After I made Wacky White House Steps (2012), I vowed that I would make presidential election quilts for the rest of my life. I love watching the debates, the conventions, the ads, the interviews - I love all of it. And what better way to witness all this history than to do a little commemorative stitching?
So I proudly announce that today is the official start of my 2016 Presidential Election quilt. I spent the weekend vetting blocks and fabrics. From Barbara Brackman's book, Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns (my go-to source for quilt blocks), I chose #1182: Many Roads To The White House. With several candidates in the race, I thought this was a rather appropriate choice. At first, I was going to name the quilt Many Bumpy Roads To The White House, but I decided to go with High Road To The White House. We could use all use a little more 'high road' in our lives.
I had a jelly roll of Kaffe Fasset's beautiful fabrics so I started there. The fabric itself is such great quality and the color and patterns are really invigorating. But I really don't want the piece to be too loud (we have enough of that in politics, don't we?), so I'm going to tone it down with a range of alternating strips of white to grey to steel to ash - or something like that. You'll see what I'm talking about soon. It's in my plan.
Temperate - that's what I'm going for here. There will be bumps on this campaign road for sure, but let's take the high road, shall we?