Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We the People Crazy Quilt

I love my country.  I really do.  This craziness in our political leaders, though, has just got to stop.  I know everyone has their own opinions on how to do this. I also know that the stress of having a furloughed federal employee husband, who is also our sole bread winner has been very stressful, to put it mildly.  I don't claim to know much about politics, but I do know about quilting, so I decided to channel my own craziness into a quilt.

As usual, when I start a new project, I like to try out or learn a new technique.  I have been wanting to try reverse applique for a while now, so I used my red and blue scraps first to make a crazy quilt of the different states in the Union.  It's art, so I ad-libbed a bit.  Our politicians are very good at doing this.  Crazy quilts are made in exactly the same fashion, and it just seemed a perfect way to "portray" our country right now... a little bit crazy, and also a little bit (OK, maybe a lot) divided into "red" and "blue" states.  I'm a little bit crazy myself right now, so it just seemed perfect.  My opinion is that a little bit of crazy can be a good thing.  From this springs creativity, ingenuity, perseverance.  Going over that fine line, though, can be a very bad thing, and I think we're pretty much right there...

Of course our colors are red white and blue, so I found some almost white batik fabric in my stash.  I've learned that tightly woven batiks hold up better to the applique process.  I traced the outline of the United States that I had printed off, enlarged and also pieced together with paper, onto the batik fabric (did you follow that?).

I then pinned the batik on top of the crazy quilt top, both facing up, and free motion quilted just outside of the traced lines.

Now came the tedious but oh-so-fun step of cutting out along the line I drew, revealing the craziness underneath.

Then came the layering of batting and a back fabric, and the quilting.  I decided to quilt "pebbles" or people in the country part, all from a nice variegated purple thread, because we're all pretty much the same when it comes down to it.  To emphasize what this country is about, and maybe to even send out a little message of my own, I quilted the words "We the People" across the top, because this country is all about We the People, not we the politicians, or we the corporations.  Stippling and a scrappy binding finished it with the exception of one last detail.

I sewed on a button, and made a 2 sided fabric postcard sign that reads "open" on one side, and "closed" on the other.  I'm eagerly awaiting the day that I can flip the sign to open, and my husband can go back to work doing what he chose to do as a career, helping both our national forests and wild lands, and the people who use them.  These lands belong to all of us, not just 1 party.  They are important and essential, just like all federal employees and the people they serve.

Let's get on with it!!


  1. Yes. Love that you could turn even frustration (among other feelings) into a quilt.

  2. Great quilt. I love including a little history or politics into a quilt and you nailed this one, for sure. I hope your frustration ends soon...

  3. What a great quilt! The powers that be need to give up their paycheck until the people get back to work!

  4. Great way to put your thoughts into a quilt!!! LOVE IT!!!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE! So fabulous!

    I hope things settle out quickly for you guys and those dorks in DC get their act together for good. (Yeah right.) Hugs!