I hope you all are having a cozy and delicious Thanksgiving Day.
The text from the USPS 2007 Commemorative Stamp site says the following:
In recent years, knitting has become quite popular again, both in the United States and internationally.
Inspired by traditional Norwegian sweaters and knitted Christmas stockings, Stahl decided on “something cozy” for this year’s holiday stamp issuance. She used a computer software program to draw her original designs and convert them to stitches and rows. Then she downloaded the information to an electronic knitting machine and used it to knit her creations. The machine’s smaller stitch gauge didn’t provide quite the effect Stahl was hoping to achieve. So she transferred the designs onto punch cards and used a different knitting machine that works something like an old Jacquard loom and has a larger stitch gauge. Stahl scanned the finished pieces into her computer and retouched the photographic images to ensure that all the stitches aligned properly. The result is a set of four colorful and “cozy” stamps that will add an extra touch of warmth to seasonal correspondence.
…art director Derry Noyes chose photographs of ten quilts created between circa 1940 and 2001 by African-American women in Gee’s Bend, Alabama.
Noted for their unexpected color combinations, bold patterns, and improvised designs, the quilts of Gee’s Bend are also remarkable for the humble materials with which they are made and the humbler circumstances in which they are born. Until recently, necessity limited the quilters to fabric from everyday items such as flour sacks, old dresses, and worn-out denim and flannel work clothes. Stains, mended holes and tears, faded patches, and seams all became integral parts of a quilt’s design and ensured that the materials, as well as the quilts, told the story of Gee’s Bend.