Quilts & Votes.

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Pictorial Quilt with American Flag, unknown maker, Ohio, cottons, c. 1930. 64" x 75". Collection of Bill Volckening, Portland, Oregon. Image: Wikipedia. (Hi, Bill!)
Pictorial quilt with American flag. (64” x 75”) by unknown maker. Ohio, c. 1930. Collection of Bill Volckening — hi, Bill! Image: Wikipedia.


PaperGirl readers are, without exception, dignified and conscientious citizens. (You’re also light on your feet, good-humored, photogenic, possessing of a sleek pelt, and excellent in an emergency.) So it doesn’t need to be said, but just in case:

Will you please take a moment and figure out where and when you’ll vote on Tuesday? If you’ve voted already, great! If not, let’s do it together (in spirit) on Tuesday! I ask you as a friend and fellow American to really make sure you get to the booth on Tuesday. I plan to go first thing in the morning and get that great “I Voted!” sticker they give out. How cool are those??

One thought:

I have made and awarded several Quilts of Valor. Quilts of Valor are quilts awarded to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen who have been touched by war. Giving a quilt to a veteran is powerful. The gift of your time, the gift of the quilt says, “I care about you. Thank you.”

That’s what voting is, too.

When you vote, you’re saying thank you to all veterans across our country’s history as well as to the current members of the U.S. armed forces. They need us like we need them.

Vote on Tuesday. You matter.

13 Responses

  1. Colleen
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    Yes mame

  2. Thea Jordan
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    Thank you so much for encouraging us to vote WITHOUT trying to tell us which way we should vote!!

  3. Carol
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    Very well said!

  4. Suzy Williams
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    What a sweet little reminder. I’ve never thought to connect quilts and voting, but you’ve done it beautifully. (Voting after work at the school down the street.) xo

  5. MrsB
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    I say that if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

  6. Nina
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    Oregon has mail in ballots which makes it so easy to vote, which my husband and I have done. I love this system. And, I made my first quilt of valor last year. It was a very moving experience. I used a pattern you and your Mother featured on you show. I was very inspired watching the sow, thank you.

  7. Cathy
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    Great reminder! I am in California. My husband votes absentee every election but I agree with you. I love the voting booth experience and the sticker. I vote early morning before any results are announced.
    My lqg is awarding some quilts of valor this week. I have not seen past ceremonies but I have been told that they are not to be missed. Very moving. Bring tissue.

  8. Neame
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    Done already, but thanks for the reminder. Loving your thoughty blog.

  9. Tracy
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    Love your blog! Voted already but love your encouragment. It is a privilege we should all exercise! Thank you!

  10. Susan
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    I love the thought that a vote is a thank-you to veterans. I voted!

  11. Rhonda H.
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    Tomorrow, I’ll be voting at the local high school near my house. While standing in line I’ll be remembering all the elections I made my kids go with me to the poll. A little tear will roll down my cheek because this year, the kids get to take themselves and vote in their first major election. That little tear will be born of a little nostalgia and a lot of pride…. for the first time the whole family gets to wear the “I Voted” sticker!!

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