I finished another Foreclosure quilt this week of a neighborhood in Modesto, CA.
|Modesto Foreclosure Quilt, 2011. Cotton and cotton voile with kantha stitching. 12" x 36"|
I felt the need to do a lot of kantha stitching on this piece and wasn't sure why at first. Something about this stitching reminds me of plantings in farm fields. There are a lot of farms surrounding Modesto and I suspect this neighborhood was once farmland. So perhaps it's fitting to show it this way.
|Modesto Foreclosure Quilt block detail, 2011.|
The city has one of the highest foreclosure rates in California. There is even an entire neighborhood that was under construction that was just abandoned mid construction. The remaining residents feel helpless with half-built houses sitting across the street.
|Modesto Foreclosure Quilt lot detail, 2011.|
It's hard to think that these cities will somehow survive and hopefully rebuild. My next piece though, based on a neighborhood in Cleveland, will show that it can be done if the neighbors and city work together.