Amy McGrath signs the "Ditch Mitch" Quilt

Bruce Maples
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The Ditch Mitch Quilt in all its quilted-and-signed glory.
The Ditch Mitch Quilt in all its quilted-and-signed glory.

As you may know if you read this site regularly, we recently held a contest to give away the one-of-a-kind Ditch Mitch Quilt. This special quilt was created from quilt squares signed by people from all over the country, including many here in Kentucky, signifying that they wanted to Ditch Mitch. You can read more about the quilt and the contest here.

Before we shipped it off to the person who won the drawing, we wanted to get Amy McGrath to sign it. So, when we learned she was going to be stopping at MozzaPi restaurant right near us, we grabbed the quilt and headed over.

We had told her about the quilt when we had her on The State of Kentucky show, but she hadn’t seen it. So, first we showed it to her and explained about the signatures and messages.

Amy sees the Ditch Mitch Quilt in person for the first time.
Amy sees the Ditch Mitch Quilt in person for the first time.

Then, we found an empty quilt square right near the center, handed her a marker, and held up the quilt so she could add her own message and signature. She put “I’m here to assist in your retirement. Amy McGrath”

Amy McGrath adds her message and signature to the Ditch Mitch Quilt.
Amy McGrath adds her message and signature to the Ditch Mitch Quilt.

Finally, she and I stood on a picnic table (everyone was eating outside) and held up the quilt for pictures. It was a little overcast, so the pix weren’t great, but you can get the idea.

Displaying the Ditch Mitch Quilt so it doesn't drag one the ground.
Displaying the Ditch Mitch Quilt so it doesn’t drag one the ground.

All in all, it was a fun project, AND we raised some money for the McGrath campaign to boot. Big thanks to Sara Reed who put together the original squares, to Laura Jansen who sewed together and quilted the finished product, and to all the people who helped gather signatures, donated money, or sent in essays about why we need to Ditch Mitch.

The quilt has gone to the winner of the drawing, who lives in California! But, it turns out he has a son that lives in Louisville, so the DM Quilt may be making its way back to Kentucky before too long. Maybe it can be part of a victory celebration in a week!

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Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)

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