Designed, pieced and quilted by Sue Hickman Berryville, Va 12/2011
A Biblical Truth – Mark 3:25 “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
On June 16, 1858, in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, when nominated to be their candidate for U.S. Senate, delivered a speech to his Illinois Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. Lincoln boldly addressed the challenges of his times and shared that he foresaw a time when these United States would cease to be divided over the issue of slavery. It took a Civil War to bring about his vision for our great nation.
On April 9, 1865, The Civil War was essentially ended when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, and soon our nation was divided no more.
In this quilt, the individual stars represent the re-unification of the blue and the gray, the North and the South, the Union and the Confederate with Court House Steps prominently featured in the center with house blocks anchoring the four corners.
Patterns for these Eight-Point Star blocks were first published in 1897 in the Ladies Art Company, then again as a Two Star Quilt in 1899 in Farm and Home.
This quilt showed at the 2013 Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show, held in Berryville, Va. and also in the 2013 Quilter’s Unlimited 40th Anniversary Quilt Show at Dulles Expo Center.
This quilt has the honor of making a trans-Atlantic journey where it was given to Chloe Rebecca Smith (Member of Britain’s Conservative Party, youngest minister in Parliament, Economic Secretary to the Treasurer) on the occasion of her marriage to Former Parachute Regiment Officer and Financial Consultant, Sandy McFadzean in the fall of 2013.