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Forty quilts chosen for the national Thread Tails and Vapor Trails Quilt Challenge will be on display at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park from Sept. 2-7, 2011. The Navy Quilt Challenge was the idea of Charlie Hoewing, wife of Vice Admiral Gerald Hoewing. Vice Admiral Hoewing USN (Ret) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. The Quilt Challenge is being managed on behalf of the Naval Aviation Foundation to honor the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The Challenge chose the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and the dates to coincide with the NAS Patuxent River Air Expo, a Centennial of Naval Aviation Tier 1 event. (www.paxairexpo.org).
Exhibits are on display throughout the U.S. to mark the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The quilts are each 40” X 40” and have been hand crafted by quilters throughout the United States.
Pauline House, Leonardtown, MD, designed a quilt for the challenge titled, “Wings of Gold.” She designed the quilt to honor all who wear the “Wings of Gold.” The quilt incorporates four squares to represent the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and NASA. Pauline manages the gift shop at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Her husband, Don House, worked in Naval Aviation for over 37 years. They are both volunteers at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
All are invited to view the quilts during the exhibit. Admission to the museum is free and hours are 10-5, Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.paxmuseum.com or call 301-863-7418. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is an official Navy museum under the Naval History and Heritage Command. The museum is located at 22156 Three Notch Road.
(above) The quilt designed by Pauline House, Leonardtown, MD, for the national Thread Tails and Vapor Trails Quilt Challenge in commemoration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. Forty quilts from the Challenge will be on display at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum from Sept. 2-Sept. 7.