Featured Member Quilts: May 9

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Rita Green’s “Drunkard’s Path” has been very popular with our readers and we all can see why. She writes that she set it together as “Solomon’s Puzzle” and that it took a while to piece the top. She machine quilted it with a meandering pattern, which does go with the theme. She worked on it off and on for a year.

“Drunkard’s Path” and “Solomon’s Puzzle” are sometimes referred to as “Temperance Quilts”. Along with the “Temperance Tee”, they became very popular with the 350,000 members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union by 1907. Some quilt historians say that more quilts were made for the WCTU cause than any other. The WCTU was founded in 1874 and quilts were always part of their activities. Local groups sometimes held fundraisers in which women would pay a small amount to have their names embroidered on what were called “Crusader Quilts”. It is possible that the earlier “Solomon’s Puzzle” pattern was borrowed for the Temperance Movement with variants called “Drunkard’s Path”. The traditional colors for Temperance Quilts were blue and white. White was for purity and blue for water, the purest drink. 🙂 Later more “Drunkard’s Path” quilts were done in red and white. Today, of course, quilters are free to take the delightful pattern and experiment with all kinds of fabrics and patterns. We make our own path.

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Sharon Mason not only quilted this beautiful wall hanging but she gave us all a great idea for displaying our own. She keeps a curtain rod on one wall of her living room and that allows her to rotate them as art. She just did this very modern and dramatic quilt, finishing it up Monday night. Thanks, Sharon, for sharing the great idea with us. Love your color choices, too!

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Sheryl Wilhelm shared with us this “Dresden Plate” (or “Chinese Aster” or “Sunflower”). She writes,

“Sow Love is a group of women who make quilts for people in our town who need a little something to cheer them up, and to let them know they are loved.

It is beautiful and we can only say “Bravo”. We all sew and sow.

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Gerri Helquist only made a short statement when she uploaded this photo, “Over one year in the making, finally finished.” We all understand! We can, however, revel in the stunning beauty of her work. It is intricate. It took a master eye for design to get the color and fabric placed to get this amazing balance. It’s just top-flight work. Thank you, Gerri, for sharing it with our 24 Blocks quilting community.

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Joyce Hilton has used bright and dramatic colors in her “Cathedral Windows” that she just finished up. It adds some jazz to a traditional pattern.

Thanks to all of you who have uploaded photos of your work to our 24 Blocks Facebook page. Our readers always like hearing, too, about the pattern that was used, construction details, and stories of inspiration.

Social media allows us to learn from each other and to be inspired by each other’s ideas and work.

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