‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ – Margaret Mead
She did not receive justice.
Those she was speaking to may not have listened.
But she still spoke – and her voice carried farther than she could have ever imagined.
It carried into the hearts of women just like her, and gave them courage to speak. It carried into the minds of parents, trying to teach their sons and daughters how to navigate a messy world . It carried into work environments that desperately needed a change. Her voice was amplified on the national stage and her voice was carried home to those close to her.
She spoke – and I listened.
Now it’s my turn to speak – to tell her she’s not alone. To tell her there is hope. To tell her justice is not the only validation and her voice can still do great things. May she, whoever she is to you, be a beacon of truth and hope for a better future.
She spoke up. She spoke true. And she was heard.
She Spoke is a quilt designed in collaboration with my friend Becky Hoss (@beckyjoquilts) to benefit Men Can Stop Rape, an organization dedicated to preventing violence against women by giving men a vital role to play in supporting equality, building healthy relationships, and demonstrating healthy masculine attitudes and behaviors. Read more about their mission and core values at www.mencanstoprape.org, or at the bottom of this post.
This is such a special quilt – not only because of the inspiration and mission behind it’s design, but also because we sewed it together. It’s not really the finish-in-a-day type of quilt…but we did! She turbo sewed while I snipped and trimmed and did iron curls all day long. I was legit sore afterward, guys. But it was a fun day, especially when we added her two littles and giant St. Bernard to the mix!
I managed to keep pressing blocks with a three year old clutched to my ankle. I don’t know how parents do it.
Through the charity block drive and quilt auction prior to the pattern release, we raised nearly $1000 for MCSR! 20% of the pattern sales will continue to be donated always. Supporting charities that combat rape and domestic violence are not feel-good causes, nor are they easy conversations to have. There is no cure to find if only organization had enough funding – it’s only through sweeping culture change can progress be made. The She Spoke quilt is not only about financially supporting a charity committed to culture change, but primarily let all the Shes that spoke to know we hear you, we believe you, and we support you. May her story prevent another, and may all our sons and daughters grow up in a safer world.
Love, Rebecca and Becky
Pieced by: Rebecca Pedela and Becky Hoss
Quilted by: Abby Latimer of Latimer Lane Quilting
Fabrics: Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Completed: February 2018