Saturday, April 6, 2013

32. Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie

Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie 
By Becky Brown

A little over a century ago Theodore Roosevelt was running for President again. Elected Vice President in 1900, he became President after an anarchist assassinated President William McKinley in 1901. Re-elected in 1904, Roosevelt retired after seven years as President in 1908, but he missed the spotlight after a term out of office. When the Republican Party refused to nominate him in 1912 he formed a third party, The Progressives, nicknamed the Bull Moose Party.

A Progressive Party Campaign Bandana

Roosevelt was interested in women's rights and had written his senior thesis at Harvard University on "Practicability of Equalizing Men and Women before the Law," but he concluded it was impractical, writing as President in 1908, "Personally I believe in woman's suffrage, but I am not an enthusiastic advocate of it, because I do not regard it as a very important matter."

Rival Robert LaFollette courted the women's vote,
 pushing Teddy into declaring his support. 
Here Miss Insurgency simpers and Fighting Bob sulks

By 1912 six states permitted women to vote in Presidential elections so Roosevelt decided women's suffrage was now important, making a grand gesture at the Progressive Party convention by asking a woman, social worker Jane Addams, to second his nomination. The party platform included a plank endorsing votes for women.

Jane Addams was known for her advocacy for women and children.

Roosevelt lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson but he did win two states (California and Washington) where women could vote.
Teddy shouting "Woman Suffrage Forever"

We can recall his Presidential campaign, the first with a promise of Votes for Women with this block Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie, named in Clara Stone's pattern catalog about 1910. It's BlockBase #2534.

Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie 
By Georgann Eglinski

 This cutting method is a variation of BlockBase  #1129.5, which eliminates the Y seams.

Cutting an 8" Finished Block (12" Block in Red)

A - Cut 12 squares 2-1/2" (3-1/2").

B - Cut 4 squares 2-7/8" (3-7/8").

Cut with 1 diagonal cut to make 2 triangles. You need 8.

C - Cut 1 square 3-3/8" (3-5/16" to be a little more accurate for the 8" version.)  (4-3/4").

Mr. Roosevelt's Necktie 
By Dustin Cecil
Another way of cutting and shading

Jo Tokla 

Campaign bandana with a different necktie


  1. Hello Barbara, I've been following your very interesting blog for a while now - thank you for so much information in each post. I apologise for my ignorance, but I really love the interpretations by Dustin Cecil, and with no wish to offend, could you please tell me who he is? I'm still quite new to who is who in the quilt world! Thank you so much,

  2. I love Dustin's interpretations too. Wait till you see how he puts it all together! Who is he? A genius with fabric who lives on a farm in Kentucky. Check out his Flickr photostream by pasting this in your browser:

  3. Thanks for the interesting information. Love the block.

  4. Thanks Kate, and Barbara, for your very kind words. I'm really enjoying this project.