Art Quilt Elements
AQE 2022 Artist

Kelly Spell


They Died While He Lied

Cotton Fabric, Cotton Thread and Polyester Batting

69” x 69″


I designed this quilt on Nov. 4, 2020, to process my feelings about the election results in the United States. It’s inspired by historic graveyard quilts, created by families mourning the deaths of loved ones.
During the two months it took to complete this quilt, more than 77,000 people died of Covid 19 in the U.S. Meanwhile, the outgoing president spewed hate, spread misinformation, and stoked conspiracy theories. They died while he lied, and so I will bear witness.