In 2016 we are going to feature a Block of the Month here for 12 months called Westering Women, celebrating the women who walked west on the overland trails in the 19th century.
Photo of family and an oxen-pulled wagon, about 1900
On the last Wednesday of each month beginning January 27, 2016, I'll post a free pattern and history lesson about America's western migration. Westering Women will have patterns for 12" block designs, each chosen for a traditional name that recalls a location along the old trails from the Missouri River to the Pacific coast.
Amelia Stewart Knight left a diary of her 1853 trip
You'll get a monthly view of the history of the western migration through the eyes of the women who kept diaries and wrote letters home a century and a half ago.
Wagon train from Harper's Weekly in 1858
I'll post the monthly lessons here at the Civil War Quilts blog on Wednesdays (along with regular Saturday posts about Civil War quilts.)
Independence, Missouri published by Herrmann J. Meyer
So get your gear ready and meet us in a few weeks at the jumping off point on the Missouri River in Independence.
What should you pack in your small valise? Any kind of fabric you like. We'll be using Civil-War era reproductions prints such as my Old Cambridge Pike and Alice's Scrapbag lines, but you might want to use solids or brights..
Here's a bunch of new Moda fabrics to think about. The colors are perfect for a mid-19th-century theme.
UPDATE: It's 2017 and we've trekked to California. I will leave the Westering Women links with free patterns uo through 2017 but you may prefer another pattern format. If you would like to have the patterns as PDF's you can download and print the set of 12 blocks. I also can mail paper patterns to you (U.S. Postage included). Here are links to buy the patterns in my Etsy Shop:
Instant Download PDF $15
Paper Patterns Through the Mail $22.50.