Sister Artists is an alliance between women embroiderers in West Africa and quilt artists in the United States. The women are survivors of sexual violence and conflict in northern Mali and have found refuge and assistance through The Advocacy Project. The embroidery training they receive provides them a source of income.

American artists were invited to select an embroidered panel and create an art quilt. The quilts will be exhibited and auctioned later this year. Half of the proceeds from each quilt sale will go directly to the Malian embroiderer and the other half to the Malian refuge, Sini Sanuman, so that more women can be helped.

To learn more about the Sister Artists program, visit The Advocacy Project and its partner organization, Quilt for Change. Please consider supporting this cause and participate in the online auction.

Sister Artists in Mali

Sister Artists in Mali

— August 29, 2019 —

My completed art quilt was wrapped and shipped off today. This was my sole project all summer long. Because my approach is improvisational, the process tends to be slow — especially so during summer with family plans and kids at home. I look forward to seeing all the completed quilts for the Sister Artists initiative. This is such a worthy cause, I hope the upcoming online auction is a great success.

I no longer buy fabric. I find plenty on the free tables at various guild meetings I attend. And in the materials I come across I sense real life stories — lots of scraps, of course, plenty of yardages as well, partially completed projects, new materials and tattered ones, too. Recycling is an important component of my art practice and I love knowing what I take from these free tables don’t end up in our landfills. As a result, For My Sisters art quilt is wonderfully scrappy. All fabrics were found including a red linen curtain used for binding and backing. The outer border of African batiks was repurposed from an abandoned project.

Of the found fabrics were a few cut squares of US patriotic prints with blue and white stars. I added a red heart (yes, cut from a found fabric) as a message of love, hope and friendship from folks in USA to the survivors in Mali.


For My Sisters


Machine pieced, hand quilted, hand appliqued, hand sewn binding and beading

Found fabric, sashiko thread, machine thread, beads, batting

42.5h x 44w inches