Photo, Print, Drawing 1992 1st Place National Winner Title of Quilt: Proud to be an American
About this Item
- 1992 1st Place National Winner
- Other Title
- Title of Quilt: Proud to be an American
- Contributor Names
- Webb, Marianne P. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Roswell, Georgia, May, 1991 - August, 1991
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - quilt piecing
- - quilt tops
- - aesthetics
- - batting (textiles)
- - applique quilts
- - hand quilting
- - machine quilting
- - cotton fabrics
- - writing on quilts
- - Photographs
- - United States -- Georgia -- Roswell
- - The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
- - Quilt size: 75" x 85"
- - This quilt is an original pattern.
- - How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "Because this was to be an 'Americana' quilt, I chose fabrics with stars and stripes. I always work with 100% cotton fabrics. I wanted an 'old' feel to the quilt so I chose muted colors. During the gulf war, my daughter, Sara, encouraged me to make a quilt to show support for our troops. I did not have a plan when I began the quilt. I had seen a photo of an antique Americana quilt in a book and that quilt had stars around the border. I was intrigued by that, so I went ahead an made the border first, not knowing what I would put in the middle. Of course, it hadto have the 13 stripes and the field of blue, but I was lost as to what I wanted to do next. I attended a local quilt show and a quilter had made an eagle wall hanging from a stained glass pattern. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to put an eagle on my quilt. Once the eagle was completed, I decided the quilt needed to have 50 stars. There are 26 stars around the border, so I appliqued another 24 in the field of blue. I thought I was finished but was not satisfied because the quilt felt "flat." Sara and I were driving in the car when the Lee Greenwood song "God Bless the USA" came on the radio. We looked at each other and both said "That has to go on the quilt!" I wrote the song out on graph paper, then taped it to the back of the white stripes and traced it on to the fabric with a permanent marker."
- - Quiltmaker's motivation: This quilt was made "during Desert Storm - Gulf War, to show support for our troops."
- - How long have you been making quilts? "Began quilting in 1986. This was the 2nd bed size quilt I made." / How did you learn to quilt? "Took a class at a local quilt shop."
- - What was your primary reason for entering the Lands' End contest? Do you frequently enter your quilts in competition? "A friend saw the advertisement for the quilt contest and urged me to enter. I had never entered a contest before. I quilt for personal satisfaction, not recognition or money."
- - Has being a winner in the Land's End contest made a difference in your life? Has it changed the way you look at your work as a quilt maker? "After the contest, I received many many cards and letters from women whose husbands and sons served in the Gulf War. Most wanted the pattern, which I could not give them since Lands' End now owned the rights. I sold the quilt for $10,000 and made another identical quilt which hangs in my home."
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- 35mm color slide
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1997/011: Folder 8932 P1
- Source Collection
- Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
- American Folklife Center
- Online Format
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Webb, Marianne P. 1992 1st Place National Winner. Georgia Roswell United States, 1992. Roswell, Georgia, May, - August. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000422/. (Accessed May 25, 2017.)
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Webb, M. P. (1992) 1992 1st Place National Winner. Georgia Roswell United States, 1992. Roswell, Georgia, May, - August. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000422/.
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Webb, Marianne P. 1992 1st Place National Winner. Roswell, Georgia, May, - August. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000422/>.