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From the Stars
28"W X 21"L



Sherry Boram
Pendleton, IN

Artist's Statement: This quilt expresses for me the meaning of E Pluribus Unum. FROM THE STARS refers to the original colonies from which our nation began and the countless stars in the heavens that surround our planet.

Hand painted by the artist, stamped, hand and machine quilted, bead and paper embellished.

Kathryn Leinbach Brown
Winston-Salem, NC

The multitude of stars represents the mass of immigrants that make up the United States of America. From there the 13 colonies are represented by the 13 red stripes, then going into 1 nation with the eagle over looking us all. The red, white and blue threads that are couched on pull all of the different people and cultures together.

Materials/Techniques- 100% cotton and cotton lame fabrics. Reverse Appliqué, free motion quilted. Couched threads.

“E Pluribus Unum”- Out of Many, One
17" x 12"


Written in Stone
39"W X 33"L


Jane Butler
Hillsboro, VA

Artist's Statement: I made this quilt because the Pentagon is very special to us in Northern Virginia and I was so impressed every time I read in the Washington Post about the outpouring of support from local businesses and citizens to help rescue workers and contractors dealing with the disaster. I was in nearby Alexandria when the plane hit the Pentagon and could see the smoke. My husband and I drove home between the Pentagon and National Airport. Pilots, passengers and other workers were streaming across the highway to get away from the airport in anticipation of another attack. We felt very lucky to get home safely.

The Washington Post was filled every day for a long time with full-page stories about all the people who brought cases of drinking water; set up food serving facilities; contributed flashlights, tools, heavy equipment and anything else the rescuers asked for. The building contractor had been on site renovating that section of the Pentagon for some time, installing terrorist-resistant components and otherwise improving the building to meet current needs. The improved structure survived the impact better than it might have before. The contractor and his workers vowed to rebuild the damaged area within one year, and they met their own challenge, working around the clock.

Karen E Cote
Webster, NY

Artist's Statement: Growing up as a non-Irish child in an all-Irish neighborhood, parish and school, I was often excluded because of my nationality. I saw all of us as American - after all, we were all born here, as were our parents - I couldn't understand why I was singled out. Now, looking back from the adult perspective, it's abundantly clear - but then, despite red hair, green eyes and freckles, it was made plain to me by the other children that I didn't belong.

To make this quilt, I engaged my own children in conversation -what did E Pluribus Unum mean? They could rattle off the English translation, but I made them think further, and it was through their exploration that we came up with a list of words that mean "Many", drawn from as many languages
(nationalities) as we could find using an internet search. We know there are many more that we didn't find, but even this many was enough to open my children's eyes to the fact that there is more than one way to say something, and more than one meaning for "From Many, One".

The quilt is created from fabric silk-screened (by my sons and I) with some of the different words we found, and the alignment of letters that allowed us to form the word "One" is painted with metallic paint and foiled. The colors are deliberate - blue background, white lettering and red 'one' are the colors of the United States, in which we are proud to live. From the many of us, comes this one quilt :)

A World of Words
15” W X 14”L


The Stranger
40” W X 36” L


Abigail Eliot
Rockford, IL

Artist's Statement: Out of many one. Is the stranger our unknown self? Is the stranger out side of our selves, or a reflection of the inner one?

Once we know ourselves and create peace, then can peace occur with those out side of our selves.

Ann Flaherty
Sanford, NC

Materials: Cotton, yarns, beads

Technique: photo-transfer, fusible appliqué, machine pieced, machine embroidery, machine quilted, hand beaded
Artist's Statement: They were adventurers and refugees, merchants and slaves. They were conquerors and the conquered, men of God and women of the world. All with one hope, one dream: a free and prosperous life for their children, and their children’s children.
Joel is an American by birth. His ancestors came from sixteen countries, with an even wider variety of cultures and religion. All had one hope, one dream: that Joel and his children would live free and prosperous lives.

Made in the USA
30" W X 34-1/2" H

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Net of Souls I: Out Of Many, One
34.5" w x 24" h

Christy Johnston
Houston, TX

Materials: cotton, various yarns, beads (lots and lots of beads), cotton batting
Technique: machine quilted, hand beaded
Artist's Statement: Each of us holds a spark of life. It is our spirit, our soul, and burns in all of us. Like the stars in the heavens, the sparks burn in different shapes, colors, and intensities, and when woven together, they make something beautiful.

Peg Keeney
Harbor Springs, MI

Materials: Hand dyed and commercial fabrics, rayon, silk and cotton threads, textile paint and chalk with cotton batting
Technique: raw edged appliquéd figures and background
Artist's Statement: As a response to this challenge, I met with some middle school students and brain stormed the idea of how to depict the idea that we are a nation of many different peoples, with different backgrounds, different cultures and different traditions, who come together in belief of democracy and the rights of individuals. The song “From the Mountains to …….” kept going though my head. So I cut the mountains, valleys and the sea and appliquéd them to the backing. Next I made added figures of children of different ethnic backgrounds holding hands and dancing at the edge of the sea. As is often the case children best express this “oneness”, before they are taught “difference and distrust.” As a people we need to remember the “child” in each of us and reach out to our neighbors.

From the Mountains to the Valleys -
From Sea to Shining Sea
40" x 40"


Diversity = Strength
Approximately 16" x 15"

Becky Kelly
Kingsburg, CA

Materials: Watercolor pencil on Muslin. Various beads, buttons and shells are attached around the edges.

Artist's Statement: This piece is my attempt at showing that it is our diverse cultures that give this great country of ours its strength.

Kathy Lichtendahl
Clark, WY

Artist's Statement: As a naturalized citizen if the United States, the theme of "E Pluribus Unum" holds particular significance for me. Perhaps that is why the design for this piece seemed to come together with much less effort than normal. Each part of the quilt has some significance: the curved, colored "arms" represent various unique cultures; the black and white border stands for barriers to movement and diversity, and the multicolored center star represents a diverse community. Viewers will see that the "arms" go both over and under the outer border and that each arm, although consistent in color, is made up of numerous fabrics, each with its own particular characteristics. Many of my quilts have poems I have written on the back and this one is no exception. The words read:

"One single color does not a rainbow make,
Nor one lone shade of skin tone a diverse world create;
How drab would be the meadow, if but one wildflower bloomed,
How sad and lonely hearts would beat if each new soul, presumed.


One Single Color (Does Not a Rainbow Make)
36" Diameter

Can We Piece It All Together?
20” W X 20” L

Penny Mateer
Pittsburgh, PA

Artist's Statement: I am disturbed by our tendency in today's society to grow more fragmented, to fear diversity instead of embracing it, and to champion self-interest, protectionism, and conformity. We must acknowledge our responsibilities to one another, and to the world and we must bear witness to the consequences of our actions. E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many One.

Carol Mesimer

Artist Statement: I was thinking about this challenge for a long time. I'm not that close to the people in my community, since I work in another county from where I live. One thing I could think of that was a steady community for me are my friends online. No matter where we move to, our computers still link us together. Several years ago I participated in a block swap. This quilt is the result of the blocks I got back in that swap. I recently finished putting these blocks together into a quilt. It gives me a warm feeling looking at all my friends gathered into one place.




A Community of Friends
38.5” W x 47.5”L


E Pluribus Unum
35" x 35"


Ann Louise Mullard-Pugh
Las Vegas, NV

Artist's Statement: One from many...all searching for Peace. But Peace is cannot be imposed by one person or country; Peace does not happen in isolation. Peace does not demand that we all be the same, but rather that we respect our differences and celebrate with each other, sharing the joy and sorrow that each culture brings to the table. It is a do we fit all the different shaped pieces together to make a beautiful and peaceful from many.

Marti Plager
Louisville, KY

Materials: Commercial and artist dyed cottons, cotton batting.
Technique: Machine pieced and machine quilted.
Artist's Statement: Using my "fractured" block approach, this quilt is part of a series expressing the idea that all the races of the earth, black and white, red and yellow, can live together in harmony and still celebrate our diversity and individuality. In "People #2" each color and line is distinct just as people are and yet the colors meld together in harmonic rhythm. Each block represents a geographic location, distinct and yet only a component of the planet earth.



And the People Shall Color the Earth #2
36” W X 22” L


Karst Politics
32" x 34"

Barbara Pozek
Kimberling City, MO

Materials: Cotton fabrics, various yarns and fibers and fusible fibers.
Techniques: Curved piecing, couched twisted fibers and free motion quilting.
Artist's Statement: America has the reputation in the world as being a green land of opportunity. When we look below the surface, we see it is made up of layers of hopes and dreams for a new life. Accumulated over time it creates the rock our nation is built upon.
Abrupt political changes and slower social changes shape the nation in positive and negative ways. Despite the changes, Americans remain linked together in a changing landscape of our own making.


Meena Schaldenbrand
Plymouth, MI

The Statue of Liberty wears a cloak of the Pledge of Allegiance to one country, and has many strong and diverse roots from all over the world. Her torch emphasizes, United We Stand.
Her arms and face are made of wire mesh.
Her crown is made of a red, white and blue metal pop can.


One Allegiance, Many Roots
20" x 24"


Written in Stone
39"W X 33"L


Sarah Ann Smith
Friday Harbor, WA

Artist's Statement: A Quiltart list discussion about public art helped resolve my dilemma: how to interpret the powerful words which for me represent the concept of "out of many, one” into a graphic image. I offered the FDR Memorial in Washington, D. C., as a good example. FDR's words etched in stone I provided the idea to use the words themselves as the image, drawing on the FDR memorial with its outdoor rooms, waterfalls and pools. Since I was a child, I loved to read the last names on TV credits because they reveal the diversity of our nation, so I quilted the names of my community of family, friends and quiltart list members into the stone.

When our nation was founded, the words of the Declaration of Independence the Constitution were seen as mere "parchment barriers," but as the words of our finest twentieth century presidents reveal, those principles have become ingrained in the psyche of our nation. They are not just a foundation for, but also the living core of our political culture. These presidents' words serve as an example of how a nation can live in peace and celebrate the diversity that creates one out of many.
Karla Thomas Solomon
Vienna, Austria

Artist's Statement: "E Pluribus Unum" has meaning on so many levels, from the multiplicity of peoples and countries that make up the world, down to the variety of cells that make up a human being. "Heterogeny Hop" is a visual celebration of the diversity within an individual. The figures, originally static in their whole forms, perform their own unique dance when cut into quarters and combined. Each person takes their biological and environmental influences and creates their own unique person from it--from many, one.


Heterogeny Hop
36.5" x 23"


22”W X 31”L



Julie Zaccone Stiller
Boulder Creek, CA

Materials: Scraps of commercial cottons and fabrics dyed, painted, discharged by the artist. Glass beads.
Artist's Statement: E Pluribus Unum, what does this mean in my world?
Nice concept, difficult to achieve in reality. Many parts brought together, assembling disparate elements together like pieces of an impossibly complicated puzzle. Brought together how? By the Common Threads than connect us as human beings, here in this place. I truly believe that when we make the personal effort to get past the media-driven fear-mongering and facile classification we can learn that more UNITES us than DIVIDES us. Individually each one of us is precious, together we are a treasure beyond measurement.




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