Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lincoln Memorial



Today is Presidents' Day in the USA and a good opportunity to share this tiny tribute to Abraham Lincoln. My friend Barb made it for my February birthday a couple years ago. Barb’s love of history and collecting Americana has inspired her to make several quilts featuring U.S. presidents.


It's a miniature medallion quilt, about 8"x10", with a portrait of Lincoln in the center. The three frames surrounding Abe couldn't be simpler, but because of Barb's savvy fabric choices, they add richness and texture to the piece.


I wonder if Barb had Ford’s Theatre in mind when she selected fabrics for each border or was it coincidence how closely they resemble the infamous scene of Lincoln’s assassination?


From the rich red carpet and brocade upholstery of the seating...

to the heavy swag draperies of the Presidential Box. 



According to Barb, “It's interesting how much the fabric choices matter in small projects. I tried a gazillion fabrics for this little one.”

Incidentally, there's a connection between Mary Todd Lincoln and our little community of Batavia, Illinois. Ten years after her husband's assassination, she was deemed mentally unstable and committed to Bellevue Place, a rest home and sanitarium just blocks from my house. Her stay was brief, a mere four months, but long enough for Mrs. Lincoln to earn a prominent spot in local lore.

3 comments:

  1. How cool is this little quilt! And something to decorate the holiday with! HUGS... and stitches

    ReplyDelete
  2. So fun to see this little quilt - looks so neat with the little cannon!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I did comment - ha ha
    what a wonderful post Diane.
    It is interesting how much the fabric choices matter in small projects. I tried a gazillion fabrics for this little one.

    ReplyDelete