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I made my first quilt in 1973 while pregnant with my second daughter. My mother and grandmother both quilted but had not taught me, so I really began from scratch. I wanted a quilt to cover her bassinet, it was awful but it kept her head from rubbing the woven bassinet. My next attempt was a crib quilt for her but I had no one to tell me how large to make it. I measured the mattress and made it that size. Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam with no room to cover the baby. It just lays flat on the mattress. To say I have learned a lot, is an understatement.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Generals' Wives - A new block of the month

Here is our new Generals' Wives Block of the Month. I designed this 12 month program to be a satisfying experience and yet not require so many hours that you do not feel you have time to make anything else.

If you are like me and most of my quilting friends, you want to work on more than one quilt at a time and the Generals' Wives will fill one of those slots. The blocks are 12" finished as are the finishing blocks. Each month you will complete one block and several of the finishing blocks so that when you have completed the 12 months, add the borders and you truly have a completed top.

The quilt measures 100" square and you will also be provided a free pattern to enlarge it to king size (124") if you choose.

Each month you will also enjoy a brief history of the wife for whom the block is named. These women were living during extremely difficult and dangerous times. For the wife on the Confederate side, the battlefield could literally be in your front yard. You were not safe nor were your children safe. Your home was very likely to be burned to the ground and all your worldly possessions confiscated. Your crops would have been burned and any livestock you possessed would be eaten by the enemy soldiers.

The fabric line created for this block of the month is a beautiful collection of civil war era designs and yet, they are not flat or dull. Some of the colors are a bit more vivid and bold. The wife of a general during this time was not a simple farm girl; she would typically have come from a wealthier family and would have been more highly educated than most of the women of that time. She simply would have had the means to have some of the finer things in life and the scraps from her garments would have found their way into her quilts.

Because the line of fabric is so pretty, I have also designed several additional quilts that will give you even more reasons to enjoy your passion for both the quilting and for the history.

I hope you enjoy the Generals' Wives and will look forward to the next in my series of Historical Quilts.


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