WELCOME to Block of the Month (BOM) 2017
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Block of the Month 2017

The theme of the 2017 Block of the Month is Love Letters from the Civil War.  
The idea and blocks are adapted from the book "The Civil War Love Letter Quilt" by
Rosemary Youngs.  We will be making twelve blocks out of the 121 letter and blocks
from her book.  

The beginning four blocks of the year are based on Rutherford B. Hayes letters to his
wife.  It seemed appropriate since he later became president even though he did not win
the popular vote!

Amherst B. Cheney features in the next set of blocks.  Born in Ohio, he enlisted in the
Michigan 21st Infantry when he was 20 years old.  He regularly corresponded with
Clementine "Tina" Heath until he was honorably discharged after being injured in 1865.
He married (but not Tina!) and returned home to Michigan to teach.  He was later elected
to the US House of Representatives.  Tina's story also had a happy ending.  She married
Amherst's brother Zerah!

July's letter writer is Newton Robert Scott.  He enlisted in the Iowa Volunteers at the age
of 21 but survived the war and lived to be 83 years old!  

Samuel Matson Fox is August's letter writer.  He was a drummer from New Jersey.  One
of six children, his parents died when he was very young.  He enlisted with his brother
when he was 21.  As drummers, they didn't carry rifles, but wrote many letters home to
their siblings about all the battles they witnessed.  


February: March in the Mountains

March: Skirmishing, Cannon Firing and Uproar

April: Pleasant Campaign

May: A Beautiful Picture

June: Back Home

July: Travels

August: Jersey Boys

September: Treat From Home

The Monitor

Later in the year, we will explore women's issues and how they relate to the modern
women of today.  We'll discuss dying techniques of the Civil War era.  We'll also delve
into many options for setting the blocks for the finished quilt.

We will display your interpretation of each block at every meeting.  

Those who complete blocks will be entered into a raffle to win a prize each month.  

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
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.
Block of the Month
Board Member - Linda Neikem