A Quilt by LYNN MILLER
This quilt, which I have entitled “Resilience,” was created to honor the Bahá’ís of Iran, who are daily faced with the struggle of practicing their faith in an antagonistic environment. Their plight is one of confinement and subjugation. Yet, they are resilient in the face of this repression and continue to serve the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh. From the outside of this prison, the rest of world joins hands in prayer for their release and freedoms.
To express this in cotton and thread, I chose the nine-pointed Bahá’í star to represent those faithful and courageous ones. The star is wrapped in the prayers of the world, framed, as it were, in a multi-colored fabric. Although there is a maze of criss-crossed bars surrounding the star, rays of stitching shine out from the center as well as reach into that center.
Prayers for understanding and compassion, traveling both inward and outward, give light to those who are living under these punishing circumstances.
Artist Statement: Throughout my forty years of quilting, I’ve loved to create my own designs from traditional quilt patterns, and, recently, I have become fascinated by art quilts and modern quilts with their nod to combinations of fabrics, textures and decorative stitches. I also enjoy bringing life to an antique quilt or stack of quilt blocks found in someone’s attic. The most rewarding part in any quilting venture is collaboration with another quilter on our treasured work.
Bio: I come from a family of quilters. Grandmothers, aunts, moms, daughters, and even granddaughters and grandsons — all have loved the creativity and excitement of quilting. Since retiring from teaching primary school, I have been participating more and more in guild meetings, quilt shows, and workshops. Over the past ten years, I have completed quilts for Quilts of Valor and for our local quilt club’s service, Comfort Quilts. I have donated quilts to the Linus Project and to local charities. In 2018, I entered the Quilt for Change/Water is Life challenge. It was my first such entry and a great honor to have had my quilt chosen for this magnificent project. The exhibit was shown in Belgium, Italy, and in six cities of the United States. Since then, I have looked to the Bahá’í Writings for inspiration for my quilting projects and often worked with quotations in the creation of the work.