A couple of weeks ago I shared a quilt my first scrappy quilt. You can find it here. It was stitched full of memories for my kids, and they wore it out. In my effort to save the quilt I offered each of my 3 kids a new quilt of their own, any pattern they wanted. Since my daughter was living in another state we decided she would be the first to pick a quilt pattern. What a shock it was when she requested a Rebel flag quilt. Just what in the heck is my daughter doing one state away!? I understood what this symbol meant to some people but did she understand? Maybe I was being overly sensitive, but I won't quilt negativity. After some questioning I realized that my little girl had absolutely no idea what this symbol meant. She thought it meant she was a country girl, a tomboy who liked driving big trucks, fishing and living a little bit old fashion. When we discussed its real meaning she said and I quote "Well it may mean that to them but it doesn't mean that to me, that's stupid, it's just a flag." Her ignorance about the symbol satisfied the MOTHER in me and I made the quilt, not just one but two. When her first baby was born she requested a baby size.
A couple years later a young woman at work saw my baby flag quilt and requested one for her newborn. Again I had to ask why she wanted this flag. She too was just a clueless young woman that had no idea the negative meaning that some attach to the symbol. So I made another. Over the years I've had many more requests for this quilt from people who I felt attached negative meaning to the symbol, they didn't get one or any other quilt.
This quilt may offend some of my readers, that's not my intention. If I made a quilt with a skull and cross bones would you think I was a witch mixing up bad potions, casting spells, drinking blood and doing animal sacrifices ? Maybe all those star quilts I've made are Satanic symbols! You see it's all about perception and intention. So please don't leave negative comments. This post was to share older quilts I've made and a little history behind them. My daughter cherishes this quilt because to her it's means she's a country girl just trying to survive in a world gone crazy. She lives a simple life with no cable, no TV black box, no internet, she doesn't even read the newspaper. Totally clueless of the turmoil this symbol has created in the media over the last year. Yes ignorance is bliss, she's living a life that most of us could never imagine.
I'm linking up today with Krista Quilts for Throwback Thursday.
~ Lea Anne ~