The battle of Saratoga, summer of 1777, was a turning point in the American Revolution. British General John Burgoyne lead more than 7,000 men down from Canada to Albany. American rebels were picking off the British troops when they separated from the main group, off to gather more supplies, but the British troops were so large and strong the American snip attacks were like my fight against ants in the house. But in the first Battle of Saratoga in June, while considered a British win, the American troops surrounded the British troops and picked off two for every one American lost in the battle. This weakened Burgoyne's troops considerably. Burgoyne stayed where he was, waiting for reinforcements who never arrived. The second battle caused Burgoyne to surrender. This victory by the American rebels convinced France to enter into and support the revolution between the Americans and the British.
The quilt shows this battle, very David and Goliathlike. Traditionally made in red, white, and blue--either blue background or white background--the quilt shows the large British troops in red, surrounded by the small band of American rebels. A triumph! I completed the top and will quilt it this weekend (after I get backing for it!).
I'm all for battles ending. What is your battle today?