The Long Walk Is Over

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Top By: Walwyn, Sheila
Quilted By: Walwyn, Sheila
Period: 2000-2025
Date: 2014
Location Made: Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
Project Name: Michigan State University Museum Collection
Contributor: Michigan State University Museum, Quilts and Human Rights, South Africa Quilt History Project (SAQHP)
ID Number: 15.0192
Layout Format: Nontraditional or art
Quilt Size: 29" x 29 1/4"
Fabrics: Cotton
Colors: Blue, Gold, Red
Construction: Machine Piecing, Machine Applique, Embroidery
Quilting Techniques: Machine quilting
Purpose or Function: Art or personal expression, Commemorative
Description: Sheila Walwyn
The Long Walk is Over
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa | Cottons; free-motion appliqued, machine pieced, embroidered and quilted

With the passing in 2013 of such a great South African icon and the feeling of huge loss and sadness that the entire country experienced, this opportunity to create something in his memory came at just the right time.

For the design of this quilt, I was inspired by a song written by a friend of mine, Don Clarke, and Kalla Bremer, whose song "The Long Walk is Over" was the grand prize winner in the Great American Song Contest this year ( The song popped up on my Facebook page at exactly the time that I was trying to think of a theme/design for my entry, so I figure that was serendipitous. Don kindly gave me permission to use the images and words in any way I chose.
Related Items/Publications: "Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela," exhibit catalog, Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn Mazloomi, Michigan State University Museum, 2014, page 98.
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