Suzanne Munroe

by Allison Wilbur on July 26, 2019

Suzanne Munroe, a portrait artist from Rhode Island, chose block # 16. She blogged on her website about her process.

Although my block was titled “preparing food”, I was more drawn to studying the hut, I decided to mimic the strength of the hand made walls –  showing and emphasizing the strength of these women and what they have endured.  Huts also, to me, makes me think of a community, actually In an article titled “Wisdom from an African Hut”, Alan McSmith stated: “In most, if not all indigenous cultures, social gatherings and councils took place in circles around a focal point. Usually a warm fire …Within the hut, families would sit and eat together in the same way, tell stories in their circles – excluding no one. They would sit, eat together. I believe Westerners can learn a lot from this system if they tried it.”  

Being very conscious of keeping the focus on the block and the beautiful embroidery work, I thought duplicating the artists  work – specifically the tree – and adding that to the background would give the piece more interest.  In the above photo I have started to cut out the tree and place in the background. 

Making progress – as I raw edge applique the tree, I cant help but think of the women who fled from the conflict in northern Mali, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in Mali,  and have used their blocks to remember the life they left behind.  I hope my quilt in the end will really showcase my artist’s work.

We can’t wait to see how Suzanne’s quilt comes out. If you want to learn more about Suzanne, visit her website

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