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Stars and Stripes Forever - Cotton Fabric Panel

Stars and Stripes Forever - Cotton Fabric Panel

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Fabric panel of John Philip Sousa and Old Glory.
Showcase your DIY skills with this beautiful fabric panel. There is no end to the possibilities for incorporating this into one of your favorite needlework projects. Think of all the ways this design could be used. It might become a central element in a new quilt you are envisioning. Or, you might use enhanced embroidery to accent some of the design elements and then frame it as a standalone wall hanging. Perhaps you may want to make it into a pillow. Use your imagination to create something handmade with love.
• Digitally printed
• Size: 14” x 12” approx.
• 100% cotton – white kona
• Made in the USA

Adaptation by The Posy Collection.
Posy Lough has been translating America and American history into crafts and needlework kits for more than three decades. Her kits depict the homes of our presidents, our historic sites, our gardens and farms, and our natural wonders. Each project has an underlying theme relating to our American heritage.

Historical Information
John Philip Sousa, America’s most beloved band leader and march composer was once asked how he happened to write The Stars and Stripes Forever. Without pause, Sousa replied that God had influenced him: “I was in Europe and I got a cablegram that my manager was dead. I was in Italy and I wished to get home as soon as possible. I rushed to Genoa, then to Paris and to England and sailed to America. On board the steamer as I walked miles up and down the deck, bank and forth, a mental band was playing Stars and Stripes Forever. Day after day it persisted. Finally, I wrote it on Christmas Day, 1896.”

When the march was at last performed publicly in Philadelphia, May 14, 1897, the Public Ledger said after the parade: “It is stirring enough to rouse the American eagle from his crag, and set him to shriek exultantly while he hurls his arrows at the aurora borealis.”  So popular was it, that when Sousa formed his own band, which traveled throughout the world, it was always played. As time went by, the march became so popular everywhere that it is still thought of today by many abroad as America's National Anthem… in title, in spirit, and in emotion the perfect embodiment of America’s self-assurance and confidence in the future.

Today, it recalls for most Americans the goodness of America, the “bandstand in the park,” and the Fourth of July. It is an inspiring composition as American as the small town and the Flag itself.
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