Lullaby is a design that I've been playing with for years, ever since I saw that iconic and heartbreaking photograph by Nilüfer Demir of toddler Alan Kurdi's body washed up on a Turkish beach. The plight of refugees has been a focal point for me in recent years. As refugee families began resettling in my hometown, several friends and I started a non-profit to connect them with the community and aid in the resettlement process. In every child I've gotten to know, I see Alan Kurdi. His position in this photograph echoes that of my sleeping babies and my mother heart aches to tuck a warm quilt over him and wish him sweet dreams. This quilt was born of that ache. With cold colors and sharp lines, it speaks of the harshness of his life and death. And yet the quilt is performative as well as visual. The backing is a quilt as well, a traditionally pieced drunkard's path design in baby blues. When one folds or scrunches the blanket, it echoes the act of wrapping this toddler body in warmth and offering.
Lullaby was designed on Adobe Illustrator. The entire quilt is paperpieced. I used fabric from Grunge by Basic Grey for Moda, Kona Cotton solids by Robert Kaufman, Warm & Natural batting, and Aurifil thread.
Life Outside the Studio
Lullaby has exhibited at the 2019 Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace.