Saturday, January 15, 2022
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
four-pointed stars to symbolize American Stars, a year-long look at some influential American families and how genius and notoriety is passed on through the generations.
"To anyone interested in noting human characteristics there is no study more fascinating than the effects of heredity and prenatal environment upon the achievements and developments of a man's mature life."We'd amend that to read "person's life" and drop the word prenatal. This year's quilt follows that theme: Heredity & Environment. How certain families generation after generation become American Stars--- famous (for good deeds and bad) and how one can tell the story of the country through their lives.
“At Stanford White’s death, the pain was terrible... a depressing crisis for McKim – he was in and out, his health failed, and he died in 1909.”Into the next generation Charles's only surviving child Margaret McKim married Dr. William J. M. A. Maloney (1881-1952) in 1913. William, born in Scotland, became a strong advocate of Irish independence, contributing his writings to gathering support for the Irish War of Independence in the teens. With Oswald Garrison Villard, nephew of Lucy McKim and Wendell Garrison, he formed the American Committee for Relief in Ireland in the 1920s.
Saturday, January 8, 2022
1858 Ladies' Fair in Boston to raise money for the poor.Doll houses were a popular feature at fund-raising fairs.The women's fund-raising fair was a 19th-century phenomenon that goes back at least into the 1820s, when fairs generated charity donations for education and the poor.In 1827 women in Baltimore held one to fund donations toGreeks fighting a war of independence.Philadelphian Rebecca Gratz did not think much of ladies' fairs. She outlined her objections in an 1834 letter to to her sister-in-law Maria Gratz in Lexington, Kentucky.
"Fair gossiping is so much in fashion throughout our country...It appears a very exceptionable service which employs the rich to do work for 'fairs' ---which might be do much more useful to the poor---many ingenious ladies in very reduced circumstances supply or shops with fancy articles the proceeds of which maintain their families---a 'Fair' is advertised to forward a scholarship for some church, or pay for an asylum attached to a religious institution---and all the weak-minded, and pious females for miles round & in the city spend months in manufacturing trifles...."
"A whole week was consumed in...one of these Fairs last spring at Washington Hall-a large sum of money received----and many just complaints [were] murmured by regular vendors."
She pointed out that regular vendors, shop owners and professionals were not pleased with amateur competition.
Women staffed the fair tables or booths, particularly attractive young women, who could flirt and persuade a gentleman to pay a bit more than the item was actually worth.
"Mothers and prudes were shocked that young & Innocent girls should be bartering pin cushions & smiles at these sanctified table at an expense of modesty..."
Rebecca was not much of a prude but she probably didn't like her nieces trading smiles for money at the tables.
As time went on objections to the ladies' fair were mostly forgotten and Ladies's Bazaars became a staple of antislavery organizations and Civil War soldiers' charities.
We'll be talking about fund raising fairs at the January 2022 Six Know It Alls Show that premieres this Wednesday. Tickets with permanent access so you can watch it anytime: $12
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
One "official set" is a distinctly New York idea---linking the sampler blocks by leaving the corners empty, then filling them with an image that makes a secondary pattern, such as hearts.