Last week, in coordination and celebration of International Women’s Day, Kim from Leland Ave Studios put out a call for quilt blocks for what she is calling the “In Our Own Words Quilt“. In Kim’s words:
In celebration of how *AMAZING* we are as women, I am asking for YOUR HELP in creating a quilt that acknowledges and honors ourselves and the equality we deserve. I’m calling it the In Our Own Words Quilt.
I am looking to collect blocks from as many women as possible with a hand-stitched word of empowerment that describes YOU as a woman. My word is RESILIENT. What will yours be?
Details: blocks should be 3.5” x 6.5” with a word stitched in black on a white fabric background.
I thought about this for a long time. Sticking point number one: the word Kim selected, RESILIENT, was hand stitched and I was a bit daunted (I was kind of sure I could do it but then again, what it if looked like crud?). Sticking point number two: a word of empowerment that describes ME as a woman (emphasis mine to show my hangups).
As a woman, I don’t feel especially empowered. Don’t get me wrong, I am a privileged white woman, and I know it. But empowered? And as a woman? How else would I be? I have a lot of internal turmoil tied up in knots around my gender and how it has influenced events in my personal history, and this really was a difficult prompt.
But I sat with it, and on Friday night after several long days of standing at my longarm and quilting, I looked up hand embroidery stitching. As soon as I looked it over, not only did I know that I could do it, but I knew what my word would be. My husband happened to walk up as I was reading the definition for the word I selected, and he said, “that sounds like my wife,” which sealed the deal.
Definition of conscientious (courtesy of Merriam-Webster.com)
1. governed by conscience; controlled by or done according to one’s inner sense of what is right; principled:
She’s a conscientious judge, who does not let personal prejudices influence her decisions.
2. careful and painstaking; particular; meticulous; scrupulous:
conscientious application to the work at hand.
The lettering is my standard “Vonnie Font #1” (as my husband calls it) block print, and I hand stitched the letters using Aurifil 12wt black thread. I started with an oversized piece of white background fabric, and I had practiced how large I wanted the lettering to be on paper prior to lightly writing in pencil on the fabric to use as the line to follow with the thread. As you can see above, the block was a bit rumpled looking after I was done, but a quick press with a warm iron smoothed everything out. And for total honesty: I used a lint roller for several passes on both the front and back of the block, too.
The block fits perfectly inside a sandwich sized ziploc bag, and it will be in the mail to Kim today. You have plenty of time to consider and add your own block to Kim’s project. You can find more details on how to contribute from Kim:
And in case you are curious, the background blue fabric is Kona Cotton Ocean (my favorite color).