If you don’t know, Abigail Dunway Scott is someone I should admire and look up to. I am certainly thankful for the hard work and dedication she gave to what I
believe is the second most important work for human rights this country has ever seen: The right for Woman to vote. (The first being the 13 amendment, recognition that no man has the right to own another man.) Abigail, tired of watching woman have their money, homes, and at times health stripped from
them by their husbands, dedicated her life to
ensuring all of us the right to make our own decisions, be they intelligent or not.
-The New Northwest, 1810.
of women mindlessly stitching the hours away because their brains could not handle anything of a more this husband made one too
serious matter. (I know, those of many comments about
you who are as obsessed with "Woman's work"
this art form as I am are snorting
right now. ) It requires planning, practice, precision, and patience.
knit. It was seen as a highly skilled trade, with masters
and apprentices. That the masters and apprentices alike both probably had wives at home helping them out was not publicly acknowledged, as the common belief at the time was this work was “to skilled for a Woman's mind.” So how it went from “skilled” to “mindless” gives me a giggle. A sarcastic giggle, but a giggle.
courtroom in Williminah Oregon, a group of women
work on a quilt while listening to one of their stitching sisters
The Murder Quilt being tried for the murder of
whoa to the prosecutor falsely accused her husband. They all one of our quilting sisters knew she was innocent, but
were not allowed to come
to her defense. They glared at the prosecutors while they stabbed into the quilt blocks, wishing they were stabbing him with the needle instead. Community members paid 15 cents to have their names embroidered in the quilt, and it was later auctioned off to raise funds for her defense.” It’s amazing , the work is seen as “mindless” and “foolish” to some....yet we can raise so much money with our mindless work!
This attitude towards quilting was not just limited to Abigail. It still prevails. I remember the Fed Ex driver who was selling scrap book supplies on the side. When she found out I quilted her nose tipped up and the side of her mouth slid into a sneer. “Isn’t that what little old Ladies do?” Umm...Little old Ladies, Big
Old Ladies, Young little ladies..medium aged ladies...Big Middle aged ladies..short ladies, how many descriptions and ages of ladies are there? God bless her pea
picking heart. I ship with UPS incidentally...our local driver has never said a bad word about quilting. (he’s been married for a few years, and seems to have
learned a few things. Let’s give a shout out to Don the UPS driver’s wife. Well done.) When a former teacher found out I was quilting she expressed grave disappointment..she thought I would do better and bigger things than raise three awesome daughters and quilt.
Quilting, for me, is one of the best art forms ever. It can be practical, as quilts will keep you warm when the electricity is out. All that “mindless” quilting work our
great grandmothers did was done in a huge part to keep their families warm! It leads to beauty... I don’t care if they are modern or reproductions of quilts made a
hundred years ago, they are all beautiful. The skills needed for quilting engage the mind and body at the same time, which helps ward off dementia. You don’t
need to be a great artist to make a quilt...we have patterns , books, and awesome you-tube tutorials that will help us out, or the more adventurous folks can design their own with a “following my bliss” attitude. The art of quilting can cross generations, uniting woman (and the men quilters!) together who may have
thought they had nothing in common. We rise to the occasion when national disasters strike by making quilts for fundraisers, we make pillowcases and blankies for traumatized children, hospice quilts, Quilts for Valor, you name it, we quilt it, and their is nothing mindless or foolish about it. (So there, Abigail!)
help others and gives you a chance to pray and praise
the almighty, it’s not mindless, it’s not foolish. We
should never make another person feel small because they love to do something.
owned a milliners shop and supported her family with
her needle for a brief time. She missed the mark on
quilting, but I’m gonna go ahead and forgive her for it.
Thanks to her, I have the right to quilt as much as I please!