About This Quilt Piece

OK, mine is the easy one. The simplicity of the square includes everyone. This statement won’t be so fancy because my square is the crayon box with the different colors. Several of the crayons have spilled out into the “world” to share their uniqueness, and several are still in the box, still thinking about it. I left the boxed ones black and white. Aren’t they boring? I made the colors of the box fade in gradually from white, in the bottom right corner, to dark gold in the top left to show “inclusivity”. I used gradient embroidery thread to highlight 3 words in the quote by Maya Angelou. I think those 3 words validate my square and its relationship to the whole quilt.

When I first saw all the squares sewn together, I thought WOW, every single one is different! Imagine that! What diversity in the quilt itself! When I was a first grader in 1964, growing up in the South, I remember finding my first best friend. She had such beautiful, dark brown skin. To me, she wasn’t black, or African American, or any other label. She was just Pat, Patrice Harris, still my BFF on FB! This was a period of racial unrest in the South. She never came over to my house and I never went to hers. I don’t know why. Just a crazy unspoken rule the grown-ups had, I guess. Pat is colorful and fun. I am colorful and fun and WASP. When we parted at the end of the year, we traded crayons to remember each other. Mine was big, fat and first-grader-like and purple and I still have it.


Carol King, Senior Library Associate, Collection Management, Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan
February, 2011