Museum acquires 'Miracle on the Hudson' quilt

Last week the Museum of the San Ramon Valley unveiled its latest acquisition: "Miracle on the Hudson." It fits in perfectly with the current exhibit, "Quilts: Tradition with a Twist."

"This certainly is a twist," noted Carmen Curtis, who heads up several committees at the museum and helped hang the quilt.

It was created by Cher Piché, who lives outside Springfield, Mo., and specializes in art quilts.

Piché said the quilt's design is modeled on a cartoon that ran in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 18, three days after Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger landed the airplane in the river.

"When the plane went down I received an e-mail from a friend of mine that had the cartoon on it," Piché said. "I dropped everything to do this."

She thread-painted the scene onto a batik background, and machine appliquéd the airplane and stuffed it for a three-dimensional effect. Then she used pencil crayons for the passengers and details, enhancing the tail and water.

She entered the quilt at the Machine Quilters Show in May in Kansas City and it won a ribbon.

"After it had been in the show, I said to my husband, 'This quilt should be hanging somewhere,'" recalled Piché. "He put it on his Facebook, and a lady from Danville contacted him."

The quilt exhibit ends Sept. 27, but Curtis said she hopes they will find a place to keep it hung at the Museum.

"It's very, very touching," she said.

Piché sent the quilt to the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce to be hung wherever possible.

"I only want it to be enjoyed," she said.


Posted by Rayna Gillman, a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I hope the maker of this quilt got permission from the cartoonist to use his or her work, since I am sure his cartoon must be copywrited.

Posted by Dawna, a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2009 at 4:46 am

Oh my. When I saw the original cartoon - no question about it. This quilt is a blatant copy of a protected work. I do sincerely hope she contacted the original artist. You can see the original cartoon here.

Web Link

Posted by SouthWind100, a resident of Danville
on Oct 22, 2009 at 3:41 am

Notify the appropriate law enforcement agency. ,

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