Saturday, November 30, 2013

2014 Civil War Block of the Month: Threads of Memory


We are going to do another free online Block of the Month on this blog on the theme of the Civil War for the year 2104.

The theme Threads of Memory refers to the Underground Railroad. Each month you'll get a block named 
for an important place in the story of the network that assisted slaves on the road to freedom. We'll explore true stories of people who lived in slavery, escaped on the "Liberty Line" or helped the fugitives.

The twelve blocks will finish to 12" and each is an original pieced design for a star block.
(No applique!)

YOU DON'T SIGN UP. I'll post the block instructions here. But you might want to sign up on the left here
for email notifications. The weekly post will come right to your inbox.

I'll post blocks and stories on the LAST Saturday of each month beginning on January 25, 2014.
UPDATE: Here's the first post
http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2014/01/threads-of-memory-1-portsmouth-star-for.html

Jean Stanclift made the blocks for this sampler several years ago. We'll be showing hers in primary colors.

She used
reds, yellows and blues 
with a very dark brown as a background.
Her sashing was two shades of blue.


To update the sampler Becky Brown has done two new sets of blocks---One in rather romantic prints of pink and brown and the other in my 2014 reproduction collection Ladies Album for Moda.


Here are some fabrics from her pink and brown set done and
in her signature style with lots of fussy cutting.

Here are the swatches from Ladies Album
which is scheduled for March, 2014 delivery.

Dustin is also doing two sets of blocks as models.

He's mixing my 2013 collection Civil War Jubilee
with a plain white for contrast.


He is going to make a set out
of ONE FABRIC.

Blue & white ticking.
Stay Tuned!

Jean's sampler of 12 blocks with sashing finishes to 68" by 88". We'll give you that basic set and some yardage suggestions in January.

Right now it's time to start sorting your fabrics.

52 comments:

forever growing said...

Can't wait to these blocks, Thank you

Sharon Eshlaman said...

I've never done one of your blocks of the month. I'm looking forward to 2014 so I can do my first with you.

dustin said...

be careful Sharon, many of us started nearly 3 years ago now... and couldn't dream of stopping. It's a great group here.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait:). I have been reading your blog for quite awhile, making blocks and learning so much along the way. Thank you so much! Gretchen

Anna V said...

I am so excited for this BOM! I am doing my research on the UGRR & quilting. This is going to be sew much fun!

Reena said...

This looks like fun- love the Ladies Album fabric.

NANCY F said...

LIVE IN A PRE CIVIL WAR HOUSE LOVE CIVIL WAR REPRO FABRIC CAN'T GET ENOUGH CIVL WAR PATTERNS

RED said...

Looking forward to this...thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

I love civil war quilts . I want to sign up for this new block if the month for 2014.

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to making this quilt. Will you be posting the fabric requirements prior to posting the first block?

Sandy said...

Oh goody!! As I am finally in the home stretch of hand quilting my 2011 CW BOW quilt, I figure its time to start another one!

Pammreed said...

Hi, I just found this through another blog. How do I join this block of the month for 2014
Thanks
pamm

pinkdeenster said...

What's one more project?! Now to decide on fabric....use the stash or buy, that is the question.

Nat Palaskas said...

This is going to be fun! I did the Civil War Samplers but not yet quilted. Thanks so much for sharing - Hugs Nat

suzanne said...

Hurray! More blocks! More history! Thanks!

Barbara Brackman said...

PinkD---as a fabric manufacturer I think you should buy new fabric. As a fan of the found object I think you should go to the thrift store and find more old needlework. What to do, what to do?

And for those who ask about signing up I posted this above in red:
YOU DON'T SIGN UP. I'll post the block instructions here. But you might want to sign up on the left here for email notifications. The weekly post will come right to your inbox.

Robin A. said...

Thank Barbara. Looking forward to doing this BOM.

Quilter Kathy said...

Awesome! I am so excited!
I will quickly finish my civil war quilt so I can join in.

Thalia said...

Oh ho Dustin look at you with the fussy cut stripes! I wonder what influenced you to make that decision? ;)

desertskyquilts said...

I'll be here, as well. I have charms and a jelly roll of Jubilee, as well as a ton of other CW repro fabric, so I'm sure something will work. =)

Jo said...

Wow
There are quite a few different colour ways.
Can't wait to see this quilt progress.

Mystic Quilter said...

Just found out about Threads of Memory 2014, looking forward to taking part!

Sandy B said...

This will be my first bom with your group. I've got a soldier's cot quilt in progress and this will be a great addition. Thank you.

Janet O. said...

No applique? Count me in! : )

Anonymous said...

I've never done a BOM and have been waiting for one to catch my eye - this is perfect and I can't wait to start it, thanks so much. I'm just a bit worried about fabric as I can't afford new - would second-hand men's shirting material and plaids be ok on a plain background?

Barbara Brackman said...

Re: Second hand shirtings. See reply to PinkDeenster above. Second hand shirtings will be terrific. You'll get some ideas for stripes from Dustin's ticking blocks.

pens and needles said...

This is going to be my first BOM, and I am thrilled! Have your Civil War book and am so inspired by it. Just needing something to get me going on making blocks. Someone else commented that there is NO APPLIQUE, and that sealed the deal for me. :) Can't wait to purchase some of your new fabrics!

Sue Perry said...

So excited about this BOM!!!
I absolutely love your latest line "Ladies Album" ---want every single item in it! Can't wait!!!

lissa said...

Perfect timing! I can't wait to get started.

-modalissa

Michelle said...

definitely going to do this one as I have a huge stash of civil war fabrics! can't wait!

Louise said...

This looks like a good project! I have lots of Barbara Brackman repro fabric and need to start using it!

Suzie Kidman said...

I've been reading this great blog for the last few months and I'm really excited about joining you all for a fun journey!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

Love this! I am using pinks and browns on another quilt and would especially like your new upcoming line, so will wait for it next month. Can hardly wait!

Sonia Vannerom said...

Hi, I'm talking you from Belgium and I'm glad to do this BOM with you. Sorry but my english is not perfect.
Hoping to hear you soon. Thanks in advance

Patti Kilcullen said...

I've always wanted to do a pink & brown quilt, maybe this is the time to start!

Patti Kilcullen

Linda and Terry said...
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Linda and Terry said...

I am a fairly new quilter and a Civil War re-enactor. You can guess that most of my stash is CW reproduction fabric. I am looking forward to beginning this new challenge. I have been a student of the Civil War and the Underground RR since high school and I won't say how many decades that has covered. My question - are the blocks authentic to the times?

Sandy D said...

Just found this BOM and I am in. The funny thing is I just found an old kit of yours that has been hiding in my sewing room. I have been cutting and have started sewing it.It is called 1862 Battle Hymn. I am not sure what year it is from but I love the fabrics.

Julie Vernon said...

Barbara - I have found if I submerse myself in books showing antique quilts ... even just looking at the photos ... before I select fabric for an antique-look quilt, the better group for fabrics I choose. This goes for sure picking pieces from my own stash.

Like the mind walks back into time - well sort of! Love the fabrics, quilts and patterns you are sharing. THANK YOU

Smiles, JulieinTN

Jean said...

I am excited to start, and doubly so because I have talked a friend.who is a pretty new quilter into doing this too. I promised to help when needed. It will be so much fun

Sylvia said...

I am reading Tracy Chevalier's book about a young quaker quilter who is part of the underground railroad and I will be very happy to make a quilt myself to commemorate those courageous people. I love Civil war fabrics. Thanks for such a good idea

Nancy D said...

Impatiently waiting. So excited!

mary said...

unable to get this - yes signed up for email long ago and again today but not working - thanks Mary at snowtx@aol.com

J L Jenkins said...

This is the first of your BOMs I am going to get to follow. I am doing my blocks in 30's repros because I don't have CW fabrics. The first block looks great in 30's prints! I can't wait for the next block!

RoseMary BW said...

Love Barbara's work. will there be a PDF for each BOM?

Ctmhjen Ader said...

I have made the first block, and I LOVE this pattern. Went together quickly. I had only one problem....picking fabric colors...to many choices! Loved it.

laneysjc said...

Wondering why some of the block photos are showing on my phone but not on my IPad...or laptop. Any ideas?

Sleeping Gypsy said...

This will be my first civil war quilt & I can hardly wait! Thank you!

Ava Allen said...

I have been trying to find the civil war crossing jelly roll. Does anyone know where I can purcahse one?

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting the for 7th month and still don't see it. Is it still coming?

linda thomas said...

How can I print out the instructions for the 8th block? Tried to do it the way I had before and it doesn't work.

piffle said...

Somehow I missed October's, # 10 block and story. I cannot seem to locate it, wonder if it is available for printing out.
Thanks, Patricia G Hayes (Piffle)