Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2017 Block of the Month: Yankee Diary



Next year this blog will feature a free Block of the Month pattern called Yankee Diary. Each month in 2017 you'll get a pieced or applique pattern for a Civil War reproduction sampler inspired by several patriotic quilts from the time.

I've been reading the diary of Caroline Cowles Richards who worked on many quilts in Canandaigua, New York, in the 1850s and '60s. She wrote about them in her diary, which also gives us insight into life for fortunate girls in the mid-19th century.

 Civil War era tea party in Richmond, Virginia.

As Carrie Richards discusses the coming of the War in her town we'll be stitching stars and stripes and dogs and flags. You may recall we did a Dixie Diary quilt a few years ago, focusing on Sarah Morgan's Louisiana  journal A Confederate Girl's Diary.

Moose Bay Muses version
of the Dixie Diary

Carrie and sister Anna

We'll go to upstate New York for our time travel in a Yankee Diary. Sarah and Carrie begin the War in parallel fashion, a little bit spoiled, a little bit self-absorbed. Both matured under very different circumstances.

A few of the inspiration blocks for Yankee Diary







You'll have to wait till next year---the last Wednesday of January,
which is January 25, 2017---to see the first block.

We'll discuss color schemes and fabrics before then.

23 comments:

Suzanne A said...

How exciting!

Suzanne A said...

How exciting!

Scrap and quilts said...

I have yet to finish the blocks for this year sew-along. (I fell off the wagon in August.) Still, I am happy to hear about this new sew-along. :^D It'll be fun, I just know it! Thanks for doing these sew-along. ;^)

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Sounds intriguing. Oh boy!

Laundered Cotton said...

You are so generous! I look forward to making this quilt and learning history from your posts along the way.

Cynthia Woodham said...

Look forward to it. Your block of the months are really interesting.

Colleen Yarnell said...

Exciting! I did take my Grandmothers choice to vote I tagged you on instagram!

WoolenSails said...

That sounds like fun and I have done the dog piece, that is my favorite.

Debbie

Danice said...

Wonderful. Looking so forward to this :)

Barbara Brackman said...

Colleen: I saw that!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

This sounds great!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Sounds like fun--can't wait!!

Judy said...

I will do what I can and join. I love your history. I'm in! Thank you!!

Cricketwood prims and gardens said...

I love the previewed blocks, I'm inspired!!

Lyn Underhill said...

I would love to start next year's BOM with everyone. Is there a Facebook Group I need to join or just follow the blog? Thank you Lyn

Barbara Brackman said...

Lyn
Just follow the blog. On a computer screen you'll see a spot where you can sign up for emails.
Doesn't show on a phone.

Maria said...

Excited about it. I may be have time to finished my civil war quilt and start with a new one.
Regards

Rina said...

I'm excited about the next quilt along, I learned so much this past ten months with the Westering Women, as I enjoyed to sew along so many Quilters all around the world!
Thank you Mrs. Barbara for bind us with pieces of gourgeus fabrics!

McLibrarian said...

This sounds wonderful - I can't wait! I so appreciate your BOMs, not only for the beautiful blocks but for the history and links you share as well. Thank you so much for all the time, research, and designing you do for us!!

desertskyquilts said...

What a wonderful idea. Thank you! I had wondered what might be next, hoping there would be something. I'm looking forward to your notes on the diary.

Kristi said...

This is my first time doing a quilt along with you. I've made lots of quilts, but never a reproduction. Can't wait too see the fabric ideas so I can go shopping!

Kathryn said...

Hoping to join you, and be able to keep up with the pace!

Yvonne Hollenbeck said...

Not only am I excited about once again joining in on the BOM, but my husband's great-grandmother was Sarah Cowles Hollenbeck, a wonderful quilter, who came to Nebraska to hmestead with her husband, Andrew, from upstate New York; lived in a sod house and raised 12 children. Now I am going to have to do some genealogy research to see if she and Carrie are kin, which is quite possible.