Dreams of Home
A square pieced inside a square represents Sarah Morgan's hopes of returning home.
Sarah never went home to
again. September found the women and children sleeping on the floor of a
boarding house in the small town of Baton Rouge , forty miles
north. She wrote a good deal about her losses. Did her canary Jimmie survive the Yankee raids on the Baton Rouge house?
Why didn't she bring an extra pair of shoes? Clinton
Clinton is north of Baton Rouge up by the Mississippi state line.
September 3, 1862,
"If I dare hope that next summer would bring us Peace! I always prophesy it just six months off; but do I believe it? Indeed, I don't know what will become of us if it is delayed much longer. If we could only get home, it would be another thing; but boarding, how long will mother's two hundred and fifty last? …But if we get home, what will we do for bedding? The Yankees did not leave us a single comfort, and only two old bars [mosquito nets] and a pair of ragged sheets, which articles are not to be replaced at any price in the Confederacy, so we must go without. How glad I am that we gave all our blankets to our soldiers last summer! So much saved from the Yankees!"
Soldiers on both sides were notorious for stealing bedding, as in this detail from
George Caleb Bingham's Order Number Eleven
From the Library of Congress
Clinton, Louisiana is full of historic buildings that were there when the Morgans boarded in in the fall of 1862. Take a virtual tour here:http://www.felicianatourism.org/tourclint.htm
The pieced block has a BlockBase number
(Don't forget the "a" if you are searching by number.)
The first published name for this shading was "A Simple Quilt Block"Texas Jane has proofread and found that I made an error in the directions. So I have fixed it in fuchsia type.
You'd have too many triangles if you listened to me. Thank you, Jane.
There is only one template.
A – Cut
2 - the correct number is 1-- light and 2 (1) dark squares 6-7/8".
Cut each into 4 triangles with 2 cuts.
A – Cut
2 (1) light and 2 (1) dark squares 4-7/8". Cut each into 4 triangles with 2 cuts.
Applique a star or a heart after piecing.
Optional applique:Go back to the January 5, 2013 post to see a JPG with the heart and the star.