to be done but it seems they are up to the challenge!
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.
Many of the women are really young and they are black, and Native American, and gay, and Muslim, and all manner of other good thing!
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.
Jo could probably have been president, in another era! Not much sunshine lately–just snow and bitter, bitter cold–still nice to be under the quilt, though!
Excellent. Love your quilt. Love the photo of the women.
I watched the photo of the women roll by over and over–I love those serious, determined faces.
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.
Thank you, Marlene–you always know what to say! Can you believe that 4 women have already declared to run for president?! The times they really are a’changing!
Keeping my fingers crossed that we get a good woman next time. I’ve been watching.
Glad to hear you are back working on this quilt, Kerry!
Thanks, Lavinia–it feels right!
I echo kathy reeves, I am so glad you are back working on this beauty! I knew you would someday, of course. Those voices must be heard!
Yes, they must be heard. And I keep coming across more inspiring words that I wish I’d included and I know there will be many more to come!
Matching pillow shams is the answer to that one!
Beautifully said, Kerry. I’m so glad you’ve come back to this lovely piece of work.
I’m happy to be back at it. It’s funny, all I needed to do was it down and start and I got right back in the groove, and wondered why I’d stayed away so long.
That happens to me with crochet. I’m a bottom floor novice, but it is so relaxing, that I wonder why I stop.
Wonderful to hear that you’re again working on this quilt.
Thanks, Sheryl–it does feel good!
So many many good reasons to quilt! Welcome back❤️❤️
Thanks, Tracy–you all have been very patient with me!
Rebels with a Quilt. – Oscar
You have a way with words, my friend!
It worked out good the way your inspiration coincides with wintertime and the other more practical reasons to resume quilting. Hope is stirring and the needle is rocking again!
That’s right! All the pieces came together and it feels like the perfect time to be quilting again!
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.
Bless your heart!
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!
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.
What a wonderful bit of writing your comment is! Thank you for putting into coherent sentences so much of what I’ve been feeling about this moment in time!
Well, I was inspired by your very coherent post!
“[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
That RBG quote is the best!!! I may need to make another quote quilt, just so I can include it.
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.
Thanks, Liz–I got back to my quilt and you got back to Aunt Helen!!
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.