Quilts to Inspire Us Towards A New Year

This morning we’d like to show some beautiful quilted works that will, hopefully, inspire you as the New Year is around the corner. All are from our readers and the captions are in their own words. Their intricacy appealed this morning.

from Diana Buckley: “Here’s my interpretation of a Judy Niemeyer Wedding Star quilt. It was commissioned as a Christmas present, Seldom Seen Quilting. I finished it just in time and will deliver it tomorrow morning.

from: Dee Snook: “Hand pieced and hand quilted for a wedding gift.”

from Danielle Catanese: “My “Carrie Nation” quilt made from Civil War Reproductions. I cut the pattern out of a magazine and don’t remember the name. One block is 2-four patches of 2 1/2″ squares and 2-four patches of 1 1/2″ squares(4) and 2 1/2″ squares(2). Repeat 144 times and you have a quilt for a king sized bed! Strip piecing can make it easier and using scraps can give interest.

The “Carrie Nation” pattern was first printed in The Kansas City Star in 1940. We’re not sure exactly why this pattern was called “Carrie Nation” after the repeal of Prohibition but are assuming that maybe it was based on a quilt that Mrs. Nation owned herself. There are a whole series of quilts that are loosely referred to as “Prohibition Quilts”. “Drunkard’s Path”, “T Blocks” and “Water Goblets” were common. Kansas, of course, saw the beginning of Carrie Nation’s direct action against saloons. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union had been founded in Ohio in 1874, but in 1900 one the members, Carrie Nation, started smashing hotel bars and saloons in Wichita and other places in Kansas. The WCTU used quilts as fundraisers and, sometimes, the signatures of people who had “taken the pledge” not to serve alcohol in their homes, or to drink, were embroidered in.

Above is a close-up of some of the blocks Danielle made before they were assembled.

Thanks to everyone who has shared their wonderful work, and their enjoyment of quilting, with us all!

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