This is a small (24" x 24") quilt that was completed in early February 2014 by HQCP committee member Michelle Cooper; it depicts Harriet Quimby with the years of her life in the top left corner, a silhouette of a Bleriot XI plane which she used on her solo flight across the Channel in April 1912 in the top right corner and a The Harriet Quimby Centenary Project pin badge just by her left shoulder.
It has gone to Oregon in the USA where it will be part of an exhibition called 'Notable Women'; this exhibition will tour the Pacific Northwest during 2014/15 in four or more different venues before the quilt comes home. We haven't yet decided where it will be hung when it does come home.
There are a number of techniques used in making the quilt, but essentially it is machine appliquéd black fabric on hand dyed white cotton with the border hand sewn on. It is part of the Harriet Quimby Centenary Project's stated aim of raising the public profile of Harriet Quimby both here and abroad. We hope that not only will this raise Harriet's profile in the land of her birth, but also will raise the profile of our home town, Dover. Harriet flew from Whitfield, on the outskirts of Dover in April 1912 and successfully landed at Equihen-Plage near Boulogne-sur-Mer to become the first woman to fly solo across the Channel and the first of either sex to fly from England to France. Her achievement was overshadowed by the tragic news of the loss of the Titanic, and her name became lost in history.
We encourage you to spread the word of a truly remarkable woman and join the HQCP - help us give Harriet her rightful place in the history books, especially here in Dover.