Bicentennial quilt is unveiled and on display

By Ashley Steeb
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS —In honor of the Bicentennial celebration, First Lady Karen Pence unveiled a quilt Monday known as the “Migrations Over the Crossroads of America.”

First Lady Karen Pence, Gloria Lutzke, quilt artist, and Perry Hammock unveil the "Crossroads of Indiana" map quilt. The quilt was made in honor of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration. Photo by Ashley Steeb, TheStatehouseFile.com

First Lady Karen Pence, Gloria Lutzke, quilt artist, and Perry Hammock unveil the “Migrations Over the Crossroads of America” map quilt. The quilt was made in honor of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration. Photo by Ashley Steeb, TheStatehouseFile.com

“We appreciate Hoosiers like Gloria who share their time, talent and treasures so generously to help us celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday,” Pence said.

Quilter Gloria Klutzke was also at the unveiling ceremony. Klutzke had been planning to make a quilt for the Bicentennial celebration for five years. She said it was an exciting honor to have her quilt displayed at the Statehouse.

The quilt incorporates Klutzke’s love for history and maps by displaying key historical sites and the state’s topography.

“My goal was to pay homage to the Native Americans – the first inhabitants of our state,” Klutzke said. “To honor and remember all, be they animal or mankind who have traversed the state in search of home and safety.”

The "Crossroads of Indiana" map quilt was unveiled in a ceremony on Monday morning. The quilt was made by Gloria Lutzke in honor of the Indiana Bicentennial celebration. Photo by Ashley Steeb, TheStatehouseFile.com

The “Migrations Over the Crossroads of America” map quilt was unveiled in a ceremony on Monday morning. The quilt was made by Gloria Lutzke in honor of the Indiana Bicentennial celebration. Photo by Ashley Steeb, TheStatehouseFile.com

During the ceremony, Klutzke described how she made the quilt. The steps included finding a piece of fabric, a map of Indiana and then she followed the normal quilting process.

“I tell people I laid 492 railroad ties in two days,” Klutzke said. “The railroad may want to hire me.”

Before the quilt was unveiled, Pence said she deeply admires anyone who can make a quilt.

“I have such admiration for quilters,” Pence said. “I cannot quilt at all and every time I see a quilt I’m blown away.”

Quilt artist, Gloria Lutzke, answering questions during the unveiling of the "Crossroads of Indiana" map quilt. Photo by Ashley Steeb, TheStatehouseFile.com

Quilt artist, Gloria Lutzke, answering questions during the unveiling of the “Migrations Over the Crossroads of America” map quilt. Photo by Ashley Steeb, TheStatehouseFile.com

Klutzke said she hopes those who see her quilt will learn something new and gain “a deeper appreciation of the history of our state.”

The quilt will be on display in the lobby of the Statehouse until July 11. The quilt can also be seen at the Indiana State Fair.

“I’m passionate about our state and the Bicentennial,” said Klutzke. “And I’m just tickled to see people understand and get what I was trying to do and enjoy it as much as I am.”

Ashley Steeb is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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