The idea of the quilt came to light in 2009 when our board first began discussing ideas about the upcoming City of Redmond's centennial celebrations. With some quilting experience and a lot of sewing experience, Naomi thought this would be a a great fundraiser for the Historical Society.
Her original idea was to gather 100 squares in honor of the 100 year celebration. She had a lot of interested people but the squares came in very slowly. We moved the deadline several times in hopes that more squares would appear. Her dream of 100 squares slowly diminished and she realized a new design had to be created to incorporate the 20 squares she did have.
She researched the many quilt patterns available and came to the conclusion that the Log Cabin design would be a perfect design, considering a lot of original buildings and homesteads in Redmond were log cabins.
The quilt was finally completed in March 2011, and will be raffled off in January 2012. Over forty volunteer hours have lovingly been put into the construction of this quilt. Completed size is 76" X 90."
People who worked on the quilt are listed below:
Quilt designer and Seamstress: Joanne Westlund
Machine Quilting: Sharon Blake
Individual Squares: Doris Schaible (7), Alexa Munoz (4), Judy Lang (2), and one each from Sandy Marney-Butler, Sally Marney, Jean Marston, Kelsey Morgan, Dorothy Stevens, Jean Swanson, Joanne Westlund with art work by Pat Dugan.
Help with fabric selection and color coordination: Emilynn Eichman, Calico Country, Lynden, WA.
Below is a description of each of the squares
Top Row, Square 1-Redmond's First City Hall, Anderson Park, designed by Doris Schaible
Top Row, Square 2- Represents potatoes grown on the Aries Farm, designed by Judy Lang
Top Row, Square 3-Redmond's First School Bell, designed by Doris Schaible
Top Row, Square 4-Native Sword Ferns. Native Americans used the leaves for preparing food, bedding, basket lining, and covers. The spores were used as medicine for burns, cuts or stings. Designed by Alexa Munoz
2nd Row, Square 1-William Perrigo Family Home, designed by Sally Marney-Butler, great-granddaughter of William Perrigo
2nd Row, Square 2-Redmond Pioneers, Joseph and Helen (Woodin) Keller, designed by Doris Schaible
2nd Row, Square 3-Artwork by Pat Dugan, Bicycle Capitol of the Northwest, designed by Joanne Westlund
2nd Row, Square 4-AJ McSparran Farmhouse, in memory of Clara (McSparran) Hammersberg, designed by Dorothy (McSparran) Stevens
3rd Row, Square 1-Willowmoor Windmill, designed by Doris Schaible
3rd Row, Square 2-Past mayor of Redmond, Christine Himes Family Homestead, designed by Kelsey Morgan
3rd Row, Square 3-Redmond's First Schoolhouse, 1875, designed by Doris Schaible
3rd Row, Square 4-Strawberry Kaleidoscope. Strawberries grew naturally on Education Hill and when ripe, Native Americans who scouted the area, would sound a bell that could be heard downtown, over 3 miles away. Designed by Alexa Munoz
4th Row, Square 1-Redmond Library Statue, designed by Jean Marston
4th Row, Square 2-Wiley's Livery Feed and Sale Stable, designed by Doris Schaible
4th Row, Square 3-Garry Oak Used by Native American's, designed by Alexa Munoz
4th Row, Square 4- Herbert and Esther Swanson Home, designed by Doris Schaible
5th Row, Square 1-Native American Cabin and Canoe, designed by Doris Schaible
5th Row, Square 2-Teepee of the Nokomis Club, designed by Alexa Munoz
5th Row, Square 3-Lettuce Design, representing produce grown on the Aries Farm, designed by Judy Lang
5th Row, Square 4-Perrigo Park Sign, designed by Sally Marney.