Sponsored by Capital City Celebrations and spearheaded by Myrna Allen and Sue Gleeson, Juneau quilters and friends have created the Juneau Statehood Quilt. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on July 4, during the reenactment of the 49 Star Flag raising at the Juneau Douglas Museum.
Twenty-four Juneau residents created the quilt squares, many of which represent Southeast Alaskan wildlife (there is a token polar bear), flowers, and Juneau landmarks. One of the more unique squares was made by Wendy Parker Swedell. She has memorialized her father by displaying the back of her father's head surrounded by the glorious bursts of Juneau's annual 4th of July fireworks.
Many Juneauites will remember the former Juneau Statehood Mayor, Larry Parker, as "Mr. Fireworks." He was an original member of the 1946 fireworks crew and continued the tradition for more than 40 years.
The quilt cornerstones are made from the 50th Statehood pattern designed by Judy Dafoe Hopkins, Juneau's well-known, published quilt designer. The popular Alaskan blueberry fabric has been used for the quilt backing, and an embroidered dedication panel makes this quilt a unique keepsake for any Alaskan family.
Quilt raffle tickets are available at Hearthside Books and Rain Tree Quilting. Only 600 tickets will be sold at $10 each or three for $25. In addition, there will be other prizes, including an ivory bracelet and a 50th Statehood Commemorative Medallion. The quilt will be displayed throughout the community during the next six months. Capital City Celebrations is a volunteer organization, which is raising funds to cover the costs of the many 50th Statehood events in Juneau.