During World War II, more young men from North Carolina were rejected from serving in the military because of health reasons than any other state. Not surprisingly, the state’s number of doctors and hospitals ranked near the bottom. North Carolina needed a state hospital!
Centralized Chapel Hill, where a two-year medical school, opened in 1879, was expanding to a four-year program, and was seen as the logical setting for the state hospital which would serve all of its people regardless of ability to pay. North Carolina Memorial Hospital opened for business on September 2, 1952, and has grown into five hospitals in the years since.
Before celebrating the opening of the N.C. Women’s and N.C. Children’s Hospitals on September 8, 2001, Joy Javits was tapped to lead a project that would represent all 100 counties served by the Hospitals. The response was enthusiastic and along with drawings of their county flag by children, and writings by women, a brilliant quilt made by many hands was the centerpiece at the celebration.
Large as the quilt was, 27 counties were not represented, but “holder” blocks were sewn in to provide a place for them. The quilt, as well as the poems and county flags toured 18 counties over seven years. This past fall, Javits, along with Valarie Schwartz, had the idea of furthering the project and continuing the tour.
Please help us piece together the missing squares of our state quilt to get Stitching N.C. back on tour!
SEEKING a QUILT BLOCK to represent each of the following counties. May be a
classic quilt pattern of the quilter’s choice, or an original design celebrating the county.
13. Mecklenburg – Just received one – a beauty in green and white by Cathy H. Ely
14. Mitchell – Just received one – Tree of Life by Ruby Buchanan
15. New Hanover
10” square with 1/4” hem on each side
County name on block front (stitched or embroidered)
Quilter name on the back (impermeable ink)
Three layers: top, batting and backing incorporated (quilted please)
Edges may be left open, serged or overcast
410 Tadley Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 j
919.929.5355 or 919.593.6512