LINDBERGH QUILT, ABOUT 1932-1935
All of America was enthralled in 1932 by the tragic story of the kidnapping and death of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh’s toddler son, Charles Lindbergh Jr. Media across the country followed the story from the investigation through the eventual trial of the alleged kidnapper.
Why would anyone commemorate this tragedy on a quilt? Just as countless quilters made quilts after the attacks of September 11, it is more about process than product. Sewing and embroidering allow for meditation and the processing of horrific loss. The result becomes a respectful memorial.
Cotton with cotton embroidery
73” x 86”
Loan courtesy of Polly Mello
The Lindbergh quilt’s blocks copy photos that appeared in newspapers covering the kidnapping investigation and trial. Two versions of this four-generation photo can be seen in the top and third rows.