From the Massachusetts project & the Quilt Index
Turkey red and white album block. A popular look after 1880.
The National Tribune was a newspaper published from
1877 through the early 20th century for Union veterans of the Civil War.
W.R.C. = Women's Relief Corps
Wives and families of veterans were also readers and contributors, whether official members of the W.R.C., the auxiliary of the men's G.A.R. organization or not.
Lucia L Whitney of South Dakota sent an article with a how-to for a commemorative quilt suitable for beds in a Soldiers' Home. She advised twenty-four red and white blocks in an "album quilt" design with names of "dead heroes," soldiers and soldiers' wives and children.
Beaver County, Pennsylvania project & the Quilt Index
What was an album quilt pattern?
Massachusetts project & the Quilt Index
Red and white album quilt designs were quite the thing at the time.
Regional ideas and individual design choices were a factor.
Kansas State Historical Society Collection
Veteran's names inscribed on a quilt from LaCygne, Kansas
GAR quilt, Ohio, James Frasca Auction House
The instructions: Buy 5 yards of "fadeless red."