The Survivor Quilt Project:

MY MOTHER'S JOURNEY

ARTIST: Constance Chamberlain

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This quilt square began as I thought about my mother's experience of incest. I first learned of it from her about 20 years ago, but not until 2 years ago did I become convinced that it actually happened.

The process of making the square began as Michelle watched me choose the fabric pieces. I felt embarrassed by her attention and at the same time, comforted, and felt that I was doing important work.

As I worked on the square over the next weeks, I would sometimes think of my mother's history but my mind and feelings usually returned to the process at hand which was meditative, soothing and exciting.

The ocean depicted is full of movement, beauty and joy. The overlapping waves represent secrets and darkness.