VALPARAISO | Susan Bishop Lambert was thrilled to receive a letter from former President George W. Bush thanking her for the quilt she made.
Back in 2000, Lambert discovered some then-popular Civil War reproduction fabric at a shop in Crown Point. She was intrigued by the colors so she decided to make, and give, a quilt to Bush after his inauguration in January 2001.
"I was very determined to present the quilt to President Bush," she said.
Lambert worked diligently on the 54-inch square, nine-patch diagonal cross pattern lap quilt machine -- piecing the hundreds of tiny fabric designs together, and then hand quilting the top, batting, and backing. the edge binding was attached to complete the quilt. Finally she attached a label on the back, with a personal note to the president.
"This was a time-consuming project but a labor of love," Lambert said. Lambert added every quilt tells a story and she thought this one was appropriate since there were serious issues happening during the Civil War and serious issues also during the 2000 presidential election.
For 13 years, she attempted to get the quilt to the president. Her brother, Ted, the current president of of the PGA of America, told her Bush would be attending the kickoff for Patriot Day weekend in Dallas. Ted Bishop was able to see the quilt was presented to him on Aug. 30, but Lambert was not there for the long-awaited event.
On Sept. 13, Lambert received a personal thank you note signed by Bush.
The letter stated that the quilt will be displayed in George W. Bush's Presidential Archives at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Lambert is now waiting for information about the display, after which she will make her plane reservation for a trip to Dallas.
"Regardless of your politics, this really is a big deal," she said.