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Block of the Month 2018
The theme of the 2018 Block of the Month is Tales of First Ladies. These traditional
blocks pay tribute to first ladies who have earned their place in history.
Members will construct two blocks from the same pattern. The first "pin up" and drawing
will be in February.
Directions are provided for both the Go! Cutter and traditional rotary cutting.
Don't have a Go! Cutter? Members can bring their fabric cut to the measurements given
in the Go! instructions to Sew Time before the meeting. Go! Cutters with the appropriate
dies will be available.
1792 Cornerstone laid on the White House
The first block celebrates all the ladies of the White House. While Washington oversaw
the construction of the White House, it was John and Abigail Adams that were the first to
move in. In a letter to his wife, John Adams shared this sentiment:
"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this House and on all that shall hereafter
inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof."
1768-1849 Dolley Payne Todd Madison
The second block features Dolley Madison. Born a Quaker in North Carolina, she
married James Madison after the death of her first husband. When the War of 1812
brought the British to Washington, she stayed behind while other residents fled. She went
from room to room saving historically precious items like the Constitution and the
Declaration of Independence.
1861-1943 Hellen "Nellie" Taft
The third block features Hellen Taft. She first visited the White House at the age of 17
with her father as a guest of President Hayes. She vowed to return one day as First Lady.
She had met William Taft when they were both children and they travelled the world
together after they were married. In the White House, she was the first First Lady to ride
in the Inaugural Parade. Despite suffering from a stroke two months after the
Inauguration, she still made her mark on Washington, DC. It was at her suggestions that
the 3,000 cherry trees were planted in Potomac Park.
1884-1962 Eleanor Roosevelt
Its is said that she was afraid of becoming the first lady because she worried that she
would lose her identity. She was a force of nature and a strong personality, meeting with
the average American and becoming the eyes and ears of her husband Franklin Delano
Roosevelt after he was confined to a wheelchair due to polio. She was so busy that she
had little time for housekeeping or menu planning. The visiting king and queen of England
were once served hot dogs at a White House dinner!
More blocks to come....
1864-1947 Frances Folsom Cleveland
She was the youngest first lady when she married Grover Cleveland at only twenty one
years of age. She captured the heart of the country and people flocked to the White
House to meet her at receptions that Frances would hold on Saturday afternoons so that
working women could attend.
1831-1889 Lucy Webb Hayes
Wife of Rutherford B. Hayes, she was nicknamed "Lemonade Lucy" after she decided not
to serve alcohol at the White House as she believed it undignified. She was a proponent
of abolition of slavery and rights for women. She is quoted as saying "Woman's mind is
as strong as man's...equal in all things and superior in some."
Block 1: Ladies of the White House - January/February
Block 2: Dolley Madison - March/April
Block 3: Hellen "Nellie" Taft - May/June (Alternate instructions for Quilt of Valor Block)
Block 4: Eleanor Roosevelt - July/August
We will display your interpretation of each block at the meeting. Those who complete
blocks will be entered into a raffle to win a prize.
There will have be a limited number of printed instructions at each meeting. If you have the
capacity to receive these instructions electronically, please do not take a printed copy.
The instruction have been scanned in a PDF format and will be emailed to those
members that have email addresses listed in the membership list. Let’s save a few trees
while we’re at it.
If you plan to combine these twelve blocks into a single quilt project at the end of the year,
you may consider gathering all of your fabric at the start. Here is a list of fabric needed to
complete the blocks.
Focus Fabric one fat quarter
Background seven fat quarter or 1 1/4 yards
Color family one four fat quarters
Color family two four fat quarters
Color family three three fat quarters
Color family four four fat quarters
Accent two fat quarters
Block of the Month 2017
Joan Fritz brought in her completed patriotic Block of the Month to the March meeting,
winning herself an Oliso smart iron donated by Oh Sew Sally.
Just in case you haven't finished your 2017 Block of the Month, click on over to the 2017
BOM page for the block instructions.
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|Board Member - Linda Neikam & Mary Oehrlein