Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Soldier's Quilt



This Double Violet fabric design is the header for Cottonopia and from an 1863-68 sample book of mine.
 




My newest line, A Soldier's Quilt, by Washington Street Studio was introduced at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, OR.  Delivery is scheduled for October, 2018.

This design above is my favorite in the book.  The double violet version is the document color....there are 2 others. 
This image is from 8" X 8" piece of artwork. The sprigs are approximately 1 1/4" square.

Two additional colorations....double pinks and a grayed green.





The pencil stripe background is 2 shades of taupe.




I will be posting a series of short essays about the lead up to The War, the creation of the Sanitary Commission and their call for quilts or comforts.  
 


I grew up in a state that was formed during the American Civil War—West Virginia. Non-slaveholding western Virginia opposed secession. In June of 1861, a delegation in Wheeling (my home town) organized a government with allegiance to the Union. West Virginia became a state in 1863. As children, we played ‘North and South’!

The differences between the two regions of the country were not only political but also social and economic. Townspeople and small farmers populated New England where the soil and the topography were not suitable for large-scale plantations. Northern waterpower was the fuel for the American Industrial Revolution. The wealth and political power of the North came from industry and commerce. The South, however, was an agrarian society based on ‘old money’ and dominated politically by the planter class. The price of cotton at mid century was high and the market in both New England and Europe was strong. Southern plantation owners wanted more and more land plus cheap labor to sustain this boom.

2 comments:

  1. Can Hardly wait for this fabric line to come out so I can add it to my charm quilts!!!

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  2. I'm looking forward to these!

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