On Monday, June 12th, Bib & Tucker Sew-Op will unveil its LOVING QUILT as part of the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the supreme court ruling, Loving Vs. Virginia, which knocked down the ban on interracial marriage. The LOVING QUILT is part of The March Quilts project and Loving Vs. Virginia is the third theme the project has tackled.
More than 100 blocks were made in 11 sewing sessions around Birmingham. Bib & Tucker facilitated sessions at UAB Hospital, Homewood Library, Birmingham's Central Public Library, the Birmingham Museum of Art among others. Come see the work of hundreds of Birmingham citizens - all celebrating love being color blind.
Quilts from all three years of the project will be on view from 9AM to 5PM on Monday, June 12th along the walkway between UAB Hospital's North Pavilion and UAB's Women and Infants Center (2nd floor). This event is free and open to the public.
Birmingham certainly is a small town, but people will tell you that it is bizarre just how interconnected lives seem to be...six degrees of separation usually becomes two to four degrees especially in the case of this Sew-Op customer. Marnie brought a quilt top made by her grandmother to the shop late last summer and as tends to happen with projects that require some thought and care, the top sat by patiently as I searched for a member to quilt it.
Lucky for all of us, "Mama Glo" is a speed demon when it comes to hand-quilting and she took the project on earlier this year. When the quilt was finished and we were admiring her work, Gloria said, "Now Lillis, I think I know this young lady. There aren't that many 'Marnie's in the world. I think I worked with her father some time ago". She went on to tell me all about the family - and indeed, it sounded as though she had become an honorary member of it herself by the time everyone parted ways.
When I wrote to let Marnie know that her quilt was finished, I told her who had quilted it and she replied that YES! She remembered Gloria well! When Marnie and her daughter came to pick up the quilt yesterday, the two caught up on family members and Gloria remembered attending the funeral of the woman who had made the quilt top that she had finished quilting.
All in a day's work, folks! If you come to Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, we just might reconnect you with friends from your past!
Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is a sewing co-op located at the convergence of Woodlawn, Crestwood North and Avondale.