You may have noticed a new button cropping up in blog land that looks like this.
The button ( I have one on my sidebar if you scroll down) will take you to Barbara Brackman's Block of the Week and I've decided to jump in and participate. You can find out all about it by visiting the blog Barbara created especially for this BOW program at http://grandmotherschoice.blogspot.com
For 49 weeks, Barbara, a well-known quilt historian and author who regularly blogs at Barbara Brackman's Material Culture, will be posting some really interesting stories of how women got the right to vote as well as instructions for an 8" finished quilt block based on the story. Barbara and her friends also provide three color choices, so there is lots of information and inspiration.
The quilt blocks are all based on the fight for women's rights, and what a story has already been told! Each Saturday, Barbara shares a new block for the Grandmother's Choice quilt on The Saturday Morning Post. This is the banner she uses for the blog:
I was a little late to the gate, but had been interested in this when I first heard about it last summer. I have several plastic bins filled with civil war/reproduction fat quarters and was waiting for the right project to come along. The BOW started on the first Saturday in September but I just never seemed to have the time to get started. Well, this week I started and quickly caught up with all 6 blocks in no time at all.
1. Grandmother's Choice
2. Amyethyst Suffragettes
3. Union Square: Red for Rebellion
4. Kansas Sunflower
(P.S. This was the most difficult block I have ever made in my life, complete with applique and set-in seams, but I refused to give up!)
5. New Jersey Suffrage Pioneer
6. Aunt Eliza's Star
As you can see, I am using a variety of colors and lots of variation with size of pattern which I think will keep the quilt pretty interesting. Hope you will think about participating! One block a week...that's it! Have a look at the Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/groups/grandmotherschoice/ to see what other folks are making.
I have a little quilt top to show you! At the same time as I was on the Alaskan quilting cruise in August with quilt teachers Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts and Lynn Hagemeier of Kansas Troubles Quilts participating in The Great Girlfriend Getaway, Pam was offering a free 8-week quiltalong on her blog. I was kind of busy...yep,very busy, cruising and quilting, but loved Pam's blocks as they rolled out each week. So this week, I grabbed my iPad for the instructions, went to my sewing corner, and completed the Pocket Patchwork Forget-Me-Not Quilt. I chose to use blues, creams, and tans...some fabrics from Pam's line, Heart of the Prairie, plus fabrics from my stash. The blocks are 5 inches square, so the entire quilt is just my size...18" x 27". Thanks, Pam, it was really fun to make and see it come together!
I'm off to see a quilt show
tomorrow today, Friday, at the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Will try to take lots of pics! I'll follow the show with a Mom, Me and Sisters Two weekend, and of course we will all be thinking of Sister Three who lives just too far away for our "girls"weekends.
It's a great day for quilting!