20 January, 2015

Marching Together


We don't celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in Canada. As I've said before, we frankly aren't taught much about the civil rights movement. Not because we aren't without our own shameful past (and present) of racism, but the marches and protests of the 50s and 60s aren't much of a topic in our history classes. Until my trip to Birmingham most of what I knew was from pop culture - hip hop, novels, and movies.

When I found myself with an hour of unexpected free time yesterday I couldn't help but pull out my march inspired blocks. It seemed appropriate on the day and all.

My blocks were pressed, trimmed, and a lay out determined. I filled in the blanks with more white. Now this large block measures about 30'' x 32''. It needs to be framed or made part of something larger. I'm just not entirely sure what that next step will be. Right now I'm thinking a Courthouse Steps kind of construction for framing it. But I've also thought of making 4 more similar large blocks and doing something with those.

For now, I will keep this up on the design wall to contemplate the options, and the precious and passionate sacrifices that inspired it.


7 comments:

Leanne said...

I am loving the marching blocks, I would make that big quilt you are thinking about.

Cathy L said...

Very cool. Very cool....

sewkatiedid said...

These are awesome Cheryl. Keep going!

Sandra W said...

Maybe it needs some skirts!

Laurn said...

You know, I have been wondering how you were going on these. I find the idea so compelling. I've even considered how I'd lay them out. So I'll be interested to see what you settle on.

Elizabeth said...

In general, I am not moved by the "message" in a quilt - I get distracted by the fabrics, maybe?? - but your design moved me greatly. I grew up in the States (West Coast) during the devastating '60s and '70s and recall vividly the race wars. You have created something so stark and so strong with this image ... I like seeing those colors off to the right. Maybe adding some strips in varying widths just to that right side? Would you consider finishing this as a wall piece (perhaps you are and I missed that)?? I think it is an outstanding piece of work.

Liz
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Karen said...

Cheryl, thanks so much for your thoughts on the Civil Rights Movement her in the US. Sadly, I suspect that far too many Americans are uniformed about the people and events of that era. I love that your piece makes such a strong statement about standing up--a perfect reminder of MLK Day!