I am really enjoying the hand quilting on President Obama’s quilt. As I sit and stitch on it, certain thoughts keep popping into my mind. I’m quilting a quilt for the President of the United States! Our group started this quilt when President Obama was elected. We didn’t know if he would be in office for 4 or 8 years, but he was OUR PRESIDENT, and we wanted to make him a quilt. As a child, I remember studying about the U.S. presidents with awe and wonder. Regardless of whether you like his political decisions, he’s our President, and as I was taught when I was little, he deserves our respect. This quilt will be given to him whenever he steps out of office and another President steps in. My husband is even reminding me of the importance of what I’m doing, as he tells me to “put the quilt up” (when I’m done stitching on it for the night) “so you don’t get cat hair on our President’s quilt!”
Over the past few days, here is what has been accomplished:
Sweet Tater Pie by Jean Amundsen of California. This is one of Jean’s favorite blocks from the Jane Stickle quilt, and Jean wanted to include it on the quilt in red, white and blue patriotic colors.
#3 by Linda Boyle from Colorado.
Ashley’s Aura by Andrea Kozoil of Ohio. Andrea found this block to remind her of a compass; “May our President stay true to his direction and convictions.”
Portland Rose by Theresa Wells. Made with roses to represent Portland, Oregon, based on the Jane Stickle pattern Kaye’s Courtyard.
A sad note: Linda Boyle, who made the block in the second picture above, passed away and never got to see the blocks sewn together into the finished quilt top. From friend Linda Starkey, also a contributor to this quilt:
Linda (Boyle) was married to the same man for over 30 years, had 3 children, 2 boys and a little girl who was still born. She did lovely hand piecing and hand quilting, and I just wish I could look over her shoulder and watch once again.
Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was considered to be high risk because breast cancer ran in her family, and following chemo, developed a blood clot in her brain from which she did not recover.
“We belonged to a small group quilting bee of about 15 women. We called her “Linda B” because she was one of 4 Linda’s in our group. We meet at a local library 2 or 3 times a month and generally support one another through illnesses, deaths, and life’s ups and downs. As a group we made a quilt for Linda before she started her chemo treatments and she was very proud and thrilled with that quilt.”
As the blocks for this quilt were collected over a a period of a couple of years, the quilters who participated kept in contact via Yahoo Groups. We got to know each other as much as you can over the Internet. We each had our flaws, weaknesses, strengths, likes and dislikes, but we worked together for a common good. This quilt is not only a celebration of a President, but a celebration of many hands working together from around the world. It is thrilling to see our project in the last stage of its creation!