This brightly coloured quilt can hardly fail to provoke a reaction. Attractive. Very bright. Fussy? Busy? Love it? Too much, perhaps?
Whatever your reaction, it might change when you read Maria Shell’s description of the quilt’s journey. The thoughtfulness involved in the construction.
Once you know exactly what it represents, it’s difficult not to see. When you learn about the meanings behind it, will you view it differently?
While I am alone during the day in my studio, I almost always listen to National Public Radio. In the fall of 2009, I was stitching on my long arm quilting machine and listening to the Democratic Party select Barrack Obama to be their candidate for the President of the United States of America, and my heart filled with joy.
I–like so many others–wanted to in some way celebrate this moment. I had just done a bang up job on cleaning my studio. I had abandoned many old projects that were never going to become quilts on their own. These half finished quilts were now officially what I call “bits”–potential filler for community quilts or kitchen sink quits.
I had an idea. What if I take all the star blocks I’d made over the years and used them to make a new version of the American flag? A version of…
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