Week 5: Censored #107days

We couldn’t let quilt week pass without squeezing in a post about the patch that didn’t make it. Ally Rogers, LB’s cousin, has been a quiet constant of the #JusticeforLB campaign, sending witty tweets and making acerbic observations, that have led to many a dark chuckle in the Justice Shed. Ally is currently completing her undergraduate dissertation, which is due in next week. With a working title of How to Make Friends and Impress People: A Case Study (to be replaced with something more yawningly academic in due course) Ally is conducting a narrative analysis of Sloven’s communications around LB’s ‘care’ and death. 12,000 words looking at the texts on blogs and Sloven’s public statement on their website, focusing on assigned and hidden responsibility for actions. Legend.

When it came to stitching a patch for the Justice Quilt, Ally went for subversive LB style. Committing to fabric LB’s bigoted tendencies, as captured in Sara’s blog post of 2011.

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The arrival of this patch into the quilt makers pile posed somewhat of a dilemma for Janet and gang. Was such a blatant statement appropriate for the Justice Quilt? Would it make sense without context? Janet, Janis, Margaret and Jean discussed what to do amongst themselves and took advice from others.

After much careful and sensitive deliberation by the quilting team it was decided not to include the patch in the quilt. A decision not taken lightly.

Instead it proudly sits on the wall of Sara and Rich’s kitchen, as a brilliant conversation starter and chuckle inducer.

Here’s to LB, Ally and all the subversive ones.

Week 5: Quilt Stories #107days

The Justice Quilt emerged out of the wonder of #107days last year, patches were crowdsourced from across the world and lovingly stitched together into the magnificent quilt by Janet Read, Janis Firminger, Margaret Taylor and Jean Draper. You can read about the process of making the quilt here.

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This year as part of #107days Take 2 the quilt has taken up residency at the People’s History Museum in Manchester. It is there until Wednesday, 22 April so you’ve another three days to pop along and view it in this magnificent setting. It continues its travels after Manchester, moving to Lancaster University, more about that in due course.

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This week we will share some of the quilt selfies on this blog and people’s reactions to seeing the quilt. We have some of these from twitter, but we’d love to hear more. Drop us a tweet or a comment on this post of what you felt when you saw the quilt. If you stitched a patch we’d also love to hear from you (whether you’ve seen the quilt of not yet) – why did you get involved, how did you decide on your quilt design, how did you find stitching a patch, what do you think of the final masterpiece?

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These amazing pictures in today’s post were taken by Jack; here’s a few more for you to enjoy:

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