So what's so interesting about the hexagon quilt? What do you see when you look at the quilt? My eye is instantly drawn to the gold hexagon. At first I thought, what a mistake to use such a strong color without repeating it somewhere else in the quilt! It was no mistake.
By including the gold hexagon, the maker of this quilt was expressing her support for Republican President William McKinley's gold standard monetary policy. His Presidential campaign opponent, Democrat William Jennings Bryan, was a supporter of the silver standard. Read more about the gold standard here.
So now I have a dilemma. Some of you were close to getting the right answer but didn't seem to be getting the complete answer. Monday evening, I asked you to stop guessing and that on Tuesday I would choose whoever I felt was the closest and award them the prize. Then Tuesday afternoon, someone posted a comment with the correct answer. Sigh, what to do?
I've decided to give Sue-Anne the main prize because she guessed correctly that it was about President William McKinley and the gold standard. A slight error - the quilt was not a tribute to him but meant to show the quiltmaker's support for his monetary policy. Please e-mail me your mailing address. Way to go for being persistent!
Even though she missed the cutoff time, I've also decided to give Arnden a prize for giving the complete correct answer except for missing William Jennings Bryan's name. Please e-mail me your mailing address.
And now back to my sewing machine where I belong!