Living life through nine decades is a history lesson in and of itself, but it was not enough for the patriotic woman we meet this week on Kentucky’s Backroads. Ramona Tolle has put her ability to quilt and sew to work to create a unique lesson about our nation’s history.
“I was born red, white and blue, apple pie, motherhood, all that good stuff,” said Tolle during an interview on Independence Day. Now, 80, Tolle completed a four year project last year to create a U.S. history quilt.
The idea came from Tolle’s daughter, Jenny Blount, who teaches history at Bath County Middle School.
“The kids are a whole lot more interested in that,” Blount said of the quilt compared to a text book. "It's like a picture book for 'em. It clicks. It's like characters. They pop out to 'em."
"I tired to cover the wars and the states and the things that I thought the kids should know about history,” Tolle said of the quilt, which has 63 scenes.
The most sentimental to Tolle is the one depicting the bombing of Pearl Harbor
"I was nine years old,” she remembers. "I was at an impressionable age you understand."
As you will see in the story, the history quilt is also about a woman and her family.
"All of it is going to be a legacy that we will keep forever,” Blount said of her mother’s unique portrayal of American history.