Grey Matter

"O Say Can You See?"

Valerie Russell

This is the third quilt in a series of five historical quilts that tell a story about our first African American President and the events that take place during his presidency.

We chose a spiral design to represent the unrest between the Democrats and Republicans and their inability to come together on issues such as health care, the economy, and balancing the budget. It took six months to complete. We chose seventeen different shades of red, white, and blue fabric and cut them into 2" rectangular strips. After sewing the strips together in a gradient design, two ends were sewn together to make a tube. We made 4 tubes each representing a different sector of the circle. We used a 10 degree ruler to cut triangles after taking out consecutive seams of the tube cut into 4" smaller tubes. This created the spiral affect. The outer triangular bursts going into the spiral represent the issues facing our nation. We summised the quilt as follows:

What are the threads that one bound this country together? We read the same Bible, pray to the same God, and what we so proudly hail as a great nation has become Gray Matter through political disagreements that separate us into two nations, Democrat and Repulican, within a nation, unders an Almighty God... Gray Matter, O'Say Can You See?