Tag Archives: Melissa Blount

UnCOVERed Quilt Completion

Q1 of 2018 was marked by needlework to overcome the winter doldrums. In January I sat down with 100s of women and a few men to stitch for Melissa Blount’s Black Lives Matter Witness quilt, and a few weeks later I worked on a different quilt. Photo by Jason Brown As part of the Winter […]

Witness Quilt Sewing Circle

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” ~ attributed to Banksy and Cesar A. Cruz When I attended the unveiling of Melissa Blount’s Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt last year I knew I wanted to be part of future sewing circles. On January 31 that opportunity arose with an event at the Block Museum. […]

#SayHerName: The Women of the Witness Quilt

“We are all connected. If we are not really invested in helping each other, there is no hope for us. It’s about how our lives are all limited without having deep conversations and interactions with one another.” ~ Melissa Blount Women starting new lives in a new home or trying to get away from abuse. […]

Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt

“I see this quilt as an opportunity to create repair. When you have empathy, it is hard to do damage. We haven’t dealt with the idea of how we have dehumanized black folk.” ~ Melissa Blount On June 25, Evanston residents gathered for the unveiling of the Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt at the Frances […]