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Did you have trouble with hanging chads on your ballot?
Bored with Gore? Tired of Beating Around the Bush? Don't
get mad about it. Quilt about it. With the historical
outcome of this Presidential Election hanging on by a
thread we decided to have a little fun.
Before women had the right to vote they expressed their political
sentiments in quilts. Some traditional quilt blocks used
in many quilts of the 1800s are the Whig Rose, Clay's
Choice, Fifty-Four Forty or Fight, Whig's Defeat and
Presidential Rose. The Women's Christian Temperance
Union fought for temperance in alcohol, women's rights
and child labor laws. A popular pattern used to express
their cause was the Drunkard's Path.
This year women across the country expressed their sentiments
about the Presidential election by helping us make a
quilt. 12 1/2" (raw edge) quilt blocks using a
favorite sewing technique were submitted by Feb 12,
2001. After the hand recounts are complete, we are planning on
combining all the blocks into a quilt that we will
exhibit around the country at quilt shows.
Easier than punching a hole in a ballot, right!