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Sequoia Barnes

Patchwork People: Introducing Quilting and Quilting Bees

Valence Library

21 September 2021

This workshop will focus on introducing quilting, the importance of quilting bees, and how to start your own quilting bee. Quilting bees are a continuous gathering of people in a community who want to make quilts together and have been around since the nineteenth century. Quilting has been an important community building tool and an impactful creative practice especially among people of color, queer people, and women.

Workshop Plan

The first part of this workshop will be a talk about the history and impact of quilting in marginalized communities as well as examples of quilting used as an artistic practice.

The second part of this workshop will be a chance to learn how to start a quilt by making your own quilt block or patchwork square to add to your future quilt.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 21 September between 4.30-6.30pm at Valence Library.

If you wish to attend the workshop, please email Sequoia - sequoiabarnes@gmail.com

Patchwork People at Home

As a continuation of the Patchwork People workshop, this template is a square pattern with instructions to help you either cut your quilt block or construct your patchwork square. This activity is for anyone who wants to explore the creative use of textiles and different types of materials to make their own quilt block or patchwork. You are encouraged to include things found around your homes, repurposing found, old, and/or broken things. Hopefully, you will be encouraged to turn your quilt block or patchwork square into a full quilt, or come together as a quilting bee and combine your squares into a community quilt.

Valence Library
Becontree Avenue

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Sequoia's Barnes is a textile artist with mixed practices that include installation, assemblage, and performance. It is predominately centered around making processes, rituals, and modes of fashioning. Trained in semiotics, she deploys research through praxis often in her scholarly and artistic explorations of black diasporic symbolisms, storytelling as performance, and positioning the creative process as a performance/ritual. Her most recent work is a quilt/shrine devoted to communicating with ancestors.