Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Susan B.

Well, today's blog topic was a no-brainer. It's Susan B. Anthony's 193rd birthday! But, what should I write about. I've written about her here so many times, yet I have barely scratched the surface.Then I realized that I have never talked about the redwork embroidery piece I created a few years ago.

The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS), the official professional association for municipal historians in NY of which I have been a member these last 9+ years, put out a call for quilt blocks related to the towns, cities, counties, et al that make up our great state. I am not a quilter, but, as some of you may know, I am an avid hand embroiderer. So, I decided to create an embroidered quilt block to submit for inclusion in this quilt.

I decided on Susan B. Anthony & Chester Alan Arthur as subjects for this project. I like embroidering portraits. I have a great book called Presidential Redwork: A Stitch in Time by Michael Buckingham that provided the pattern for Arthur. I had to make one for Anthony. I used the image below because of its simplicity & similarity in style to the Arthur pattern.

Susan B. Anthony circa 1868

Next I decided to use an outline of the Town of Greenwich. Once I had all of the pieces, I drew it out on paper, then used a light box to trace the pattern on a piece of unbleached, cotton muslin. Using DMC embroidery floss #347 (a rich red I love), I hand embroidered it using only an outline stitch & cross stitch instead of french knots (which I am terrible at)*.

top and bottom of 12 inch quilt block

I submitted one for the village of Greenwich as well, since there is no village historian at the moment. Unfortunately, I have never heard anything more about this quilt project.

*If you are interested in my other embroidery projects, click here.

UPDATE (June 8, 2013):
I found an image of the quilt top from 2010. My blocks are in it! In the bottom left you can see the redwork block above & the block I embroidered using the village bicentennial logo. I have an e-mail in to see if APHNYS has finished the quilt. Carol Flint, Town of Huron historian is pictured with the quilt.

APHNYS quilt showing Greenwich blocks in bottom left.

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