My February journal quilt is a response to 13 February 2008, when the Prime Minister of Australia said sorry to the Stolen Generation. This is a very complex issue that had a great effect on many people and involves many layers of emotion and many interwoven stories.
For this reason, my quilt, Sorry, is made with multiple layers of fabric. I chose the colours of the Aboriginal flag - yellow, red and black. The base cloth is hand-dyed yellow and red fabric. The next layer is painted fusible webbing, fused to the background and covered with a layer of chiffon. The final layer is a pattern made by rubbing gold paintstiks over a wooden block. The binding is black homespun that I stamped with blotches of gold paint. It is hand stitched to create more texture.
I stamped the word 'sorry' with black ink . If you look closely at the top and bottom, you will see black shapes representing women - the mothers who had their children taken from them. For these shapes, I was inspired by Brenda's experiments with paper cut-outs of people.