The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 15 – Quilts and Flowers. Just Quilts and Flowers.

In S3E15 of the Very Serious Crafts Podcast, serendipity runs high when Mollie and Haley can’t seem to stray from flowers and quilts.

The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 15 – Quilts and Flowers. Just Quilts and Flowers.
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The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 15 – Quilts and Flowers. Just Quilts and Flowers.

In season 3, episode 15 of the Very Serious Crafts Podcast, serendipity runs high when Mollie literally makes some magic, Haley plans a herbarium, and they both take a stroll through some complicated and compelling quilt history! (Heidi is off on a much-deserved break this week.)

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The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 15 – Quilts and Flowers. Just Quilts and Flowers.

S3E15 Show Notes:

Here’s a roundup of the resources, patterns, and projects mentioned in this episode:

Morning Star Quilts

♥ Quilt Cards by Debbie Desjarlais https://www.debbiedesjarlaisdesign.com/
♥ More about Debbie Desjarlais and her work: https://billingsgazette.com/news/local/native-graphic-designer-reinvents-star-quilt-designs-through-handmade-cards/article_45f1ed3f-1b08-5e45-ae3c-78188d09db66.html
♥ Smithsonian Magazine article featuring a collection of Native American quilts: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/a-spectacular-collection-of-native-american-quilts-11108340/
♥ Academic paper on star quilts by Kim Elise Taylor from UMT: https://scholarworks.umt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3324&context=etd

The Freedom Quilt

♥ The Freedom Quilt on Instagram:

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From our home in New York City, the American Folk Art Museum stands in solidarity with those confronting racism and championing justice and equality. ⁠ ⁠ We have spent the last days mourning, listening, and reflecting. Many artists, including those we are honored to have in our collection, have been pushed to the margins of their own communities or institutionalized due to ignorance, prejudice, and racism. Their work testifies to the power of art to transmit the pain and loss that they have experienced firsthand and what it means to be resilient in the face of injustice. ⁠ ⁠ Our museum is guided by the principle that art born of personal experience rather than formal artistic training deserves a visible and prominent place in the world. Works like Jessie B. Telfair’s Freedom Quilt - which was made after Telfair, an African American woman, lost her job as a result of trying to register to vote - markedly demonstrate the power of art to uplift, but also remind us that oppression remains a persistent threat to our friends, colleagues, and neighbors. ⁠ ⁠ To those everywhere who have been touched by intolerable acts of senseless violence, we are grieving with you. ⁠Black lives matter. ⁠ ⁠ Freedom Quilt; Jessie B. Telfair (1913–1986); Parrott, Georgia⁠ 1983; Cotton, with pencil; 74 x 68 in.; Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York; Gift of Judith Alexander in loving memory of her sister, Rebecca Alexander, 2004.9.1⁠ Photo by Gavin Ashworth⁠ ⁠ ⁠

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♥ The Freedom Quilt catalog entry at the American Folk Art Museum: http://collection.folkartmuseum.org/objects/3230/freedom-quilt
♥ Social Justice Sewing Academy: https://www.instagram.com/sjsacademy/

Magic Flowers

♥ Old video about making feather flowers:

Pressed Flowers

♥ Victorian flower and seaweed pressing from Merchant’s House Museum: http://merchantshouse.org/blog/seaweed-pressing/
♥ Several different methods for pressing flowers: https://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/projects/make-pressed-flowers/
♥ How to make a wooden flower press: https://christines-crafts.com/how-to-make-a-flower-press/
♥ People Have Gone Full 1800s: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/30/style/victorian-era-crafts-coronavirus.html
♥ The flower press that Haley has her eye on: https://amzn.to/32f7LIv (affiliate link)

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By Haley Pierson-Cox

Haley Pierson-Cox writes the craft blog https://www.redhandledscissors.com/. She's a knitter, sewer, maker, cross-stitcher, lover of cats, purveyor of quirk, an author of cross-stitch books, and avid swearing enthusiast! (But not on this podcast!) She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon called Tiny Cranky Haley.

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