Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Add your own stitches to the quilt!

As part of the Journey to the White House story quilt, Dr. Gaither is inviting members of the public to take part in the creation of the quilt by adding their own stitches. The public is invited to take part in two quilting sessions before the work goes on display at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Prior quilting and sewing experience are not required. Both events are free of charge. Participants will be invited to share their experiences in a guest book at the event or to post them to the Quilting the Journey to the White House blog. Dates and times are listed below.

Quilting Program Locations

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
2:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
1101 Smithville St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Saturday, January 17, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

For more information, please contact Genevieve Kaplan, Administrator of Education at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Ms. Kaplan can be reached by telephone at 410.216.6186 or by email at


jyeshier said...

i added believe to the quilt.

jyeshier said...

i added believe to the quilt.

Anonymous said...

Obama is our new president. I added a skull and crossbones at the center bottom of the quilt to show that it is no more just black or white. I added the word unity in big letters at the top of the skull.
Midtown Academy 5th grader.

Chloe said...

Dear Dr. Gaither,
I added an orange flower at the bottom on the left side. I try to sew every day at home but I do not usually suceed. Today I tried to sew many things but I also only did a couple of beads that say, "Barack Rocks," and,"Obama '08." I'd say, 5 or 4 days ago,I tried embroidering a heart with "Obamarama" placd on it.
I t did not turn out that good.

January 13, 2008, Chloe Wright 3rd grade

Anonymous said...

Dear Sister Joan,
If you want to start to work on a sure nuff great quilt - quit your day job. This takes all of your attention and your emoional connections. It's worth it. You feel really good when sewing on the quilt. I do. This quilt is right on time - like who knew? This is different from other quilt that I've seen in my life and I have worked on a many a quilt.
You are an inspiation to me and so many more in the community. I love you for who you are and for what you do. I'm so pleased to help add stitches, to bind the quilt together, and laugh and joke as we sew. Your mother enjoys it too. You know how she gets with her perfection and attention to details. LOve You, Kathy your "bestest" sister

Carol Benson said...

I added to the quilt on Wednesday, January 14th at the Bates Legacy Center with my colleague, Aleithea Williams. I enjoyed meeting Dr. Gaither, Betty and Ted Mack and Isabel Shipley Cunningham, what a treat! And seeing our friends Vince Leggett and Gen Kaplan. I found it very soothing, almost mesmerizing, to sit and stitch on a quilt with others doing the same. A taste of what an old-fashioned quilting bee might have been like! Thank you for the opportunity to add my own stitches to this very remarkable quilt. I look forward to seeing it on display at the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

Tony Bridges said...

Dr. Gaither, Geneveive Kaplan, and the Bannker Douglass Museum did a great job with this exhibit!!! The quilt gives everyone an opportunity to "stitch" their piece of history for all to see. Watching the diversity of stitchers (in age, gender, and ethnicity) at the table in the museum was inspiring and shows just how far America has come and where we are going as a truly "United State." Thank you Dr. Gaither for the experience...I may have to track you down to really learn how to stitch now!!!