Quilting Naked with Jacquie Gering

by maddie6 on July 30, 2014

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We are Quilting Naked!  No, it is not like casual Friday gone to far and too early. It is more about quilts that stripped us back to our essentials. Quilts that changed us as quilters and as people.

Today I am thrilled to invite Jacquie Gering to share her story.

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Bang, You’re Dead By Jacquie Gering Photo Credit – Gregory Case Photography

You know it’s funny how a quilt can change your life and at the same time make you a better person.  Bang, You’re Dead did that for me.  I rediscovered a passion for children and anti-violence causes. I found the confidence to put out a piece that I knew many folks wouldn’t like.  It made me stronger and able to take the creative risks I wanted to be able to take.  I knew that quilts could speak, but that quilt helped me find my voice and have the guts to use it.

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Photo Credit – Gregory Case Photography

Bang is about my husband’s work with the Chicago Public Schools and the children who are, on a daily basis, affected by the violence in the city.  It is my call for action and for not ignoring the problems of children and families even though we may live in safe places where we are not affected.  It is important to have conversations about guns, about poverty, about mental health and about violence in our society in order to create solutions that will change the lives of children and their families.

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Photo Credit – Gregory Case Photography

 

I chose the gun as the focal point of the quilt because I knew it would be controversial.  I wanted folks to look, to ask questions, to talk about this quilt.  I wanted it to be hard to ignore and I hoped if folks looked closer and read the story, the reason behind the quilt they might be moved to action as I was.

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Thank you Jacquie for sharing your powerful quilt with us. I know that I was riveted the first time I saw it and hope others get to see it for themselves as well.

If there are others of you that would like to Quilt Naked here at BAQS then submit your brief story, and 2-5 photos of your project to  maddie@badassquilterssociety.com. We are looking for all sorts of stories. If the quilt you made changed you let us know about it!

 

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