In times of stress and sadness, I always go to my sewing machine. This time was no different. When the Women’s March in Washington was announced, I knew I had to make a quilt that was in my head and wear it when I marched. I wanted something big, something that couldn’t be missed, that couldn’t be ignored. I wanted to wrap myself in my rights, literally.
On Saturday, I marched, wrapped in my quilt.
I marched in Oakland, with my husband. He walked with me and the 100,000 people that showed up to say we’re not going to stand for this kind of bullying, for this kind of nonsense that our country voted for. A bully has no place as the president. A misogynist has no place as our president. A rapist has no place as our president.
Wearing the quilt during the march was amazing. As I walked, I gained strength. I felt the strength of the women and men and children and families that we were marching with. When we got to Frank Ogawa Plaza, we picked a spot high on a ledge and held up the quilt. We silently sat with our sign and just took it all in. I was blown away by the response people had when they saw my art. Hundreds of people took photos, talked to me, asked questions, commiserated about the whole reason we had to be there in the first place.
After the march, I felt good, amazing really, but now I realize it’s only day one. Day One of our new job as resistors and truth-tellers. Day One as change makers and documenters. Day One as fighters. I mean, it’s hard not to feel like a fighter when you’re wearing a giant quilt.
On Sunday morning, Kristen Link of Sew Mama Sew posted MY QUILT on her facebook page and shit hit the fan. Both in a good way and in a not-so-good way. Go over there and give her a like. I’m still reeling from all the attention, but it feels pretty good, I must say. I’ve got some things planned, one being making a pattern for this quilt. I’ll let you know when that’s ready in another post.
All of this attention has fired me up. I’m ready for more. More quilts, more protests, more fighting. I’ve got some things planned, one being making a pattern for this quilt. I’ll let you know when that’s ready in another post.
I also think there should be some sort of political quilt show, be it virtual or in person, and I want to get to work on that. ASAP. Because we’ve got work to do. Lots and lots of work. Stay Loud, friends!