Peace by Piecing Quilt Guild
From the President’s Pen
By Liz Richardson
July is one of my favorite months. There are three reasons:
1) I’m very patriotic
2) I really like the colors red and blue; and,
3) I was born in Liberty, Texas
To top it all off, my husband was born on Flag Day. It was destiny for me to be a flag-waver. I found this poem on the internet that uses a quilt as a metaphor for the United States. It was written more than 50 years ago but I enjoyed it and I wanted to share it with you for Independence Day.
The quilt that covers all of us, to date,
Has patches numbered 1 to 48,
Five Northern rents, a crooked central seam,
A ragged eastern edge, a way
Of bunching ugily, and a
Perhaps too energetic color scheme.
Though shaken every twenty years, this fine
Old quilt was never beaten on the line.
It took long making. Generations passed
While thread was sought, and calico
And silk were coaxed from Mexico
And France. The biggest squares were added last.
Don’t kick your covers, son. The bed is built
So you can never shake the clinging quilt
That blanketed your birth and tries to keep
Your waking warm, impalpable
As atmosphere. As earth it shall
Be tucked about you through your longest sleep.
By John Updike, published in the New Yorker, 11-16-57, p. 54
Peace by Piecing Quilt Guild is a guild dedicated to promoting appreciation of the art of quilting, while encouraging quilt making of all forms. We are a fellowship of people interested in sharing our passion for the art with a strong desire to contribute to the growth and education of our community and fellow quilters. We propose to be a guild that welcomes the novice as well as the most experienced quilters and we are dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the rich heritage and art of quilting. We will strive to increase the knowledge of traditional and contemporary techniques of quilting and provide an encouraging environment in which quilters of all levels can practice and exchange ideas. We will serve the community through charitable activities.