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Archive for Saturday, April 26, 2008

Politics sewn into work for quilt show

Barbara Brackman, a member of the Kaw Valley Quilter's Guild, created two fabrics - one with the image of Barack Obama, the other with Hillary Clinton - that will be auctioned off as part of the guild's show that runs this weekend.

Barbara Brackman, a member of the Kaw Valley Quilter's Guild, created two fabrics - one with the image of Barack Obama, the other with Hillary Clinton - that will be auctioned off as part of the guild's show that runs this weekend.

April 26, 2008

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When Barbara Brackman wanted to make her own statement on the Democratic presidential race, she turned to the medium she feels most comfortable with - quilting. Brackman, a member of the Kaw Valley Quilter's Guild, created two fabrics - one with the image of Barack Obama, the other with Hillary Clinton - that will be auctioned off as part of the guild's show that runs this weekend. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. Admission is $3. Brackman, who says quilts featuring political subjects go back decades, created the Clinton quilt to have the female candidate surrounded by portraits of the founding fathers. "I am a Democrat," Brackman says. "I decided I would support Hillary for two reasons - I've always been impressed with her health and education policies, and it's a chance to vote for a woman - a viable woman candidate. I made the Obama fabric to make my Obama-supporting friends happy." The Obama quilt is based on a print from the Centennial in 1876 that commemorated George Washington and peace. "I thought Obama, peace and G.W. made a good trio," she says.

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