|Patriot's Day quilt by Debby Kratovil|
(Yes, she's young and beautiful as well as smart!)
Here's our last day with Jane Cook. This is just a small taste of how rich our American history is. It's been 200 years since the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, but it's not always been viewed as a patriotic, feel good song. I asked Jane about that and here is her answer:
What inspired you to write about the national anthem?
An ESPN commentator in Nov. 2013 suggested that The Star-Spangled Banner shouldn't be sung at sporting events because it was a war anthem. Likewise, news stories pop up frequently with attacks on patriotism. I decided to write America's Star-Spangled Story to help Americans rediscover the story behind the song as part of the national anthem’s 200th anniversary celebration on Sept. 14, 2014. I hope it will also inspire some American pride, too.
|"The rockets red glare; the bombs bursting in air. . ."|
(OK. The British weren't looking for sewing machines because they hadn't been invented yet.)
One more question for Jane:
What do you hope to see in our children as they grow up into better Americans (what needs to transpire: school, home, religious heritage).
I’m concerned that younger generations aren’t developing a love for America. A 2014 Pew Research Center study indicated that just 49% of Millennials, (Americans born between 1980 and 2000), describe themselves as patriotic. This is significantly below other generations, with 64% of Generation X and 75% of Baby Boomers identifying themselves as patriotic. Likewise, another poll reported that only 56 percent of Americans say they are proud to be an American.
|Land of Liberty quilt by Judith Travis Hampton|
Let’s face it. History is often taught through names, places, timelines, and dates, which are easily forgotten. Stories, however, stick with us. We better remember stories because they have the power to resonate with us and stick with us if they’re told in a compelling, relevant way.
|Quilt by Judith Travis Hampton (with Jane's son's head peeking out!)|
If our schools, homes, and churches want to do a better job of passing along our history and pride in our country, a great place to focus is on the stories. This summer, I rented the PBS show Liberty’s Kids, from the library and watched it with my sons, ages 9 and 7. They learned a great deal about the American Revolution because they watched the stories unfold in this highly accurate animated series. We need more content like that at our finger tips, whether through books, film, or smart phone apps. That’s one reason why I’ve focused on American history in the majority of my eight books.
|Flag quilt by Judith Travis Hampton|
Now for the giveaways. Jane has graciously offered a copy of her new book, America's Star Spangled Story to one lucky winner today.
|One lucky winner will receive this book from Jane|
And - more free fabric to a second lucky winner! More of the fabrics from yesterday, so if you didn't win yesterday, here's your lucky chance!
|More free fabrics from Benartex|
1. The contest is over at midnight tonight, September 10, 2014 (EST). I have another contest tomorrow, so come back and bring your friends.
2. Fabrics and book can only be mailed in the United States.
3. If I randomly select someone from outside the United States, you can have ANY of my patterns from my Craftsy site. I will email them to you (obviously, the ones that are for sale).
4. If I don't have your email, I can't notify you! Anonymous bloggers can't win!
Leave me a message telling me how you have viewed the Star Spangled Banner song. Do you see it as a war cry or as something else?
And come back tomorrow for more quilt inspiration, free patterns and of course, free fabric!