Elections are next week. True confessions -- this time of the year I completely turn off the TV (or focus solely on HGTV and the Hallmark channels) to avoid all the political ads. This makes me much happier.
My political promise to you is that views in this post are solely about quilting.
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, Evalineline 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 "political quilt" using both the elephant and the donkey. I redrafted the blocks in EQ (cutting down the number of pieces along with the size of the blocks).
Here are my redrafted blocks.
Here is my finished quilt.
Anybody want to guess at the names of the other block's in this quilt. HINT: They can also be considered political blocks. Feel free to post your thoughts.
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11/1/2014 12:51:34 am
I like it!
11/1/2014 07:28:22 am
Hi Kari, I love your elephant and donkey. What a great way to deal with the craziness that is going on here at election time. My late Dad was a local politician--no party (many years ago) and I can remember him always telling the newspapers that called that he had "no comment." He was certain they would misquote him. He would love this too.
11/1/2014 09:41:10 am
I never received my free pattern. When I went to subscribe, it says I am subscribed.
11/1/2014 11:34:22 am
Hi Dee. I just sent you an e-mail. Please let me know if you have any additional problems.
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