I told you I'd seen some fun Barack Obama-inspired free-pieced letter quilts. I really have. First off is this wonderful quilt by Julie Suchomel who gave me permission to show you this photo of her and her quilt in front of the capitol building:
Bonnie Hunter visited Julie's guild on the 5th of November and really inspired her. When she and her husband decided to go to the presidential inauguration she thought of using the letters to make a quilt to commemorate the event.
Julie explains: "I knew I wanted red, white and blue and it had to have 44 stars. There are 42 4" and 6" stars on the front and 2 8" ones on the back. All but a tiny bit of cream fabric is from my stash.... The red used for the date has dog paw prints in it in honor of the future first dog. The OBAMA letters are 6" and the rest are 4". "
Julie took the quilt to DC to get signatures, first at the Washington Historical Society at a quilt exhibition called Quilts for Obama: Celebrating the Inauguration of our 44th President, then at the "We are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial, and at the inauguration itself. She has a special spot - the center of the O in Obama - reserved for the first family. She's going to send a photo, letter, and fabric to the White House. Fingers crossed they sign it for her!
Julie, thanks for letting me share this amazing quilt and I hope I paraphrased accurately.
SoScrappy made a fun Yes We Can quilt and I have to admit I really like the backwards a - it gives the quilt a great folk art look without being cute.
Hedgehog made a quilt for Change with lots of wonderful plaids.
Bumble Beans celebrated the inauguration with this bold, graphic quilt.
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Kristin made a fun quilt with a flag and Obama's name.
Nancy Near Philadelphia has a friend who did a great job with a really scrappy quilt.
I hope you enjoyed these quilts. If you know of any others using the free-pieced letters, please do let me know!