Today is International Women's Day, a good time to celebrate the virtuoso work done by women fiber artists. Chief among these treasures are the thousands of wholly original designs for pieced quilts. Women worked alone at home, but they also often collaborated with their neighbors. Stitching the finished quilt top to its filling and backing was almost always a group project, which provided companionship and helped spread ideas about design and fabrication.
Yesterday, my post featured some letters made up of scraps of fabric. But that's not the only way letters were stitched into cloth. Embroidered signatures were a favorite addition. The quilt above is a rich cultural document that has an important story to tell about the town, the women, the material culture, the era, and the national values that shaped it.
Whatever else women create, they create connections.