Monday, February 11, 2013

Abraham Lincoln

Excerpt from "A Blessing of Women," by Stanley Kunitz in his National Book Award-winning PASSING THROUGH, The Later Poems New and Selected.

"BLESS MRS. AUSTIN ERNEST of Paris, Illinois, whose husband, a local politician of no other fame, organized in 1853 a rally for the Presidential candidate of the new Republican party, following which she gathered the material used to decorate the stand wherefrom the immortal Lincoln spoke and, with scissors and needle and reverential heart, transformed it into a quilted patchwork  treasure."

In her work, shown last year by Lori at Humble Quilts, Susan Macduff shares Mrs. Ernest's recognition of Lincoln as a quilt-worthy subject.

Abe Lincoln quilt by Susan Macduff from Humble Quilts blog.

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