Appliqued eagles are a favorite of mine in antique quilts. Barb and I swapped eagle patterns/photos and have talked about making a sampler. What do you think about an eagle sampler?
This is what is written on the pattern about this block:
Eagle & Shield
The eagle, usually clutching either an olive branch (for peace) in one talon and /or weapons in the other, not only is America’s national bird, but her symbol of freedom as well. During the Civil War, eagles were a favorite design feature on Northern-made quilts. This version was adapted from a quilt of the period, and features an unusual twisted shield, symbolizing the broken state of the country.
The palmetto, with its graceful, drooping branches, was so endemic to South Carolina that its image became a symbol for the state, including the State Seal. A palmetto flag was even raised over Fort Sumter on April 13, 1861, when the Charleston outpost fell to the Confederates. This version of the palmetto was inspired by a design found on a Civil War era uniform button from South Carolina, complete with warlike arrows.
Tiny ridged whipstitches, placed tightly one after another, were the trademark of early to mid-19th century appliqué. Contrary to our modern beliefs, appliqué stitches were meant to stand out, not disappear under the edge of the patch. This Cotton Boll design appeared in Southern quilts during the days “when cotton was king.” Its many lobes took time and effort to appliqué evenly, making it a choice for the more experienced quiltmaker.
Baltimore Album-style appliqué quilts were all the rage in New England during the 1840s. Many of these elaborately appliquéd quilts featured buildings and statues, often in honor of a minister or military hero. This block, done in Baltimore style, shows the arch, or gatehouse, of Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The arch stood during the Battle of Gettysburg, and was used for cover by soldiers during battle; not far behind it, Lincoln gave his famous address in 1863.
It is a beautiful quilt and I love the border. I hope you've enjoyed learning more about it.