You're not sure when or if he is coming home. You give him a kiss, huswife and quilt.
My 'civil war' quilt is a mixture of old and new fabrics. The old blocks (blue and red) probably date from the late 1800s, maybe some of them have older fabrics. I found them in an estate sale (on the internet). The basic pattern is 'square on square'. The pattern fits the estimated date, in the book 500 quiltblocks from Maggie Malone the block is known as: unnamed 1858. So can give a clue about the age of the blocks.
I added the cream blocks with the union eagle (free pattern on the internet), stars and borders myself. The blocks are machine-stitched.
Yesterday Dieuwke and I spend the evening to sandwich the quilt. It's ready to quilt now.
Did you know that?
- at the end of the war 250.000 quilts were made for Union (North) soldiers by women.
- most of these quilts were lost on the batteflied, because they were worn out, or because soldiers were buried in their quilts.
- the military requested that quilts should be made about: 4 feet x 7 feet
- about 625.000 men were killed in the civil war (World War I - 115.000, World War II - 400.000)