Sunday, December 1, 2013

liberty (of london) and justice for all



Without further ado, here is my entry for the NYC Mod Quilt Guild DWR Challenge {traditional category}.

Massive thanks to Amanda for helping me get these (much-improved) photos :)  AND for sharing her gray lipari F8s :o)

I actually used the EZ templates and I have to say they made this challenging design quite approachable (…and then I went and overcomplicated things by swapping the squares for 96-piece ~4" diamonds).

Simple ¼" quilting with Aurifil. (I'm waiting for AW's sewdown Nashville session before attempting anything more daring.)

The arcs are pieced entirely from Liberty of London {tana lawn} fabric (each hue represents one of the eight stripes in Gilbert Baker's original 1978 pride flag design).  And quite serendipitously, this awareness campaign was circling the streets of London during our fabric excursion to Liberty and Shaukat in September:


The background is a variety of Oakshott and text prints (but because I wanted to very much be in control of what that text was saying, I opted for fabric printed with the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln's ever-still-relevant Gettysburg address (I, too, believe Goodwin got it right.  Edited to note:  Turns out others, including the President, agree.)).

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. . . . 
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. . . ."

I want to add that if you disagree with or question the inspiration for this quilt, I would encourage you (as no doubt my former Law & Social Change professor would) to reflect on why it is that you feel and react the way you do.  And to those of you who see the hypocrisy of a diamond-studded quilt being paired with the notion of "liberty and justice for all," I can tell you I struggled for months over whether or not to include the stones.


But I will say that one thing that helped to allay my concerns about the conflict surrounding the diamonds was finding a fabric whose namesake prides himself on ethically sourced materials: Oakshott.


For me, knowing these shimmering gray shades were handwoven by cooperative weavers made the choice to keep the design concept an easy one.

Edited to add photos and this note:  I left out a very important detail when I posted this the other night.  Above all else I want to acknowledge my husband for his support and (enduring) patience when it comes to my creative endeavors.  (And all other impossibly zany facets of my being.)  One might say that the strength of my own marriage was the true seedling for this design.  After all, when you're blessed with the lifelong partnership of someone so remarkably genuine and thoughtful (...in his own forgetful way), it's impossible not to insist on that same opportunity for any other loving couple.

More. 

:)

46 comments:

  1. I would like to crawl up into your brain and see how you come up with these wonderful ideas. This is so absolutely beautiful. I really love the inspiration for this as well, for a variety of reasons. I wish I had something insightful to say, other than omfg amazeballs, but honestly I got nothing.

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  2. Amazing! I love the diamond. inspiring too.

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  3. I'll echo what Anne said because she said it so well :-)

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  4. I'm glad you made it. As expected it's jaw dropping, eye popping :-) Plus there is a message in it. WOW! You go girl!

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  5. It is just stunning - and extra awesome with a message behind each part of it! Well though out and executed my friend! It's beautiful!

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  6. Gorgeous!! I would like to see some close ups!!

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  7. The gems really do sparkle and shimmer, I'm sure because of the color palette and the Oakshott. The color run in the rings is great.

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  8. Honestly, I'm with Anne. All I can really do is drool, wipe, and drool some more. It's just as stunning as I thought it'd be! Incredible job!

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  9. Amazing! These nighttime photos are the most stunning thing I've ever seen so you might blind us all if you were to take daytime photos :) if there is some kind of prize attached to the DWR challenge, I think you deserve to win it all.

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  10. You did it!!! It is amazing as expected and truly those diamonds are jaw dropping! So proud of you girl :)

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  11. Thank goodness for Anne's eloquent stating of the facts!

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  12. I got goosebumps reading your post! Your quilt is so incredibly beautiful and the thought and inspiration, just phenomenal!

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  13. The quilt is stunning and I love the inspiration behind it. Thank you for your thoughtful post!

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  14. Jaw dropping. I knew I would love this quilt, and now I love it even more knowing the inspiration behind it and message it holds. What a thoughtful, thought-provoking, and beautiful piece of work.

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  15. Just so you know, I've been refreshing your blog all day in hopes that I'd see the daylight pictures.

    No pressure or anything. :D

    <3

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  16. Your quilt is beautiful! I sure hope you will post a whole lot more photos of it for us to see all the details.

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  17. It's so amazing to see the final product!!! I can't wait to see more pics!!! Amazing work sarah!

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  18. Absolutely STUNNING! I can't believe you!!

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  19. Seriously unbelievably jaw droppingly beautiful. I've said it before, I know, but I just love your thought process as much as your amazing quilts. Good luck my friend, it is just incredible.

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  20. All my words have already been used above, so I'll just say them again: Gorgeous and jaw-dropping and stunning! : )

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  21. I first saw this on IG and instantly love it. Amazing creativity/sewing and great story to go with it too.

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  22. You have combined an utterly gorgeous design with real meaning and a message - incredible. I love love love this quilt, both for its aesthetic appeal and the story behind it. I wanted to make a quilt this year in support of gay marriage (which is now allowed here in NZ) but I couldn't quite find the right way to do it. You've done it!

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  23. Thank you for adding more photos, it is wonderful!

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  24. First, thank you for being an ally for our cause. We will get there.

    Secondly, thank you for making a quilt that is beautiful in its appearance, but also beautiful in its message. I love a "thinking" quilt! A rainbow DWR, and the irony of the diamonds, spot on. Spot. On.

    Finally, even if you don't win (which you totally should) rest assured it is still a success!

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  25. It's beautiful Sarah. Love the way you play with colors.

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  26. unbelievably beautiful and technically amazing. Love the message.

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  27. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful in every aspect! I love your thoughts on how you arrives at the finished product!

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  28. Beautiful, inspiring and all around perfect on every level. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go pick my jaw up off of the the floor :)

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  29. Such a beautiful quilt. I love the diamonds. Really stunning.

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  30. for ALL! Brilliant. And I can't believe you contemplated leaving the diamonds out. So glad you put them in and that you really took the challenge to heart. Not just a quilt, but a quilt with real meaning. Well done!

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  31. That door and wall is fabulous, what a perfect setting!

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  32. What an amazing quilt! If this doesn't win, I can't imagine what will.

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  33. I love your DWR! Corners are amazing, Liberty fabrics fits so well into your idea. Photos are just perfect! You have found amazing place to make a photoshoot. I keep finger's crossed for you in the contest!

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  34. I might have already told you this, but I love this quilt. :)

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  35. I hope this wins tonnes of awards - please enter it in the big shows!

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  36. Inspiring! Both the quilt and your very well written words.

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  37. This is one of THE most incredible pieces of art I have ever seen. I could only hope to one day be this good. :} Amazing & beautiful, just don't cut it...Thanks for sharing.

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  38. This is a truely inspiring piece, those diamonds are doing my head in. Congratulations on such an amazing job well done!

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  39. You're going to start thinking i'm a stalker what with the comments i leave on your finished quilts posts. So for this one i'll leave out references to mini ninjas in the night and missing quilts blamed on your husband.
    This one is by far the most beautiful DWR i've ever seen. The way you've added in the diamonds is just beautiful, and Liberty lawns, sigh. You've gone above and beyond with this one Sarah and i will congratulate you now on your win. Because you will win! andifitevergoesmissingitwasn'tme!! ;)

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  40. I have fallen behind in my bloglovin'..... And am glad I did not completely miss this! Thanks for linking back to it in today's post. It's way past gorgeous. As the diamonds are forever... So is the Liberty! Hope you don't mind.... Sharing this on http://facebook.com/sewfreshquilts

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  41. I was only made aware of your fabulous quilt today as I'm attempting a double wedding ring quilt for the first time. Your take on a traditional design is just jaw-droppingly awesome!!! I love it and the inspiration behind it.

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  42. Gorgeous! No other words needed....besides Congrats!

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  43. This quilt is mesmerisingly beautiful. I can't stop staring at it. Love it!

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