Jestrow connects to a larger tradition of American women quilters and feminist practice, using art quilts as powerful tools for economic survival and social resistance. She combines rust from oxidizing nuts, bolts, and screws saved from an old family barn, with plant materials from her kitchen and garden to create a range of lightfast colors. The resulting colors of the “Americana Quilts” reflect the varied flesh tones representative of the American population and our combined histories. Alongside the skin tones are the colors and textures of the American landscape. Various textures are created employing traditional Shibori and tie-dyeing techniques.
Jestrow reimagines and manipulates historical quilt patterns by applying improvisation, creating a free-flowing movement with their geometry. Each quilt incorporates a mix of different cultural traditions. Some of the geometric patterns originate from Native American weavings, Amish quilts, and African American narrative quilt traditions.