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My Feminist Quilt: Women’s March Oakland 2017

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!

sewist, quilter and fabric hoarder.

Comments (5)

  • Love your quilt, Darci. I’m not surprised that so many people reacted so positively to it. I hope it continues to bring good things your way. My 83 year old mother got the pussy hat pattern online and she is now knitting pussy hats for her friends. Keep up the fight!! 45 is a threat to the republic, and he must be stopped.

  • Darci, your quilt is amazing! You might be interested in this call for entry from Studio Art Quilt Assiciates (SAQA).

    • Thanks Kathy! That looks like an amazing show.

  • Through you I’ve added some great new folks to my IG feed. THANK YOU! (and I totally want to copy you and make a protest quilt now. . .maybe I’ll take the MO Quilt Company free cat pattern and make it in all pink!).

  • Thanks for this post. I know exactly how you feel as I had a similar experience with my quilt at the march (I blogged about it yesterday!). I have had mostly positive comments online but I followed the thread over at Sew Mama Sew closely. Quilts have been political since the dawn of time, and it seems that some people might be frustrated that a) we are making quilts that showcase beliefs they don’t align with and b) the Women’s March in general. Just a couple of thoughts. But you’re right, we have to keep going. Also – while I was in D.C., I talked to a lady who wants to start some kind of political quilt show. If I hear from her again through email, I will let you know. Keep on keeping on, Darci – you rock! And your pictures made me tear up.


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