Thank you. The "We the People" quilt was finished and photographed on September 6, 2002!

The quilt was on display at the Pacific International Quilt Festival XI -- October 17-20, 2002.

America is not exactly a melting pot, it is like a colorful quilt of different people.

We the People quilt
We The People quilt and Face block Copyright © 2001 Christine Thresh

This project was started in early October, 2001. After 9-11, I heard people say, "I don't care if he/she is black, yellow, white or green -- we are all in this together." This project gave us the opportunity to put that sentiment into cloth. Notices were posted on the world wide web and soon quilters from all over the U.S.A. (and even New Zealand) signed up to contribute Face blocks. Creative, imaginative blocks began arriving in late October. The quilt represents the diversity of Americans. Scroll down the page to see close-ups of all the faces.

The completed quilt will be displayed at several public places and then sold or auctioned to raise money for help with any ongoing needs stemming from the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
The finished quilt is 54-inches by 56-inches. The 28 "Face" blocks are the stars in this quilt. The red and white bands represent the American flag's stripes.

The first two Face blocks arrived today -- October 22. They are so neat.

Faces 1 graphicLinda Conner's block is made from a beautiful blue and white bamboo fabric with glints of silver. Carol Bramble's fabric has musical notes and instruments. She said her block was for "all the wonderful musicians in our country. How would we lift our spirits without a song? God Bless America, The National Anthem, Jesus Loves Me, Amazing Grace. Jazz, Soul, Gospel, Sacred, Classical all have a place in our lives!"

October 24 -- Three more Face blocks came in today!

Three more Face blocksJudi Fibush's block is obviously a flag-waving American. Chris Deering's corn cob fabric block could represent a Chicago commodity trader or an Illinois corn farmer. Kasey Wilson sent a Face block made from cotton boll fabric. She said the cotton industry is very important in Georgia. (The cotton industry is very important to quilters, too)

Two more Face blocks arrived today -- October 25.

Afghan and Air Force WifeChristine's block is an Afghan-American Face, made from a fabric print of a crocheted afghan. Ellie Rissell sent in a lovely Air Force blue Face. Ellie is a retired Air Force wife of 28 years. She said "We the people will keep on keeping on."

October 27 -- One Face block arrived to brighten today.

Quilters' FaceLinda Dennison's Face is one we all can relate to. Her fabric has miniature quilts, fabric, quilters' faces, and little signs saying "Sew Fun" and "I Brake for Quilt Shops." There are supposed to be 19,500,000 quilters in the U.S., so her block represents a lot of people. Thanks Linda.

Four Face blocks arrived today -- October 29.

Working, Artist, Dutch, Mardi Gras FacesMary Ann Abner's Face block is made in a spectacular peacock feather print with gold lettering saying "Mardi Gras." Mary Ann said "The Mardi Gras fabric reminded me of New Orleans. What a diverse place!" Leah Malasky's block honors working people -- perhaps our heroes who are cleaning up "ground zero" in New York City. The print has backhoes, bulldozers, tow trucks, tankers, police cars and more. The fiber artist block by Sandy Harris is made from her own hand painted fabric which she calls "salt spray." Sandy said it reminds her of rain spattered windows in her Pacific Northwest home. Barbara Rugiel's Delft print is for Dutch-Americans. Barbara said, "I'm English, Irish and German, but I couldn't find a German shepherd eating a scone and doing a jig, so I went with Delft."

One cute Face block arrived Wednesday, October 31, and another great one came in Thursday, November 1.

Loose marbles and HawaiiPat Gearhart's Loose Marbles Face block rolled out of an envelope Wednesday. Pat said "I tried to find fabric with loose screws, but the marbles will do. It represents 'ding-y' people -- a large crowd which has more fun than uptight people." Lei Pomerinke's Hawaiian Print Face brightened the mail Thursday. The lovely Hibiscus flowers were carefully positioned to add extra charm. Lei said the block was for "Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart." She signed her note "Me Kealoha (with Love)."

November 5 -- Look what I found in my mailbox today.

Thread spools, baseballsLeanna Spanner chose a fabric with spools of thread for her Threads Face. She said the spools represent her "love of quilting and the threads that bind us all together." The next Face, Baseball, came in from Judy Mahfood with a special card telling of her family's involvement with the game for the past 12 years. Her son played ball since he was six and Judy attended every game and kept statistics and scrapbooks. Judy said now that her son is away at school (playing baseball) she has some time for quilting.

A Marine landed Friday, November 9 and on November 10 a New Zealand Fern arrived.

Semper Fi and NZ FernDarlene Torsell's Semper Fidelis Face block landed in my post office box Friday. Darlene said she wanted her block "to honor all of the men and women in our Armed Forces, both active and reservists, who are doing their best to protect our country." Darlene's husband, a police officer, is a former Marine, and she has a son and nephew in the Marine Corps, a niece in the Air Force and a nephew in the Army. The USMC emblem (eagle, globe and anchor) is front and center on her block. A new surprise awaited me on Saturday -- Denise Albert's Fern Face came all the way from New Zealand. Denise said the fern is the symbol of New Zealand and her face block represents Americans living overseas as she does. She said she was so glad to participate in the We the People quilt.

November 17 -- A Farmer Face block arrived today.

Farmer FaceDebra Van Dorp's Farmer Face block is made from fabric with blue, yellow, and green tractors on a barn-red stripe background. Debra said her block "represents the farmers who keep this country fed. They work hard and are not always appreciated."

Cats tiptoed in today -- November 19.

Farmer Face"Since we share our planet with other species, I chose a fabric of cats, both large and small" said Ruth Bechtold. Her cute Face block will stand for all of us who love cats or have QIs (quilt inspectors of the feline variety). Ruth said she looks forward to seeing our finished quilt posted on the internet.

November 29 -- Shelley's Irish Face block arrived.

Irish FaceShelley Rodger's Irish Face block smiled at me today. Shelley has made two contributions to our We the People quilt -- she tested the first version of the block pattern and made suggestions for improving it. Then, she made her real block which will go in the quilt. Thank you twice, Shelley.

A South Pacific American showed up Friday.

So Pacific FaceSusan Druding's South Pacific American Face arrived on November 30. The unusual fabric is dark blue, rust, light blue, beige and black. Susan is the "mother" of About.Com's quilting forum where the We the People quilt project was first introduced.

A Canadian American will grace our quilt. He/she arrived December 17.

Canadian American FaceDorothy Anguish of Vermont joined our group just recently. She volunteered to make a block when some of our quilters dropped out. She really worked fast! I hope you can see the maple leaf motif in Dorothy's cheerful red fabric.

An All-American Face arrived today -- December 29.

All-American FaceThis All-American came from Lavonne Staley of Indiana. She just signed up to make a Face for our quilt when I "met" her recently on About Com's Quilting Forum. Lavonne put aside her Christmas projects and went right to work to turn out a sparkling Face (her fabric has glints of silver).

A Matzah Face has joined the group.

Matzah FaceThe 27th Face appeared today. The fabric is a print of an actual piece of matzah (unleavened bread).

Rescue Face here to rescue our quilt -- January 11, 2002

Now we have all 28 Faces and quilting can begin!

Rescue Face
Carol Bramble sent in one of the first two faces (see the Music Face at the top), and now she has sent us a terrific face to finish up our quilt. Her Rescue Face is made from a Dalmatian print. She said "we primarily think of firemen, but I intend it to stand for all service people: emergency workers, law enforcement, clergy, utility workers -- all so vital to our everyday lives."

The patch on the Rescue Face's forehead is from Brett Hill of the South Pasadena Fire Department. He and his fellow firefighters organized the 9-11 Patch Project for fire departments and EMS agencies all over the U.S. The patch says "September 11, 2001 -- We will never forget. You can write to him at


March 19, 2002 -- Here is the quilt top in the frame ready for basting at Judi Fibush's house.
This was a milestone day.
in the frame left
Don't all the Faces look great together? Each one is special in some way. Judi and I had such fun admiring them and talking about them. Her cat, Sandy, inspected the quilt top and gave it her okay, too. It is wonderful that Judi is going to hand quilt our project. She had the marvelous idea of quilting gold stars between the faces. This was her idea -- I never would have thought of it. The quilts displayed around Judi's house are inspirational. She is a very talented lady.
April 9, 2002 -- Judi finished her quilting work..
Gold starsJudi quilting
Judi worked fast. I hope you can see the gold stars in metallic thread she placed between the Faces. They just sparkle. I picked up the quilt today. All I could say when I saw it at Judi's house was "Oh, oh, oh Judi!" What a splendid job she did quilting our lovely project.

Now, I still have some finishing to do -- quilting in the noses, quilting the red writing, quilting some background stars, binding, putting on the irises, making a label, and putting on a hanging sleeve. I'll let you know when it's done.

You can't see the writing on the red strips, but it is printed on the fabric in dark red. The words say "American is not exactly a melting pot ... We the People ... are more like a colorful quilt."

Eyes (irises) were added to the faces when the quilt was completed.

eyeEyes: Here is a picture of a Face block with an iris in place.

Backing and Binding: I found a marvelous backing fabric for the quilt. It has gold stars on blue, similar to our Face backgrounds. And, I bought a lovely gold fabric with metallic printing for the quilt binding.

Star fabric for backingGold fabric for binding

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Created: 10/8/01 Updated: 3/12/2005