An Arc Bending Towards Justice
As we come to a close with this Block-of-the-Week, we've had 48 blocks celebrating victories and considering despair. Block 49 reminds us that the quilt may be finished but the fight for women's rights is not.
Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968
When worrying about injustice, I try to think of a statement from Martin Luther King, Jr. "The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice." King was paraphrasing minister Theodore Parker in an earlier but related fight for justice.
Theodore Parker 1810-1860
Parker, an abolitionist, said, "I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice."
Theodore Parker lecturing in New York
A drawing in the London Illustrated News, 1856. The audience, segregated by gender, seems to react differently to Parker's words. He spoke in favor of women's rights and abolition.
An Arc Bending Towards Justice by Becky Brown
The Arc Bending Towards Justice is a comforting thought whatever the fight. My image of an arc is close to this variation on a fan block.
It's BlockBase #3302.5 with several names, among them Mohawk Trail from the Nancy Cabot quilt column in the Chicago Tribune in 1933. Maybe a starry sky behind the arc could represent the moral universe.
Cutting an 8" Block
Again this week it's all templates with two sizes, 8" & 12".
Print the templates out 8-1/2" x 11"
To make the pattern fit the printer page you have to assemble Template B.
For B in the 8" block cut an 8-1/2" square of fabric and fold it diagonally. Place the line on the fold and cut.
For B in the 12" block cut a 12-1/2" square, fold diagonally, place the template and cut.
First piece 3 A slices together
See last week's instructions on how to pin these curves
You could also applique the fan to an 8-1/2" or 12-1/2" background.
Read the original sermon by Theodore Parker at Google Books and notice that the copy they scanned has a marginal mark. Parker's optimism has inspired many people.
Click on the book to read The Collected Works of Theodore Parker: Sermons. Prayers
If you visit the Oval Office at the White House you may notice Dr. King's quote about the arc woven into the carpet's border along with several other mottoes.
The above paragraph was written when Justice inspired the White House during the Obama era. Now, not so much.