Sarah Bond {Podcast Episode # 101}

Quilt shows are a great way to observe quilters “in their natural environment”. We can talk about flying geese, color selection, crinkle texture or burying our threads and suddenly we are speaking the same language. Offhand, I can’t remember who introduced me to Sarah Bond at Quilt Con but I am eternally grateful they did. As happens at large events, we didn’t get a chance to delve into a conversation yet I felt an instant connection to her. Later on, I found her quilt, Release the Geese II, in the show and felt a deeper connection. (Her quilt won third place in the Modern Traditionalist category.)

Living in Philadelphia, Sarah is a quilter, teacher and mother. During our podcast, we talk about the interaction between her quilts and her family’s history, fostering a community through teaching, how her practice has changed since the election, and more.

Notes from the Show:

Sarah’s Instagram Account

Stitched by the Soul, written by Gladys-Marie Fry

Thomas Knauer

Elizabeth Timmons of andpins

Chawne Kimber of completely cauchy

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  1. Wow what an amazing interview!!!!!Sarah Bond doesn’t sleep. I work for a small nonprofit that wanted to make a commemorative quilt for our 20th Anniversary. We had each group of older women make a quilt square using our organization’s colors Black, White and red. Every square was unique but had those colors. Sarah helped us pull together all the squares into a cohesive quilt. I first met Sarah while pining together squares in her home studio. This was at least 10 yrs ago. The quilt now hangs proudly in our office. I look at it almost every work day. Sarah noticed that many of the groups used gold as an accent color in their quilt. She encouraged us to put a gold background behind the squares. It is a magnificent quilt and the women are so proud of it. Back in 1973, I bought my first quilt at a recycled clothing store in Ocean City, NJ. When that quilt fell apart, I attempted making a quilt. It was just a crazy quilt with no theme or color scheme. I loved it though. It even had a section of patches that were made by residents of a psychiatric hospital in NJ! That quilt had a flannel backing, so it was soft and cozy. I used in through my college years until it fell apart.
    I never made another quilt but my sister in law made me a beautiful quilt for my wedding 34 yrs ago!!!!!! It is kind of falling apart from over use but I love it.
    I bought a crazy quilt many years ago in a Thrift store in Phila at least 30 yrs ago….my daughter fell in love with it and I let her take it to college. It is falling apart now too….so sad but these quilts have brought my family so much warmth and comfort. Thank you Sarah for your beautiful quilts!!!!!!

  2. Thank you, Sarah! ….
    From Underground Railroad to Lone Star, and many wonderful, unique ways of uniting fabric and shapes…. You have been a major inspiration to me! Your background story and now your travel diary, all just really make me so glad to say ‘I know you’.
    Thank you, and I always look forward to seeing, hearing, what’s next!!

    1. Thank you Sarah for sharing your quilting life and your history with me.
      A few years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the National Association of Black Storyteller’s
      Festival and Conference, and that year Dr. Gladys Marie Fry was being honored for her research
      in African American textile research history and the stories therein entwined. It was an amazing week and
      an experience I will never forget. Although she has passed on, Dr. Frye is still one of America’s National Treasures.

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