Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Antebellum Album Set for Nine Blocks Plus Edge

You've got ten patterns, January to October. Pick your favorite nine blocks and get his puppy finished before the holidays. I took Mark's retro red and green blocks and made a virtual quilt inspired by the applique sampler below. The blocks are set with alternate unpieced blocks.

From the Nebraska Project and the Quilt Index

I chopped off the edge in Photoshop so you just
have a half of Block #10

About 67-1/2" x 67-1/2"

Then because I am trying to get good at the new EQ8 I spent some time drawing and coloring. I need more practice so choosing the tools in the new format is second nature. You want to learn a computer program you spend an hour a day on it for a while. (My idea of a good time.)

You can do a screen capture of the quilt in EQ with or without the
seam lines.

The Pattern

9 Pieced Blocks for the center finishing to 12" 
16 alternate white blocks cut 12-1/2" square, finishing to 12"
12 edge blocks---here they are half of Block #10, Carolina Lily.
4 corner blocks---a quarter of the Carolina Lily block.

There might be some complaints about this plan, however. Pretty as Block 10 may be, it begs the question....How many Y seams would you have to do? Now you could piece those edge blocks like Martha C did:

No Y

See a post on her modified pattern last week:

Block 2 Lend & Borrow as the border

Or you might want to try a faster-to-piece block. Well, faster to piece if you like to chain piece half-square triangles by the yard.

With the seam lines

See the Block 2 Instructions here:

This one might work better with plain white corner triangles.
Cut 2 white squares 9-3/8".

Cut each in half diagonally and you'll have 4 corner triangles you can trim a bit.

I used EQ8 to calculate the yardage for the white alternate blocks and the
extra edge blocks.

It says:
2-1/2 Yards of white 
and 1-1/2 yards each of the two colors for the edge blocks here.

Of course if I spent an hour a day at my sewing machine instead of at my computer I'd get a lot of these ideas actually stitched.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Applique Quilt & Morgan's Ohio Raid

This flamboyant feather quilt in the collection of the Ohio Historical Society
has a Civil War story connected to the classic Civil War raiders tale,
but it's a Northern quilt.

The maker was Prudence Wells (1830-1906), probably of Wilkesville, Ohio,
a small town east of Cincinnati and southwest of Athens.
See the quilt here:

Map of Morgan's July 1863 Raid through Ohio with Wilkesville at the arrow.

The family story:  Prudence had this quilt in the frame when Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's Confederate troops raided Indiana and Ohio in July, 1863. Morgan himself led a brigade through Wilkesville one night where they emptied stores and private storerooms, terrorized locals who had abolitionist reputations and demanded supper.

Ohioans were shocked and unprepared to be the target of Confederate troops. The local 19th-century county history tells the story:
"Wilkesville had the rather equivocal honor of being in the track of the dashing raider in his brilliant but disastrous march through Southern Ohio. When it became evident that our State was really invaded, the Governor called out the militia.... Wilkesville militia were fortunate enough to get a soldier to command them...more fortunate than some of the companies which were commanded by honest farmers who had never seen a regiment in line and were captivatingly innocent of all knowledge of military tactics.... On the 17th of July, 1863, the news came to the town that the enemy was approaching on the Jackson road. It flew like wildfire, and every tongue had something to add to the tale of murder, pillage and wanton destruction. One would have thought that Gen. Morgan's army were veritable ogres, rivaling the diet of the noted...King of the Cannibal Islands.

John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864)
Morgan's dashing outfit and dare-devil reputation
inspired many a post-war cowboy. 
One thing was certain, the hotly pursued fugitives wanted fresh horses, and took them wherever they could find them. The few men who were at home took their horses to the woods and remained till the invaders had departed....The girls hid their jewelry. Some of them buried it in the garden, so that it might be perfectly safe; in fact they hid it so safely that they have never been able to find it since. Bed clothing and wearing apparel were concealed where possible."
Morgan was soon captured and imprisoned in the Ohio State Penitentiary from which he escaped six months later. In September, 1864 he was killed during a Union raid in Greenville, Tennessee.

Prudence's pattern is as dashing as the General with additional
shapes between the feathers or leaves.

The family history about Prudence Wells's quilt is a little confused about where she lived (Wellston? as the cataloguing information reads) but the story sounds plausible given Morgan's night in Wilkesville, where Prudence is recorded as living. The red and green applique is perfectly suited to Ohio as is the variation on the design we call Prince's Feather.

From online auctions

The basic pattern was extremely popular in the mid to late 19th century but Prudence's version is unusual.

As a block in an Ohio sampler

A common version seen in the western Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana region
sometimes called Watermelon

Library of Congress
Dedicating a statue of Morgan in his home town of Lexington, Kentucky, 1911.

Morgan's Confederate Memorial has very recently been moved from the old courthouse downtown to the Confederate section of the Lexington Cemetery where he is buried.

Follow Morgan's Ohio raid to Wilkesville and beyond in the book Morgan’s Raid Across Ohio: The Civil War Guide by Lora Schmidt Cahill & David L Mowery.
Here's a preview:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Block 10 Carolina Lily with No Inset Y Seams

Martha C.'s block
She modified my pattern by adding seam lines,
thus subtracting Y Seams.

She added seams in the top half.

This is the original pattern with B and C requiring set in seams.

I drew up her pattern in EQ8. The pieces have new letters here.

For the large background triangles A
Cut 3 squares 4-1/4". Cut each in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. You need 6.

For the small background triangles B
Cut 2 squares 3-3/8". Cut each in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. You need 4.

Wait a minute.
You have to do this too.

The largest triangle is now cut in half and is the same size as A.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Canton Illinois G.A.R. Quilt

Musical score embroidered on a Civil War commemorative quilt
"Hail the grand army! Grand army of the Republic!"

The Illinois State Museum is showing off a new acquisition this year in their Bicentennial and Beyond exhibition, which runs until February 3, 2019.

Embroidered quilt dated 1889,
"Designed and executed by Mrs. C.H. Lingenfelter"

Charity Hedge Lingenfelter (1848-1894) raised money for the Grand Army of the Republic post in  Canton, Illinois with her embroidery.

Canton businesses donated a dollar to be
included on this advertising/fundraising quilt. 

Veterans' names and G.A.R. badges are stitched in the borders

Charity Hedge was born and died in Fulton County, Illinois, southwest of Peoria. 

Canton about 1910

After the Civil War she married veteran Aaron Lingenfelter in 1870 and moved to a farm near Canton when she was in her 20s. They had three children, Ernie, Nernie and Lizzie. 

Aaron served as a private in the 55th Illinois Infantry throughout the war, enlisting as a 20-year-old in 1861. He was severely injured in his shoulder in Bentonville, North Carolina a few weeks before war's end, giving him the dubious distinction of being the last man in his unit to be wounded. The Regimental history published in 1887 mentioned that he remained a "great sufferer from a grave injury." He lived until 1918, however.
Canton's Joe Hooker post of the G.A.R. built a substantial home.

Charity did not live long after completing her fundraiser. She died at 45 years old in 1894.

A 1914 reunion of Union veterans in Princeton, Illinois.

See the Canton G.A.R. quilt at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. And as a bonus you can see Albert Small's quilt of 120,000 + hexagons, the world's record holder.

Albert Small, 1944
Illinois State Museum