National Parks Service Centennial Celebration Quilt


This year, the National Park Service is celebrating their 100 year anniversary. As most of you know, I work at Cotton Creek Mill in West Branch, Iowa, which is the home of Herbert Hoover's Library and Museum.  In honor of the centennial celebration, our shop was commissioned by the Herbert Hoover Library and Museum to make a quilt honoring National Parks and National Historic Sites to hang up in the library/museum. We were so honored!! Because there are over 400 national parks and even more national historic sites, there was no way we would could make a quilt block to represent all of them. Can you imagine how huge the quilt would be!? Instead, we narrowed it down to 84 and we made sure every state was represented. Next we got the community involved. We kitted up each block and asked people to make blocks for the quilt. Within a week, they were all gone! So far, we have received over half of them back. =) I can't wait to see them all put together!

Here are the two blocks I made for the quilt.

The one represents Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

I will post updates of the quilt's process as we get it put together. =)

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  1. Wow what a honor!!! Your blocks are just perfect hon, will we get to see the finished quilt?

  2. Those blocks are gorgeous. How fun to get the community involved. I am surprised they did not ask the local guild to do it.

  3. That is so sweet!! Go Amy! and from a SC Transplant.....pretty SC block!!...since i am new here is that park near where the Swamp Fox roamed?...since Marion is named after him?...Inquisitive minds want to know...heehee, truly cool Quilt idea! Congrats!!

  4. This is going to be fun to follow. Can't wait to see the rest of the blocks.

  5. How awesome. This is such a cool idea.

  6. We've been looking forward to the 100th anniversary and enjoying all the upgrades the NPS has been making in preparation for it in the meanwhile! New roads, updated visitor's centers, and lots of improvements --- yip skip! I believe there are actually only 59 official National Parks + lots of National Monuments and other protected areas. Not trying to be a know-it-all, but if you're looking to visit all of them, 59 is a lot more manageable than 400. {grin} We visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Zion, and the Great Sand Dunes in early May. It was a beautiful time of year to wander!


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