“In the nineteenth century, quiltmaking was often the only socially acceptable way for a woman to express her political views.” This was the way that the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum introduced their call for entries for the show that just opened at their new venue in Golden, Colorado: Patchwork Pundits Take On Politics
Now, this is a daring topic. When I visit quilt guilds around the country, the general understanding is that politics and religion are off the table. I have found that traditional quilters, who make up the majority of quilt guilds, tend to be politically conservative. Similarly, they strive to follow the rules of quilting, seeking well balanced, well-executed, beautiful patterns and palettes.
Art quilters, on the other hand, are expected to embed their compositions with deeply held concepts and ideas—often progressive and sometimes provocative, and to choose techniques and materials that are in keeping with the ideas expressed.
I was lucky enough to be juried into this exhibit at the RMQM, with a small quilt–only about 14″ square, that I made many years ago. It’s that most traditional of quilt blocks: the Nine Patch, but I threw in some curves, some imagery, and some unusual materials–including two pennies minted in 1973, to represent my two cents’ worth.
My statement, in the form of verse, expresses my hope that Roe v. Wade doesn’t get reversed:
Respectfully, this little Nine Patch references “The Nine,”
That highest court in all the land, the real Supremes, or SCOTUS.
The one case they decided almost all can call to mind—
The case that still stirs up debates that we can’t help but notice.
Check out the sac of little pearls–fish eggs, you know, Roe.
Wade in, and then explore the depths of privacy and choice,
Should women self-determine their own fates and families?
My stance is clear, as I hereby give cloth and thread my voice.
My little art quilt was made 14 years ago, but the struggle for reproductive choice, as decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, has never abated. Roe v. Wade hangs on by a thread. It seems to me to be the number one defining issue of this election, both for the presidency and for the Senate that advises and consents on the president’s judiciary nominations.
In any case (except a Court case), this “patchwork pundit” is proud to have my politics hanging on the walls of the RMQM.