Blue Ribbon Through Frederick

"Blue Ribbon Through Frederick" Quilt by Rose Hahn
Branch: 
Location: 
Second floor near Terrace
Artist: 
Rose Hahn

When approached to make a quilt to represent the City of Frederick for the C. Burr Artz Public Library, it made me think just what living and working here for the past 60 years has meant to me. What would best represent our growing urban city, its people, its history, and present  day life?

Nestled in the fertile Frederick Valley, surrounded by the low rolling hills of the Catoctin Mountains to the West, and Parrs Ridge to the East gives us  a rich, diversified agricultural community. The top panel reflects just that, along with the famous “Clustered Spires” of the many churches that dot the Downtown  area of Frederick.
The second panel features historic Downtown Frederick. A street scene of a bygone era is depicted in a collection of buildings from the two main streets of Downtown,  Patrick and Market. Though many businesses have come and gone the buildings remain a testament to Frederick’s past.

Frederick City is also looking toward the future in its revitalization of the historical Downtown area, but it has kept its old town charm, with the combination of the new and old architecture of the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center and the construction of the C. Burr Artz Public Library, depicted in the third panel. They quench our thirst for knowledge and our need for the beauty of many forms of art.

In the fourth panel along the bottom of the quilt is Carroll Creek. Over the years, it has been an important part of the rural and urban areas of Frederick County and the City of     Frederick. What started out as a solution to a flooding disaster has become a much-loved gathering place for city dwellers and a thriving commercial area. Like a beautiful ribbon,     Carroll Creek starts from the Catoctin Mountains, winds its way through Frederick to its final destination, the scenic Monocacy River.

The motifs on the left side represent some of the many important events and history of Frederick such as its German heritage, represented by a stein and musical instruments. During the Civil War, Frederick played an important part in history; many prominent battles were fought in the area, represented by the drum, Union and Confederate hats. The  motif of a colonial flag across the sheet music commemorates Frederick native Francis Scott Key, author of the lyrics of our national anthem, the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Many  talented authors of Frederick County are depicted in the motif of books and eye glasses. The painter’s palette represents the many artists and artisans including painters, muralists, sculptors, fiber artists, potters,  wood carvers, and more. Theaters, actors, dancers, and other performers are a vital part of the Frederick area and are shown by the comedy and tragedy masks.

It is an honor and privilege to be a part of showing, with fibers and quilting, just some of my memories of Frederick, its history, and future.

Donated by the C. Burr Artz Trust

Rose Hahn, a Frederick native, has worked in a variety of media. In 1977, she chose fabric and began teaching professionally in 1990. Today she favors appliqué, whether by hand or machine, and teaches 25 different techniques. An award-winning quilter, Hahn also judges at local and regional shows.

This is the fourth quilt that Hahn has designed and created for Frederick County Public Libraries.  All four quilts have been commissioned and paid for by the C. Burr Artz Trust.