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.
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 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.