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...
As Barb says, “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.