Wednesday, January 16, 2008

STAND FOR SOMETHING

I was happy to receive so many thoughtful responses to the quilt block question in my previous post. I think it is pretty clear that, while we all would like to put that piece of history behind us, it won't go quietly. And really, that is a good thing, because the Holocaust is not something that should ever be forgotten. It has only been sixty years, and already there are those who are trying to deny that it ever happened.

The quilt itself is a lovely thing, and quite innocent. It was created before the Swastika became the symbol of Hitler's Army, a symbol that we associate with hate, violence and evil.

As much as I like the quilt, with its soft faded colors, I don't plan to re-create it. That design now stands for something. And I don't want to make a quilt that will cause anyone to question where I stand on that issue!

I want to stand for something too, and I want it to be something good!

10 comments:

Darlene said...

Well said, Marci!

Francisca said...

Totally agree!!!

Happy greetings!

Lea said...

I totally agree too! I was very moved when I read your post.
:-)

Annemiek said...

Wisely said and good decision!

Yvonne said...

I so agree with you Marcie!

Rebeccah Louise said...

Very sweet, i love it!

Dawn said...

Wonderfully put! I've seen so many antique quilts with that pattern that were made so long before Hitler, but when I see them I just feel so bad for what they make people think of today.

Susan said...

I have to say I don't automatically think of the swastika when I see the quilt block. Nice CTR pic. Do you have the ring? =)

drucillastitches said...

So nice to find your blog! I have been browsing all the wonderful patterns you offer, so nice! I'm fairly new to quilting and love looking at all the blogs. I would like to add you to my friends list. The quilt you pictured, Swastika is so pretty, I love old quilts, especially with pink and pastel colors. Have a great weekend!

Quilting Journey said...

Sorry that I couldn't get in on this discussion sooner! I did an entire post on this symbol on July 23...'What's in a Symbol: The Polarities of Good vs Evil. Hitler, did indeed take a sacred symbol from many cultures and use it for his own. My vote is always that you take back the good, not fear the evil. In any case, your quilt is lovely and should always be treasured for the love that went into making it and the good that comes out of it!