This quilt was made for a US House of Representatives Page Program alumna. This is the ten year anniversary of her attendance there during the 109th Congress. That semester’s Pages were on the House Floor for the State of the Union Address, the address in a joint session given by President Victor Yushchenko of Ukraine, the Terri Schiavo hearings, and the MLB steroid abuse testimony.
The US House Page Program was a program in existence for over 200 years. In the recipient’s era, House Pages applied through their US Congressman to attend for one of their junior year semesters of high school; Only 60-70 students were selected each year from across the United States and its territories.
The students lived about a block south of the US Capitol which is probably one of the easiest commutes for a greater DC resident. Academic classes were held in the attic of the Library of Congress.
This quilt was a bit of a challenge mathematically as we only had about 3/5 yard of the DC fabric and 1 yard of the coordinating cherry blossom print, and yet had to make a twin size quilt from these two pieces. Each stone in the grey landscape fabric was quilted individually.
The Fennel is a quilt that sizes nicely on a full-sized double bed. It also works great for a college twin bed that has been lofted with cement blocks or those plastic cup riser things that you can find anywhere that sells dorm supplies in August. The extra width hides whatever the student is storing underneath the bed. Fennels are usually grids of 5 x 5 or 5 x 6. This Fennel was based on a 5 x 6 grid but 3 shirts (column 1 top, column 3 middle, column 5 bottom) had designs that were longer than the grid, so I used mini-designs from the front of shirts, or in some cases the mini-logos from the recipient’s shorts, to balance the grid..
In any case, this Fennel was made for a female high school graduate. She was also was a Gold Award Girl Scout, Governor’s School Student, Girls’ State Delegate, a varsity athlete, officer in several school clubs, and was involved in state and federal politics.
These quilts are like mini-resumes. I learn so much about the recipient based on the provided clothing.