About a week and a half ago, I attended and presented at a Dollars for Scholar’s award ceremony. For those of you unfamiliar with this program, scholarships are set up, typically by community members, organizations and businesses, which are then awarded to deserving high school seniors in that community. The school both Sue and I graduated from is the Palmyra-Macedon High School in Palmyra, NY. The Dollars for Scholars program there is one of the most successful there is. Our school is not large. The graduating class typically has between 175-200 students. This year, well over $100,000 was awarded. Since inception at our school, $1,528,000 has been awarded to 1,770 students. I think that’s pretty awesome. I was there for two reasons: one, my class (the very fun class of 1976) gives a scholarship for spirit and two, my family awards an art scholarship (The Alderman Art Scholarship) given in memory of my mom, Betty Alderman.
Graduation is a time of quilt giving, don’t you think? My sister-in-law, Nancy Alderman, living in Texas, made a graduation quilt for her nephew in blues and oranges as he heads off to college, a college whose colors are – you guessed it – blue and orange. And where did the fabrics come from? O’Susannah’s! And that got me thinking again and I remembered the quilt my mom made for my daughter, Jessica, when she graduated high school in 1999. I am showing you a couple of pictures here, of that quilt. I think the great thing about these quilts is that they say something. My mom gave Jess several muslin pieces and suggested she give them out to friends to have them sign, then return them to mom to work into a quilt for her to take off to college.
So all this got me thinking (again) about signature quilts, in general. I have a couple of blocks or sets of blocks that have names on them. Since they’re blocks they’re not a quilt but don’t you just want to know more? Who are these women and what was the purpose of these blocks? Who was the quilt going to be made for? What was the occasion?
This last quilt is what I would call a broken fan crazy quilt and each fan has a signature on it. I wish it was mine. But it’s not. Last week I attempted to win it at an online auction but my bid failed miserably.
So tell me, have you ever made a graduation quilt or a signature quilt? Do you have pictures and/or comments you can share? If you send me pictures, I’ll post them here with your comments. We would all love to see what you’ve done. Or, if you have a signature quilt in your collection and are willing to share, send pictures of those, too.
Anxiously waiting for your pictures and comments…..Betsy