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


Safety in Numbers

Item Number
Estimated Value
$300 USD
$305 USD to sgdd75b4a
Number of Bids
19  -  Bid History

Item Description

Embroidered cotton, appliqué, dye-painting, and machine quilting

55" Wide x 60" High

Quilter | Edith Gross

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 Edith Gross in Liousiana. As someone who is keenly aware of the African American quilting tradition, Edith welcomed the chance to work on an African block. She entitled her quilt Safety in Numbers because women everywhere are at risk and have to be constantly aware of their surroundings: ?Traveling in numbers provides camaraderie and safety.? This is particularly true in Mali, where travel can be very dangerous for women.

Edith?s quilt is an example of her style, which she describes as "half-way between traditional quilting and art quilting." The story in her block runs from bottom left to top right. The original Malian block is at the center and represents the life and home of the Malian artist. The top right block, made by Edith, shows two women collecting water. At the bottom left is an image of African women making soap.

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

Donated By:

Edith Gross

Edith Gross