Did you know that quilter's expressed their political viewpoints through their quilts? I thought I would share with you the story behind two political quilt blocks.
In 1931, Evaline Foland designed this elephant quilt block, named for an elephant in the Swope Park zoo in Kansas City. About a week after the pattern was published by the Kansas City Star, the ladies of the Congregational Church made a GOP elephant out of him.
Many of the Stars readers demanded equal representation. The Star responded with Giddap, a Very Democratic Donkey a pattern that remained very popular throughout the Depression and Franklin D. Roosevelt years.
I decided to make my own historic "political quilt" using a number of political blocks. I redrafted the blocks in EQ (cutting down the number of pieces along with the size of the blocks).
See how I did this in my free Electric Quilt video tutorial.
Here were my "political" blocks.
And the quilt made from the blocks.
Or how about turning the elephant block into a non-political inspirational banner?
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