Stitching Ancestry: A Sew Black Live episode with Sarah Bond and e bond

  • Introduction to this episode. 0:09
    • Welcome to the official podcast of Black Women Stitch, the sewing group, where Black Lives matter.
    • Thanks to underwriters Spoonflower, Moda, and Bernina
    • This is a “very special episode” because this episode is Sew Black at Quiltcon.
  • Watch word of the day. 3:21
    • Sarah has been collaborating with dead women from her family for the last 30 years, and now she gets to collaborate with an actual live bond thanks to her collaboration with her cousin, e bond
  • Bringing the two different ways of thinking about conversation visually and not always in terms of sound to the Word of Mouth quilt.
  • Working with Lavinia. 7:25
    • Lavinia was her great-great-grandmother 
    • Three quilts from Lavinia are on display.
    • Lavinia was born enslaved in 1858 and lived a difficult life. She was making this to express something that she needed to express.
    • The audacity of a woman born to slavery.
  • Black Aliveness. 10:39
    • In an antiBlack world, Blackness is demanded of Black people. In a Black world, being is all that is required.
    • Lavinia Unbound quilt.
  • What do you see in this piece? 12:33
    • Sarah is now part of the collections. She will always pick a quilt that is from either Anna or Lavinia that they then remake in the fabric as part of inspiration. She gets to name it.
    • In e bond’s first collection, Glyphs, the fabric designed to represent the genius scifi author Octavia Butler, reflects the balance between data and barbed wire.
  • Jane was born in 1828. 15:19
    • This quilt was made by Jane, who was born in 1828, and is a white glove situation to prevent oils from hands from touching the quilt.
    • Jane had two sons by Preston.
  • The moment when it suddenly occurred to me. 17:26
    • She was there for 18 years before he took advantage of her. She had other children that she was not able to keep.
    • She made quilts together with her sister.
  • How did the quilt get its name? 21:30
    • The quilt is a basket quilt in red, blue and white, in red and blue, and white. It is in the 1870s and was popular at that time.
    • It was a popular quilt pattern that was popular in that time, and some of the reds and blues faded out.
  • Thank you to our sponsors and audience. 24:52
    • The podcast is a live show at Quiltcon. They are grateful to their sponsors, their audience, and to e bond and Sarah Bond for bringing an inexplicably powerful reminder of who and what Black women are capable of.
    • If you'd like to support the Stitch Please podcast financially, you can do that by supporting them on Patreon.

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Lisa is a fourth-generation sewing enthusiast who learned to sew while earning a PhD in African American literature and culture. She has been sewing for more than twenty years while also teaching, researching, and publishing in Black American literature and culture.