Civil War Remembered 2011
This is a group quilt made for
Barbara Brackman in appreciation
of her Civil War Block of the Week
featuring a weekly history lesson
and quilt pattern.
Last January Barbara Brackman
started a blog and would post a new
block each week on Saturdays at 7am.
Dustin started a Flickr site so we could
all share our progress. After we all consulted
tech support (the youngsters in our lives) to
find out how to add photos, the circle of
friends started. Each week we would share
our progress, our photos and our lives.
Becky came up with the idea to make a group
quilt as a thank you for Barbara. Quilters from
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia,
the Netherlands, Portugal and 19 states in the
USA participated. The most popular name among
the participants was... Barbara ~ there were 4 of
them. The Barbara Frietchie Star, Indiana Puzzle,
Log Cabin & Lincoln's Platform were the most
popular blocks ~ they each appear 3 times.
The quilt was assembled by Becky Brown and
quilted by Deb Jacobs. We just found out from
Barbara that the quilt is being photographed to
be included in the companion book to the series.
My block is the 4th row down, 3rd from the left.
It has navy corners with a white pinwheel in the
center. My quilt that I will make from my blocks
will be especially significant to me since I made
mine all around the world this year. I can remember
arriving in Cairo on a night flight and while everyone
went for dinner I was hand stitching my block all
alone in my hotel room listening to the sounds
from the street of a country that had just gone
through a revolution. What memories!
I have taken what I call my "Brackman
Bag" with me all around the world. It is
filled with some fabric and supplies and I
have been able to finish my block each week.
Surprisingly, I have never been questioned
by a customs official about the rotary cutter.
Any quilter knows that could be a lethal weapon!
I want to say to my Civil War Family, this
quilt has "stitched" us together as friends.