ADVOCACY PROJECT – Advocacy Project Online Auction
Auction Ends: Jun 28, 2020 11:59 PM EDT


May You Pass the Night in Peace

Item Number
Estimated Value
$300 USD
$750 USD to bf0d36ad4
Number of Bids
19  -  Bid History

Item Description

Mixed fabric quilt, with metallic threads, beads, and cork fabric

24 Wide x 29 High

Quilter | Cathey Labonte

This block was embroidered by a survivor of gender-based violence (GBV) in the African Country of Mali. It describes life in her village before she was attacked and expelled during conflict.

The block was made into a quilt in 2019 by Cathey Labonte in Connecticutt. Cathey's block carried the single image of a camel, which left her with a virtually blank slate. She built a night sky around her camel, full of stars to convey tranquility and peace: ?I thought about my Malian artist and what she had gone through. I wanted my design to give her a sense of calm.? The distinctive title of Cathey?s quilt is a translation of the Bambara (Malian dialect) words ?Ala ka su here dama.? 

Cathey describes her creative process as a lot of experimenting on her design wall: ?I pin stuff on, stand back, take pictures, move things around, take more pictures and so on.? The actual stitching took about a week. Cathey added a number of features including beads, metallic threads, batik from Indonesia, African fabric and even cork fabric (made from tree bark) to get her design absolutely perfect.

All proceeds from this auction will be invested in a quilting project for GBV survivors in Mali. To donate visit our home page -

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Cathey Labonte

Cathey Labonte