“Better than you, since 1902”

Posted: September 3, 2015 in Business of Art, Crafts
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I made a tee shirt quilt.

It was a commission, for which I charged a flat hourly rate.

I didn’t consider it art.

A grandmother was having it made for her granddaughter, a sorority girl.

All of the tee shirts were Greek — “good times” radiated from the fabric..

My own memories flooded back to me.

The year was 1966.

I was recruited to a sorority by a kind, studious girl from my hometown.

At first I was glad to belong.

But the next year a beautiful Black girl tested the waters and wanted to pledge.

The chapter was interested, at first.

But National intervened.

I protested to my president.

She said there was nothing she could do.

I must meet with a National Representative.

I made the appointment. I prepared myself.

I thought I could change things.

My arguments were sound.

Times were changing, the Black girl was perfect.

I was a member in good standing. Didn’t my opinion count?

No, it did not.

I said “I resign.”

She said, you can’t. You pledged for life.

I did?

You can become inactive.

I did so. But that was lame.

I felt dirty. Ashamed.

That sorority pin stayed in the bottom of my drawer for years.

Until I finally threw it out.

Detail of Tee Shirt Quilt.

Detail of Tee Shirt Quilt.

  1. Janet Hosokawa says:

    Pretty amazing detail on that quilt! Your old pal, Janet Hosokawa

    Liked by 1 person

  2. grammiejudi@aol.com says:

    Did you sign up with Judi Frankel for the art quilt Bee? Not sure how many have signed up or when or where we will meet e.t.c. Cheers Judi

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Genie Geer says:

    A touching story, good for you! I can relate, since I lived a similar story in 1968.


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