Justice Everywhere

Meet “Justice Everywhere”. She spells out the famous Dr. Martin Luther King quote “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” using the Braille alphabet. This was my entry for the two-color challenge at QuiltCon 2019. It did not get selected for QuiltCon but it still remains my favorite quilt to date. I stare at it amazed that I designed and made something like this and, at the same time, finding ways to change or make it better.

The idea for a statement quilt came to me after I saw a Thomas Knauer exhibit at the Houston Quilt Festival in 2017. I had seen a plate in Braille at a museum, and found a certain visual rhythm and intrigue in Braille.

This quote by Dr. Martin Luther King has been one of my favorites for years. It is a constant reminder that, while we have come a long way in making the world a more just place, we are not done till there is justice everywhere and for everyone.

I picked hot pink and black to honor the countless courageous that have come out and talked about their harrowing experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment as part of the #metoo movement. They have faced skepticism and hostility for coming out with their stories. I hope that the voices of these courageous #metoo women make the world a safe and just and better place for our daughters and granddaughters.

The pink pieces are 1.5″ squares finished. 0.5″ black strip between squares in a letter and 1″ black strips between letters in a word. I did Trapunto-style quilting to give extra body to the pink squares. I used two layers of a puffy wool batting and quilted around the outline of each square, and then cut out the batting from all but the pink squares. Then I quilted the entire quilt as usual using a black polyester batting.

I used the channel lock on my Grace Continuum frame to quilt closely spaced straight lines. When the lines hit a pink square, I quilted around the square and continued the straight line. When I got bored, I offset the lines by an inch or two to create small “ripples” in the pattern.
Black backgrounds are notoriously hard to photograph. This quilt looks so rich and dynamic in person that the pictures. I found it so hard to get the nuances of color and texture with the black background. Any tips on photographing black is truly appreciated.

Fabric:
Kona Cotton jet black
Kona cotton pomegranate
Batting:
100% wool – Hobbs Tuscany for Trapunto
100% polyester Quilters Dream in black
Back:
Kona cotton pomegranate
Thread for quilting:
Superior threads So Fine 50 wt in black

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Off the wall Friday

Framed flowers – blocks from the past

What are blocks from the past? Just an euphemism for UFOs – unfinished objects that have been long forgotten but have recently been put into a beautiful quilt. It’s also a reference to how my tastes in quilting have changed over the years. I have a number of UFOs that are based on more traditional blocks and traditional fabric that don’t appeal to me anymore. I’ve been taking them out and trying to finish them – sometimes as is but sometimes I try to change a few elements, add a wonky sashing or an off-grid layout. This quilt is one of them. 

I’ve been part of an online quilting forum – formerly part of GardenWeb, but now part of Houzz.com – for many years. The wonderful quilters in the forum are responsible for almost everything I know about quilting but they are also responsible of most of my UFOs :-). The participation has dwindled over the years but I always find inspiration, suggestions and fresh new ideas in the group.

I won these blocks in a block lotto in 2009. Since then we went through a remodel and a move to a new home, and I had “lost” these blocks in the sewing room. The pattern is called hole in the barn door. The “hole” nicely frames various red floral prints. There were 20 blocks. I put them together 4×5 and added a border that echoes the “barn door” part of the block pattern.

I did an overall flowery, swirly design for the center and a swirl chain along the borders. I wanted the quilting to blend into the center flower fabric – so I used a red thread for quilting.  

The quilt goes to my aunt, Kanaka. I was able to give it to her when I saw her last month on an unexpected trip to Chennai. My aunts were a big part of my childhood – each of them has influenced me and made me what I am today. 



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