Created by Kathleen Wheaton, Fairport, New York
Title: Portraits of 100
Theme: ….immediate admission to all the rights and privileges (Women’s Rights National Historic Park Exhibit Theme) (Equality)
Materials: Rubber stamped portraits in sepia toned ink on small cotton squares which were joined together for the center block. Words were free motion stitched on the first border, in an imitation of chalkboard printing. (Not all women of that time received an educatin that included the fancy script that the Declaration was written in.) Outer border consists of stars and stripes – symbolic of our nations flag and the freedoms it represents. The whole quilt was assembled, machine quilted, and bound.
About: A few of the 100 signers of the Declaration of Sentiments, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass are quite well known, and history can tell us much about the livs of these courageous pioneers. But very little else besides a name is known about the remaining signers. They began a journey that ended more than 70 years later when women were finally given the right to vote in 1920, and only one of these signers was still alive!
A good number of years ago I was also asked to participate at one of the induction ceremonies at the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. We were displaying historic arts (quilting, weaving, etc.) and though women of a modern age, we still kept these traditional arts alive. It was fun and memorable, and I have a fondness for the area. Fortunately I living within easy driving distance! So I was thrilled once again to offer my quilting to this exhibit.