Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Ladies' Aid Sampler #12: Birds They Sow Not


Ladies' Aid Sampler #12: Birds: They Sow Not by Denniele Bohannon

Our final New York album block recalls the women of Rochester who organized a Soldiers' Aid Society during the Civil War. They published a professional looking newspaper after 1862 but apparently
neglected fundraising and treasurer's reports.

Augustus Hoppin's llustration in The Tribute Book

One day in 1863 they discovered they had one penny in the bank.

Frank Goodrich in his 1865 Tribute Book found this amusing enough to devote a few pages to the Rochester group in his Record of the Munificence, Self-sacrifice and Patriotism of The American People..... 
 Birds: They Sow Not by Becky Brown

The Rochesterites may have sewed but like the Biblical birds, "The fowls of the air:...they sow not, neither do they reap."

Once financial facts became clear:
"The energy, zeal and ingenuity, which had thus far lain dormant in the Rochester breast, now awoke to action. A standing committee on finance was appointed, whose duty it was to invent, devise or otherwise procure, the means of raising money, and a Christmas fair was unanimously decided upon."
The fair raised over $10,000--- above a list of the various

Rochester Public Library Collection
The December, 1863 fair was held in Corinthian Hall.

#12 by Barbara Schaffer

Followed up by a fundraising Strawberry Festival in summer, 1864.

Treasurer's Report 1864. Fair earnings were invested in bonds. 
Perhaps this very competent Mrs. George Gould was Rachel Carpenter Gould (1823-1899)

The Block

Robyn Revelle Gragg added four red dots

Simple birds in profile were popular imagery on album quilts.

Inspiration is Mary Barnard Hill's quilt by Presbyterian church members
 in Maltaville, New York, in the Smithsonian's Collection.

Similar bird composition drawn from an album quilt in
Woodard & Greenstein's inventory

Barbara Schaffer's New York Ladies' Aid Album complete
with the red sash they liked so much.

#12 Birds by Barbara Brackman, who is
appliqueing stars in the corner of the blocks.

Ladies' Aid Album Sampler by Becky Brown

And we are finished!
Be sure to post your progress on our Facebook group page:
Ask to join, we'll let you in pronto.

Further Reading:

Goodrich's The Tribute Book online:

And see more about Mary Benton Bernard Hill's 1847 quilt:

Robyn Revelle Gragg's

1 comment:

Wendy Caton Reed said...

They are all stunning! Kudos to all the wonderful quilters!