Quilt of the Month


July 2011

July 2011

"The Promise”
Made by Paulette Aileen Suder Peters
Made in Elkhorn, Nebraska
Dated 1986
72″ × 72″
IQSC 2005.011.0001
Gift of the artist
Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers Exhibition
Patchwork Lives Exhibition

“The Promise” was a finalist in the Great American Quilt contest hosted by the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City in 1986, which commemorated the centennial of the Statue of Liberty. Peters’s quilt represents the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty by embodying the hopeful spirit of new immigrants gazing across the American landscape. Peters used several techniques to focus the eye of the viewer towards the landscape including both the pointed hand of one of the silhouettes as well as the vertical quilting lines of the pier on which the immigrant family stands, pointing to the future.