The block shown above represents similar quilt blocks that were used to create signature quilts for
Civil War soldiers. Other quilt patterns were used as well. To jump-start the "Home of the Brave"
quilt program, I devised quilt block instructions for a quilt made with this block. As a result,
thousands of quilts were made by volunteers and they were given to family members who lost a
military member in Iraq or Afghanistan. Ohio chose to use Nine Patch blocks for quilts made there.
While we piece, we pray for a lasting end to the conflict in the Middle East.
One of my current projects is a wholecloth white quilt that is queen size. What was I thinking when I took on this hand
quilting project? I am ever thankful to the machine quilter, Tracy Zimmerman Szanto,who basted it for me!
In Print Recently
Quilter's Newsletter magazine includes a summary of information I shared with them in an article written by Gigi Khlasa titled
"What's Your Quilt Worth?," August/September 2014, No. 441, pages 38-41.
Some Files Posted on This Website
Colchas of New Mexico: A History
Wholecloth Quilts Made by Andrea Strache
Poem "You Know You Are A Quilter..." by Patricia Cummings, in English and with a German
Sholette Quilt - History of a Popular Design
American Precision Museum
Egyptian Imports: A Celebration of Appliquéd Canvases and Papyrus Art Traditions
Books and Patterns for Sale
Redwork Embroidery: An Overview
Quilts and the Underground Railroad
In the past I have extensively refuted the "secret quilt code" in print sources. I feel sorry for anyone
who believes this new American myth.
Bark Cloth Then and Now