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Brooksby Village Resident Makes Quilt Featuring all 44 Presidents

February 16, 2015

Peabody, MA -- Flo Perkins, Brooksby Village resident,  loves making quilts, but she wanted a challenge.  After coming across an idea she saw in a book, she thought, why not make a quilt featuring all 44 U.S. Presidents.

"I have always enjoyed making quilts," said Perkins.  "Years ago before I made this one I wanted a new challenge and a quilt featuring all 44 Presidents was the answer!  It took me more than a year to complete it!"

The quilt, which measures 68x90 (each square is 9x9 with a 1 1/2 border) is currently on display at Brooksby Village.  Each square features a U.S President and their faces are made using a form of embroidery called redwork.  From their glasses, beards and mustaches, Perkins was able to make every U.S President's face. 

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In the four corners of the quilt she made the U.S. Capital, the Unites States Seal, the White House and the American Flag.

"I finished the quilt years ago and when President Barack Obama got into office I added him to the quilt," said Perkins.  "People at Brooksby Village stop me all the time asking how long it took to make and really enjoy looking at all the redwork embroidery."

Perkins has lived at Brooksby Village for 11 years.  The quilt is on  display the entire month of February at Brooksby Village. 

Brooksby Village is one of 18 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living.  The scenic 90 acre campus is located in Peabody, MA and is home to more than 1700 residents.