Poster by Bertha Margaret Boye
A national celebration of the Centennial would be ideal but those in charge do not seem interested in celebrating women's right to vote. States and local organizations had many events scheduled before the pandemic but parades and other public events are on cautionary hold.
You might want to celebrate the anniversary yourself with a quilt or a scrap of fabric in a quilt you are working on this year.
Here's a celebratory grid that you could print out on pre-treated fabric cut 8-1/2 x 11 inches.
One Way to Print:
Create a word file or a new empty JPG file that is 8-1/2" x 11".
Click on the image above.
Right click on it and save it to your file.
Print that file out 8-1/2" x 11" on pre-treated fabric.
The grid with dots is drawn from a shirting print done in 1876 for
the Centennial anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
The document print
I also designed three other Suffrage Centennial Prints you can buy at Spoonflower. They'll print them to order.
Document print for the eagle fabric
I picked two winners based on their good ideas for an August 26th celebration.
Maxine said:I will contact every eligible (of age) female member of my family to make sure they are registered to vote in the November election. I will make sure they vote either by mail or in person.
She also made a suffrage garden in her front yards with "flowers in yellow, purple, and white. I put signs up and people have been coming by to see the garden, read the signs, and take photos."
See the links for all four fabrics on Spoonflower (I'm working on a fifth):
The shirting grid:
I am still working on the scale on this---They'll probably print a larger grid.
A traditional eagle
A more contemporary look --- or feedsack flashback
And some of my favorite comments:
As part of my DAR Chapter, a few of us entered the fiber arts contest that was centered on the anniversary of women’s suffrage giving us the right to vote. Our quilt top wall hanging (3x4 12 inch blocks) won 3rd place in our district. For ongoing activities, I am sharing via facebook any information I find regarding the anniversary of women securing the right to vote. I am also advocating for all people to get out and vote when they have the opportunity. I’ve also sent my niece, who is now sewing on her own, information on quilting in general and fabric in the suffrage colors to make something to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our right to vote.
August 26 would be the 80th birthday of my husband. There was no greater champion of women's rights. He taught for forty years at a women's college, one of the few strictly for women's education left in the US. He supported and nourished the growth of his students. Many of those students spoke or posted on Facebook of the contribution he made to their education. Celebrating the day would underwrite his commitment. If you're born on the 26th of August you are ordained to support women's rights.
I think I will get my granddaughters together and we will have a party and read your blog again and Mor information on this special day. I will take my sewing machine and we will make a simple quilt.
I think I'll publish a blog post on my family history blog with the names and ages of the women in my family who were eligible to vote in 1920. A search of local newspapers of the time wouldn't go amiss, either. Too bad I can't find voting rosters for the places where they lived in 1920.
My mother-in-law, Carrie Frances, who was born in 1909 and who died when she was 105 years old, remembered and passed down, not just the family silver, but the 1920 election story she remembered from the year when her mother got the right to vote. We will be celebrating the day by setting the table with the good china and the family silver, the silver her mother won by betting against her husband on the outcome of the election in 1920, the very first year women could vote for President. Warren G. Harding won by a landslide, and Annie got her silver. We will also display a quilt Annie made. My mother-in-law went in person to vote every year for her entire life, right up until she was 105 years old.
That’s our first day of school so I guess I’m celebrating by teaching the next generation of women voters.