On November 8, 2016, I watched our US election returns, fully expecting that we would be welcoming our first woman president.
As I watched, I embroidered on this block, with the words of the woman I was sure would be that president.
I was stunned, horrified, and so, so disappointed when things worked out so differently, so cataclysmically wrong.
Disheartened, I stopped working on the quilt for a while but eventually knew that I needed, perhaps more than ever, to finish it.
And through the intervening two years, it’s given me some comfort to work on this. New women leaders have emerged while established standard bearers, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, continue to work toward keeping America America.
I admire Hillary Clinton. Nancy Pelosi. Elizabeth Warren.
I admire Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the other newly-elected women in government, every one of them, and Stacey Abrams and so many others.
I admire the women of Planned Parenthood and the ones who march for women’s rights, and women doctors and scientists and authors and artists, and every woman who has found her own way to say, “I am. I want my human rights.”
And, of course, I also admire the women who have found ways to express themselves when their expressive options were limited. And that brings us to my other quilt-in-progress.
I’ve started crocheting together the fusion squares.
I spent some time laying the squares out in patterns on my bed, trying to decide what worked. But I have almost no patience for that kind of work.
So I settled for a layout that put the all-white squares in the center, with more colorful ones bordering them. I stacked the squares up in order and had a plan, minimal though it was, and tucked all of the squares into a safe cabinet so I could take them out in order, to crochet.
The next day, I found that one of the cats (I’m looking at you, Gigi!) had finagled her way into the cabinet and wreaked havoc with my plan, minimal though it was. The squares were tossed every which way.
So, we’ll just have to wait and see how this turns out!
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.