It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
— Maya Angelou
I’m a little late for the celebration of Martin Luther King day, but I’ve been concerned about our moving away from from diversity and inclusiveness for a long time. This newest quilt celebrates for me the diversity and inclusiveness that we all need to recognize and work toward.
The background fabric is a large map of the world. The overlaid design (a celtic Waldalgeheim pattern circa 500o-350 BC variation) is reversed appliqued onto the map. the four immediated edges to the quilt are small seminole pieced designs, blending world and American ideas.
The quilt is 55 X 63 inches. It is machine pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted.
My hope is to see the peoples of the world supporting and loving each other, instead of dividing into us vs. them!
“Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.” – Salvador Dali
When I was in high school (many moons ago!) our family hosted a French student for the school year. I didn’t know much about the world beyond Iowa at that time and this was an incredible opportunity for my family to widen our horizons. Jocy had lived many places in France, but her heart always remained in the regions of Beaujolais where her family had deep roots. As we became young women, and our families grew, and we were both deeply involved in family and careers, we lost touch. Many attempts were made to reconnect, without much success, until I opened up Facebook about a year and a half ago and had a “friend request” from my long lost friend. What an incredible surprise! Correspondence ensued and I just returned from spending 10 days in France with Jocy experiencing the part of France that she loves most. Fall is an absolutely beautiful time to visit Lyon and the Beaujolais wine region of France. Of course, I’m a quilter and I spent days and days pondering what I could take to France that wouldn’t take up all of my luggage. I found a wonderful fabric print of a world map and overlaid the map with a traditional celtic design. Along the edges, I added four designs in seminole strip piecing to represent America. The piece is hand appliqued and hand quilted. It measure approximately 28 x 46 inches.
These show the seminole pieced border in more detail.
One of the most beautiful places that we visited was the medieval village of Pérouges. Pérouges is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France. It is a medieval walled town that is perched on a small hill that overlooks the plain of the Ain River. The town was was inhabited by craftsmen; mainly farmers and linen weavers. It was probably founded by a Gallic colony. In 1167, the Seigneur d’Anthon famously shut the commune’s walls against the troops of the Archbishop of Lyon, and as early as 1236 the inhabitants earned communal freedom. In 1601 the town officially became French. Until the end of the 18th century, the textile industry in Pérouges boomed. (wikipedia)
The visit to France and the renewal of an old friendship was beautiful!
“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Fall has come and for me it brings a changed dimension to my life. My mother has recently passed away and I find myself the oldest one left in my family. I guess that means I must take on some of the crone or matriarch. Right now I’m feeling more crone like than wise like a matriarch. Like spring that I know will come, my joy now comes from my children, niece and grandchildren!
I’ve gotten way behind on my hand quilting. Too many quilts ready to go and not enough time to quilt them. So I decided to do some machine quilting. Last spring my quilt group had a several day retreat and one of the women was working on a couple of seminole pieced quilts. It gave me the itch to try one out on my own. So here it is!
It is 56×72 inches. The fabrics are mostly batiks with the addition of some others. It is machine quilted in the ditch. The hand applique designs on the edge are adapted from a Menominee pattern.
I used a wool batt so it is quite puffy!