Earlier this year, a quilt that I entered into my local quilt show was judged, hung and then removed from the show. It was a community quilt that I had longarm quilted for the Social Justice Sewing Academy. I was proud of the work that I had done on this project and I wanted to share it with my community. I never intended to become an advocate, but I could not let the voices of the young people, the members of my guild and the people who attended my local quilt show, be silenced. There was so much to say about this whole experience, that I created the video below.

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My focus in this matter will continue to be making sure the voices of these young people are heard by whoever wants to listen. So I was excited for the quilt to head to the Minnesota Quilt Show in St. Cloud, to see it being shared there, this week. After that, I’m not sure, but I will keep you updated.

On a lighter note, while this quilt was hanging and since I got to spend so much time looking at it, I noticed a spot that missed some quilting. So I loaded all 14 feet of it back onto the longarm and finished the few inches of quilting, even though I would likely be the only one to notice.

While it was there, I decided that I would like the quote along the bottom of the quilt to stand out just a bit more. So I pulled out some 12 weight Aurifil thread and stitched around the letters again. Yes, you can use 12 weight on a longarm!

I’m so happy with how this turned out. It’s not overpowering, but noticeable.

Thanks for stopping by to check out what I’ve been up to. I hope you’ll come again!


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