Thank You Clara Barton

Jun 15, 2012

My small quilt entry  for the Alliance for American Quilt’s

” Home is Where the Quilt Is” contest.

My quilt title is “ Thank You Clara Barton”

Clara’s home was the warehouse and headquarters for the American Red Cross, which she established in 1881 and served as it’s first president for 23 years. She organized over 18 disaster relief efforts and the relief for the Spanish- American War.

Before that she established a free public school in Bordentown, NJ  The first of it’s kind in the state.

She was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” during the Civil War. After the war, she spent 4 years to identify over 22,000 missing soldiers.

After retiring as president of the American Red Cross, at age 83 – she began to teach first Aid classes and became president of the National First Aid Association.

I used muslin on the quilted house details as Clara was frugal – Her ceilings were constructed of painted over muslin.

She certainly patched many lives together.

Her work was not considered women’s work and never had the right to vote. Clara died in 1912.

I hope that you will visit her home in Glen Echo, Maryland, not far from Washington, DC and learn more about this amazing woman and her unique home.

NOTES from the Alliance:      Please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to become an Alliance member so they can vote for your quilt!! All those who join by June 28 will be eligible to vote. Here is the link to our membership page: http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/support/support.php 

*Our panel of professional judges, Mark Lipinski, Marianne Fons and Paula Nadelstern will choose our Grand Prize winner; member votes determine 1st-3rd place and honorable mention prizes.


Here is the schedule for the "Home" contest, including grand prize judging, member voting, exhibition and auction dates.

Friday, June 15: quilts debut on our website, announcement via social media, website and enews

Monday, June 18: quilt debut announcement via social media, website and enews, member voting begins and Grand Prize Panel begins to review quilts

Friday, June 22: debut exhibition of quilts at the Raleigh Original Sewing & Quilt Expo and QTR event

Friday, June 29: contest quilt (regular round) voting ends at midnight EST

Monday, July 2-6: runoff voting round if necessary

Monday, July 9: contest winners are announced and audio artist's statements debut, press release, enews, social media

July 27-29: quilts exhibited at Maine Quilts

Aug. 22-25: portion of quilts exhibited at AQS Grand Rapids

Sept. 4-6: quilts exhibited at OS&QE Chantilly, VA

Sept. 14-16: quilts exhibited at The City Quilter, Manhattan

Oct. 18-20: quilts exhibited at Georgia Quilt Show

Nov. 8-10: quilts exhibited at OS&QE Minneapolis

Nov. 15-17: portion of quilts exhibited at OS&QE Kansas City

Nov. 12-19: eBay auction week one

Nov. 19-26: eBay auction week two

Nov. 26-Dec. 3: eBay auction week three

Dec. 3-10: eBay auction week four  

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