I went to segregated schools for the first 6 years of my education. I was in the 7th grade before I went to school with white kids. So Martin Luther King’s dream has always been firmly present for me.
Soon after I started quilting, I made a quilt named Martin’s Dream. The hope sewn into the quilt was that one day black and white children would join hands and become friends. The border makes the quilt, and it took me forever to piece all those black and white blocks of children holding hands.
Later I made a quilt that embodied my personal dreams. I named it Colored Girl Dreams. I loved the simple windmill blocks that symbolize dreaming and the neutral colors that symbolize quiet determination for me. The background fabric sparkles, but that does not show up in the picture. Colored Girl Dreams was a simple reminder to myself to never give up on my dreams.
And I never did give up on my dreams. I am Exhibit A to the case for how far we have come in this country — highly educated, solidly middle class with joyous opportunities to travel and enjoy life. Even more important, however, was my belief that the future was secure and bright. After all, I raised a daughter who never knew segregation and who does not see the world in black and white.
But on this MLK Day, there is reason to worry that progress could slip away. That is why my message today is dream like crazy but stay present. So I leave you with my quilt Be Fearless (now owned by a private collector but I am sure she would not mind me sharing it). #ovsjoyousjanuary #mlk2018
What makes every artist different are their life experiences that influence their work. Most art bubbles up from the soul. One of the things in my life that has left an indelible mark on my soul and influenced my quilt choices is my sorority Delta Sigma Theta.
Once you become a Delta, you love all things red and white. So while some quilters have made red and white quilts throughout history because they are beautiful, I have an added reason. Red and white are the colors of my sorority.
I am working on a book of red and white quilts which I hope to finish this year. (Wish me luck!) I hope the book will be a lasting legacy to my Delta Sigma Theta legacy daughter India who is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta.
Meanwhile, thank you Delta Sigma Theta for the added inspiration to my dreams, and Happy 105th Founders Day to my sorors!
Frozen and busted pipes at home were just the nudge I needed to take a staycation. Rather than sit home and worry about pipes, I opted to make lemonade out of lemons so I booked myself into a luxury hotel and decided to do Atlanta like a tourist.
I shopped for fabric at a huge fabric warehouse. They have a large African fabric collection.
I visited the Atlanta Civil Rights Museum. It was a moving and powerful experience that makes you think about your life has purpose.
And I enjoyed my luxurious accomodations, especially room service.
Are you turning lemons into lemonade? How about scraps into a quilt? #ovsjoyousjanuary #giveyourselfflowers
I know Cognac does not look like a Christmas quilt, but it is. In my family, a long standing tradition requires you to go into your liquor stash and find something you can sip slowly while you wait for Santa.
On such a glorious occasion, only the good stuff will do. Cheers! #december #joyandgratitude