The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America by National Quilting Bee



Recently Michelle Costen, a fellow quilter and blogger, contacted me to let me know about her inspiring quilting project, The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America, “One Nation Coming Together in One Quilt,” by the National Quilting Bee.


The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America by National Quilting Bee



Missouri

Beginner and advanced quilters from across America are sewing 12-1/2″ appliquéd quilt blocks. Some of the blocks are more intricate and advanced while others are just simply beautiful like the dogwood block above. Each quilter from each state is expressing in their own individual way what creative freedom and unity means to them.


The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America by National Quilting Bee



Colorado

Michelle describes The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America as a symbol and example of how we as individuals in a nation among nations, can unite in a creative way for the good of all concerned. No matter what the challenges or the decisions we need to make in life, there is a way in which we can view our freedom as a nation more creatively, constructively and harmoniously. There is a wholesome balance of endless activity that is always present and we can all experience this as we become more actively inspired together. This harmonious balance and or centered feeling is most often found within each individual as they allow their innate self to be expressed and offer that to the Whole. A true sense of Unity clarifies and upholds individuality and a true sense of individuality clarifies and upholds unity, and here we can experience life as a whole and in its completeness, free from strife, conflict, and struggle.


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Wisconsin

To give an example and analogy of how being centered and balanced can help us be more harmonious, Michelle made her state block above to demonstrate that as we are learning how to skate on ice we may fall and hurt ourself a bit in the process but as we keep trying we become more aware of a balance and centered feeling that begins to take precedence. Before you know it, your gliding smoothly and harmoniously across the ice and feeling happy and joyful. Michelle feels that whenever there are two sides to anything, that both sides should strive to move towards the center for the good of all concerned and herein find that harmonious balance that is always present in life. Michelle said, “When we can be centered as a nation among nations of individuals and find that harmonious balance, we then can begin to really understand what a free life in happiness really means.”


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Alaska

Each quilter is sharing a mini bio along with their quilt block in hopes that one day a little history book can be written about the National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America and what it stands for. Here’s an example of a quilt block, Provence, from Cindy Kloster of Alaska:
My block represents the parts of Alaska that I’ve experienced and love. The stars represent the eight stars of gold on the Alaskan Flag. I have early memories of the Northern Lights in the wintertime. The tallest mountain in North America is Denali (McKinley) and it’s in my back yard. Moose are abundant in Alaska. They frequently wander into my back yard and it’s worth the sacrifice of a few shrubs for the joy of seeing them outside my window. I used commercially produced batiks and machine appliquéd the pieces with rough edges. I hand stitched gold filament in the stars. Alaska is wild and pretty rough around the edges…just like my block. Alaska is the largest state in the Union and is strategically positioned between the “lower 48” and Russia. Alaska is one of the most diverse states in the Union with over 200 federally recognized tribes, transplants from every state and many countries from throughout the world. With its natural beauty, Alaska draws many artists who have been able to capture its wilderness in all  forms. People come to Alaska to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife. The bounty of the sea, rivers, lakes, and land supports a subsistence way of life that allows the people of Alaska to thrive harmoniously with the land.
The National Declaration Freedom Quilters are stitching a quilt that claims our freedom, using it constructively in a united creative event for the betterment of not just the quilters, but for all people.

The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America by National Quilting Bee



Iowa


The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America by National Quilting Bee



Kentucky


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Louisiana


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Ohio


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West Virginia


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Wyoming

Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your project with our readers. For more information, visit The National Declaration Freedom Quilt of America website

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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