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


Grinding Maize

Item Number
Estimated Value
$300 USD
$255 USD to msdf9b441
Number of Bids
14  -  Bid History

Item Description

Embroidered cotton, hand printed fabric, machine quilting

23" Wide x 31" High

Quilter | Karen McCann

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

The block was turned into a quilt by Karen McCann in Rhode Island. Karen was attracted to Sister Artists by the message and was moved when she found her artist in the group photo from Mali: ?Seeing her from half way around the world made it seem much more personal and the world seem smaller. I?ve had her on my mind throughout and can?t imagine what she went through.?

Karen?s quilt seeks to enhance her original Malian block. She began by adding a sun, which she made by wrapping up cardboard and stamping it with the design. She then stitched her sun directly into the muslin. 

Karen used a process known as Gelli plate print to make the surrounding blocks. She then cut two strips from fabric that mimicked aboriginal fabric (so-called because it comes from Australia and carries the shape of boomerangs) and attached these on either side of the central block. She then stamped on the deep blue border.

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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