Yemaya’s Quilt 1998

Making Art for the Spirit

Yemaya’s Quilt


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Mixed Media:
paper, cloth, thread, acrylic paint, pastel, pen, quilt batting.
8 1/2″ X 10″, © 1998
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Front view, above
Back view, below


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Yemaya’s Quilt

for the protection of children

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I made Yemaya’s quilt design to fulfill an “ebo” prescribed by Ifa divination that called for a gift and prayer for the protection of children. I wrote my prayer on pieces of paper that were enfolded in the quilt when I made the offering to Yemaya, Mother Goddess of the Ocean.
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The quilt top is decorated with a blue and white turtle swimming in waves of red, gold and green. A layer of quilt batting and the quilt back—a piece of muslin, are secured with red stitches. As I was sewing, words came through:
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Home made
Hand made
Baby quilt
soft flannel
satin and fabric paint
warm cozy
protection
deep sleep
safe
snug
peaceful
for the child
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Sewing love and sweetness
into every patch, every piece
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Children’s Bill of Rights* quilt
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Warm heart, home heart
painting love and protection
snuggly safety
into every section

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*The Children’s Bill of Rights

from The Tap Roots Visions Box series.
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This image includes the text of The Children’s Bill of Rights for an Ecological Age, written by Pat Monahan (based on Thomas Berry’s Our Children, Our Future).
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Mixed Media: photocopies, satin and collage on Arches Cover, 12 inches square, © 1997


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Making Art for the Spirit, The Intersections of Feminist Sacred & Creative Practice
Part V—1998 Down the Waterfall, Through the Fire; fire of the hearth—heart and womb heart (August 1998), p. 268-269
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