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Monday, October 5, 2009

Photos From USAF Museum

Okay!! Here are my DH (on the right) and DD in front of the 20' x 20' quilt plus I've added one close-up photo of a few of the quilt squares.

This was truly a jaw-dropper to gaze at ...

Judy in Ohio

The Largest Group Quilt That I Have Ever Seen

P.S. I'm adding a P.S. at the top of this post because the Google Bulletin Board will not let me add my photos this morning. I'll come back later and hope the "Add Photo" feature works.

Last week my DH, DD and I went to the USAF museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. My DH served in the Air Force in the early 1970s and our daughter was born on an Air Force base so we were all ready for a trip through history ... and we were awestruck by the huge 20' x 20' quilt that greeted us shortly after we walked through the door! (My daughter is a quilt maker who makes only baby quilts.)

Here's what the museum's website has to say about the construction of this quilt which was created in honor of the United States Air Force's 50th anniversary:

In January 1997, the 50th Anniversary Office received approval for the creation of a special anniversary commemorative quilt. Production of the project was funded through the Air Force Services sponsorship, and all 85 Air Force installations worldwide responded to participate in the project. Guidelines were established to ensure size, material and color were standard in each square. Dependents, volunteers and various individuals associated with the Air Force assisted in making the squares. Contests were held in some locations for the design and theme of the squares. A "Grand Quilting Bee" was held in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1997, where quilting students and volunteers could contribute the final touches of the quilt.

This distinctive quilt, "Fabric of the Air Force," was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United States Air Force. It contains 100 hand-made squares from virtually every Air Force installation throughout the world. Each installation provided a 16-by-16-inch custom-made square reflecting its mission (click here to download a key). The quilt center features a 36-inch Air Force seal and is surrounded by seals representing each major Air Force command. The four corners of the quilt are dedicated to installations that have closed in the continental United States, Asian Theater, European Theater and other worldwide installations. The top border is embroidered with the Air Force core values and flanked by the 50th anniversary logo of stars and wings. Measuring 20-by-20-feet, the quilt contains more than 180 yards of Air Force blue material. Thread used to join the squares together was flown aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on its Sept. 22, 1997, mission.

Final assembly of parts and pieces took more than three months to complete. The hand-embroidered lettering took more than 500 hours. After its unveiling on Dec. 5, 1997, "Fabric of the Air Force" was placed on display at the Pentagon before its transfer to the National Museum of the United States Air Force."

Judy in Ohio