|10" Stitcher's Square Quilt Block Pattern Information|
Do you love to quilt AND love to read? I invite you to join the free, online Quilters' Book Club. Each month, we read a book, discuss it through comments on my blog posts, and then make a quilt block to represent that book. I research several potential blocks to go with the book's themes, setting, main characters, and events. And I find the patterns free on the internet, making it easy for everyone to access. Each member can choose the block or blocks they'd like to make. To join, become a follower of my blog so you won't miss any blog post. To make it super convenient, you can also sign up for my posts to be delivered right to you via email. If you love to quilt and read, please join us! It's easy to jump in anytime. Check out the Quilters' Book Club Schedule right here.
Our book to read and discuss during February 2014 is Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. Get the book from your local library or bookstore and join us! If you want to read it on your Kindle, you can get it here.
Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker was Elizabeth Keckley. Here is some additional background information on her from American National Biography Online:
"Keckley, Elizabeth Hobbs (1820?-26 May 1907), White House dressmaker during the Lincoln administration and author, was born in Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia, the daughter of George Pleasant and Agnes Hobbs, slaves. Her birth date is variously given from 1818 to 1824 based on different documents that report her age. The identity of her father is also uncertain; in later life Keckley reportedly claimed that her father was her master, Colonel A. Burwell. George Pleasant, who was owned by a different master, was allowed to visit only twice a year and was eventually taken west.
"Elizabeth's life as a slave included harsh, arbitrary beatings 'to subdue her stubborn pride,' frequent moves to work for often poor family members, and being 'persecuted for four years' by Alexander Kirkland, a white man, by whom she had a son. Her life improved when she was loaned to a Burwell daughter, Anne Garland, with whose family Keckley moved to
If you'd like to make a quilt block to represent Elizabeth Keckley, here are some ideas to get you started:
Calico Spools Quilt Block shown below
Miniature Spools Quilt Block
Notions Quilt Blocks paper-pieced patterns for a pin cushion and a button jar
Star of Virginia Quilt Block
|Calico Spools Quilt Block|
Do you also make clothing, or do you only make quilts? Inquiring minds want to know! Answer in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. Plume Books is generously offering two copies of the book. If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others. Winner will be announced March 1.
In March, the Quilters' Book Club will be reading and discussing A Drunkard's Path by Clare O'Donohue. It's a mystery set in New York and is second in her Someday Quilts Mysteries Series. Get the book from your library or local bookstore now and be ready to join us!
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Hairpin Catcher Quilt Block and a Bad Hair Day.