Kim didn’t share too much of her story with me, but she came to NY to escape an abusive relationship. She told me that she was “tired of fighting for her home and her safety.” Her journey to New York (and in the shelter system) is one of healing. Although she is still struggling to start a new life, she is working as a host for a restaurant and hopes to finish her degree and find a new beginning in this new city.
To show her journey, I chose a distressed looking black fabric and cut holes in it. I then placed red fabric behind the holes. As the piece moves from left to right, the holes get smaller and less frequent as she heals. The quilting pattern also reflects this move from chaos to order. The free motion machine quilting transitions from harsh random lines to a grid pattern as the piece moves from the left to the right. The quilting pattern (as seen on the back of the quilt) is shown below.