Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Next Year's Civil War Block of the Month

Antebellum Album
2018 BOM

We are working on next year's BOM to be posted as a free pattern here at the Civil War Quilts blog.

The blocks will be pieced, drawn from designs popular for Antebellum Album quilts like this sampler found in the Connecticut project.

Antebellum is old-fashioned Latin for Before the War.

These signature quilts were a fashion after 1842, made by a generation of women who grew up before the Civil War to find their adult lives significantly different after 1861.

Unknown students and teachers, perhaps 1850s

We'll see them as schoolgirls and follow them into the 1860s and after.

School in Bardstown, Kentucky, 1860s

The narrative will focus on the cross-cultural influence of women's schools when Southerners traveled north for education and Northerners traveled south to teach.

I've asked four friends to piece the models and they've been busy. Becky Brown's planning some fussy-cutting from a romantic stash of reproduction pinks and blues

Mark Lauer is going to make two sets. One in red, green and yellow

Me--- I have set aside a stash of madder-style browns, reds, pinks
and oranges in the hopes that I'll have time to actually stitch
after I get all the patterns and stories written.

Denniele Bohannon is also doing pink and blue but with a very
contemporary slant.

Pat Styring's modern take includes "wordy"
fabrics in keeping with the school theme.

And Mark's second set will be pieced in reproductions of the black-ground
neons popular about 1910.

It all starts on January 31, 2018---the last Wednesday of each month.

Amanda Donohoe, Philomont, VA
signature on an 1849 Baltimore Album block.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Monuments & Memorials

Memorial Quilt from Julie Silber's inventory.
Stacked stones underneath an obelisk.

"Grant's Monument Quilt Block"
from an old scrapbook

The continuing Civil War discussion has focused recently on monuments & memorials. The movement to remember the War in statues and stone was quite a national trend in the years around 1900, a fashion reflected in quilt patterns too.

BlockBase shows two variations on the monument or tombstone design.
BlockBase #888

 Grant memorial ribbon

Ladies Art Company #136, Garfield's Monument
Ex-President Grant died in 1885; 
President Garfield was assassinated in 1881.
This pattern was published in 1889.

An obelisk

Variations on the obelisk were published and stitched from about
1880 to 1920.

Garfield's Monument 
Perhaps Farm & Home in the 1880s.

Mountain Heritage Center & the Quilt Index

Buckboard Quilts

Doyle Auctions pictured this one they called Garfield's Tomb. I think
they had it upside down.

The other pattern is more like a rustic mausoleum.

Stacked stones (or logs)

Skinner advertised this one as a wedding cake;
Shelly Zegart has one in her collection she calls Beehive.
But it was published as a monument.

Something in demand by quilters at the time.

A small one I used to own with that fine brown wool deteriorating.
 I sold it to friend Julie Powell.

The patterns were published as monuments to Presidents 
but quiltmakers seem to have thought of them as family gravestones.

Here's a variation from the Quilt Index, with a flat top.
The quilt top has papers attached with names to be inked or embroidered.

The block lower right says Dad...1928

The number is upside down in this photo because the seller did not see it as a tombstone.
No place for the name in the example.

It was one of a pair

Same pattern with a white space for a memorial plaque so to speak.
In a circa 1900 sampler...

Another circa 1900 sampler. The set of
red X blocks makes for an interesting repeat. The monument block
is actually on point.

A Turkey red & white top someone found at a yard
sale in Arizona. From the Quilt Index & the Arizona Project.

It's a different pattern, constructed perhaps as a strip quilt.

Variations on this design could be seen
as a tessellating shape, right side up or up side down.

Hoover-Minthorne House
I guess this one would be constructed in strips too.
More on monuments:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stars in a Time Warp: Gladi's We Are Stardust

Gladi Porsche. We Are Star Dust.
Gladi's goal is to finish hand quilting her Stars in a Time Warp
by January because she is having a one-artist show at the New England Quilt Museum.

A terrific appliqued border

You may remember our Stars in a Time Warp 
Quilt Along in 2015.

Gladi got into making stars from her stash of reproduction prints.
She made a crib quilt

and a doll quilt.

The Quilts of Gladi Porsche will be up in Lowell, Massachusetts at the New England Quilt Museum from January 10 to April 29, 2018.