Featured Member Quilts: May 1

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Barbara Gibson’s “Quilt of Honor” captures our hearts. She writes that it has taken a couple of months but is finally done. She’s still finishing up the pillow shams. The pattern came from the Fons & Porter Quilting Magazine, Sept 12, and Barbara believes that it is probably still online at the Fons & Porter site or could be found at a library that takes the publication and keeps back issues. She writes,

“Theoriginal is not large enough for a bed, but I added two rows of “stripes” and a double border (for a total of 16 inches extra on all sides), so that it finishes up at 98 inches square.

Barbara’s work has been very popular with our readers and we’d just like to say “Thank You” for sharing it. It is beautiful and the meaning carries the beauty of our spirits.

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The Homestead National Monument of America outside of Beatrice, Nebraska, has graciously shared with our readers this historic 1867 Reconciliation Quilt which will be on display at their Heritage Center from May 4-June 16. It will be on loan, along with nine historic Log Cabin Quilts, from the International Quilt Studies Center and Museum. The Log Cabin quilts cover the period from 1870 – 1930.

The Reconciliation Quilt was made by Lucinda Ward Honstain of New York. It is the most expensive quilt ever sold at auction. It was purchased for $264,000 in 1991 and donated to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. It offers a personal glimpse of life right after the Civil War. The three block applique at the center represents her home in Brooklyn. One block celebrates the right of former slaves to vote, which became law in 1867. Another shows the newly freed Jefferson Davis reuniting with his daughter. Another shows a former slave meeting a man on horseback and saying “Master, I am free”.

Homestead writes about the visiting collection,

“The Reconciliation Quilt shows stories of our country healing and reuniting after the Civil War in 40 unique quilt blocks. The history of quilt making and the pioneer experience are captured in the unique collection of Log Cabin Quilts. Each quilt reflects the rich tradition of life on the prairie in the 19th and early20th Centuries. Quilts were often produced for utility but they have become some of the most beautiful representatives of American Folk Art.”

“Donít miss the opportunity to see the Log Cabin Quilts collection on display at Homesteadís Education Center, and the Reconciliation Quilt atHomesteadís Heritage Center. Homestead National Monument is outside ofBeatrice, NE; find out more about our quilts and events at nps.gov/HOME. Share us, too!”

Thank you, Homestead, for sharing this fanastic historical quilt with our quilting community at 24 Blocks. We appreciate the detail you have given, both about the quilt and about Homestead. We wish you the best in the upcoming exhibition.

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Ruth Louck uploaded photos of three wall hangings using the same pattern but differing color fabrics and intensities. They are lovely separately, but stunning together. The others are in yellow and purple. We loved her comment,

“Thefirst attempt at this pattern (not shown, LOL) was a bit of a disaster,I thought I was smarter than the instructions and didn’t pay attention.This was my second attempt–reading and following the written word–and I was very pleased with how it turned out. The blue with yellow combo stars was commissioned as a wall hanging, and the purple one was inspired by the background fabric..

The block is about 40″ square.

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We had earlier featured another of Starr DeJesus’s lap quilts, made for the daughters of a nephew who is in the Army and being relocated to Alaska. This is the other one and she calls it the “girly, girl quilt”. The pattern, she writes, comes from “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks“, Spring ’12 issue. Shoes, hats and a bag!

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What more can we say that what this quilt says? It was made by Connie Pruss for a friend who has cancer. It is “What Cancer Cannot Do”. Quilts carry messages. Thank you, Connie, for sharing this message. We will keep it in our hearts.



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