Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The pen is mightier than the sword



This isn't a post about my work, but about drawing all quilters' attention to a new initiative in France.

Following the tragic events in Paris last week a new initiative has been started there:

For the unspeakable and to remember, Let our needles go,
 Reaction to what happened  these last days, against obscurantism of any form,

 but also for girls to go to school everywhere in the world …

 let us sew, embroider, quilt a pencil on each  work this year !

Merci de faire passer le message ! Thank you for getting this message out !
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photo from 
 crayonandpencil.wordpress.com
Explications en cours de rédaction !
Dimensions : 80 cm x70 cm environ
(copied from  crayonandpencil.wordpress.com)

There is a collection of French sewers' and knitters' responses here. (Go to her archive and choose "Nous sommes Charlie" / "We Charlie")

The Nifty Quilter has already started; you can see her example here. I intend to follow their example, but don't have a quilting project on the go just yet.

Will you join us in adding a pencil, the symbol of free speech to each quilting project this year?

Katell has added the following additional information:
One pencil may be put on the front or on the back on any quilt made in 2015, it is a reminder of this threat against our liberties. It is also hope.



I'm linking up to:

Let's be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation

The links are in my right-hand side bar so go and see what others are sharing today.


Greetings to all

Marly.

8 comments:

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you so much for bringing this project to our attention, Marly!

Maartje Quilt said...

Thanks for sharing.
Je suis Charlie: quilting

Quilteuse Forever said...

Thank you so much to spread the news Marly. One pencil may be put on the front or on the back on any quilt made in 2015, it is a reminder of this threat against our liberties. It is also hope.
Katell, France

Ruth said...

A pencil is a great symbol for the importance of learning as it allows making a mistake, erasing, starting over and doing something different as well as symbolising the written word and the dangers of censorship. Thanks for sharing this idea!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What a wonderful project!

Vera said...

Interesting idea. I was thinking about making something with pencil as well.

Lisa J. said...

Thanks for sharing this Marly. This is the first I've heard of it.

Magpie Sue said...

Here it is in February and this is the first I've learned of this initiative as well. I will definitely keep this in mind as I work this year.