Sunday, July 2, 2017

8 Days of Red, White and Blue Quilts - day 6

We're celebrating Independence Day with 8 days of red, white and blue quilts! The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope your happiness includes plenty of quilting.
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Siren of Sacket's Harbor by Lorraine Magee and Kathy Magee Querec

The inspiration for this 1812 pictorial quilt was from two pieces of art in the Fenimore Art Museum collection (New York). As explained on Wikipedia, Sacket's Harbor was the chief shipbuilding yard for the United States during the War of 1812 between the United States and the British Empire.  Lorraine and Kathy explain that the ships in their quilt represent the two navies, with sailors leaving the British ship to go to the American one where they thought they would be treated better.

The siren was from a watercolor piece by Mary Ann Wilson, and the other ideas were inspired by a quilt by Hannah Stiles.  The artists' description says, "We tried to make it look like a primitive Folk Art quilt even though it is machine quilted." Exhibited at the 2017 Amador Valley quilt show (California), it was chosen to be sent to various quilt shows across the country as one of the Best of Show.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.


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