and USA flags
When I thought of the color green, I kept thinking about a little girl named Sea Green who is a member of a Christian refugee family that my husband and I are mentoring. Sea Green is a vibrant 5-year old who reminds me of a sunbeam, spreading love to everyone she meets.
Sea Green’s mother and father were in a refugee camp in Thailand 19 years. Her parents married in the camp and she was born there. Their families came to the camp from Karenni, a poor and isolated state in Burma. Karenni was independent from 700 BCE until it was invaded by the Burmese military in 1948. The Burmese military burned their villages, tortured them, planted their fields with landmines and abducted their children for military service. Sea Green and her parents left one set of grandparents in the camp to come to America 10 months ago.
My quilt is in honor of this family’s transition from a refugee camp in Thailand to America. I used hand-painted and batik fabric to construct the quilt. The ocean at the bottom represents their journey from Thailand to a land of freedom. Flags from both nations – Karenni and the U.S.A. were photo transferred and placed on the trapunto quilted mountaintop. A fabric printed picture of Sea Green’s face stretches over the mountain and water in a sunbeam effect representing her parents' hope for the future. The background is free-motion quilted with tiny circles representing their circuitous struggle to reach freedom.