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40 in(102 cm x 102 cm)
"The stuff that dreams are made of" -- this is how Humphrey Bogart's character describes a sought-after black bird statue in the 1941 movie, "The Maltese Falcon." Characters in the movie believe that a jewel-encrusted surface is hidden under the bird's plain black exterior. Like scenes from a dream, my childhood memory of this movie is pieced together with thoughts of the DREAM Act and the "American Dream." The multi-national flags suggest that the dreams of generations of immigrants are set into the American flag, as if they were gems set into a piece of jewelry. Subtle images of the Statue of Liberty are printed on the blue strips that break through the border on the edge of the quilt.
Cotton, vintage corn meal sack, flag cigarette silks (circa 1912)
Machine pieced, hand appliquéd, hand quilted