Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hands Across Time Sampler

Here's a few of my favorite blocks from the sampler on my bed shown here. Several of you asked for more details and since my house is still in disarray I thought it would be a good time to post about this quilt. I'm waiting for the carpet installers to come and finish today. Yay! I'll be thrilled to get my house back to "normal' and organized.
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.

Palmetto Tree
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.


Cotton Boll
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.

The Arch
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.

The group of ladies that designed this (including myself) made 2 quilts. One for McCall's and one from Benartex fabric. When we were done showing the quilts we had a drawing to see who would be the owner of the quilts. I was not a winner, but I had made my own version, which is shown on my bed and in the close ups in this post. This magazine is dated 2002 and can still be found on ebay every now and then..
It is a beautiful quilt and I love the border. I hope you've enjoyed learning more about it.


  1. Love this! I just want to find time to learn applique.

    I didn't realize you had been published...way cool. How is the other "project" going that we had discussed?

  2. what an interesting post. This English gal didn't know what a cotton boll was until now. I was particularly drawn to your quilting. I am still dithering about how to quilt the sampler quilt I made with you.

  3. I made this quilt when your pattern book first came out. I enjoyed every block. I gifted it to a dear friend and it now lives in Australia. Thanks for sharing yours. It brings back wonderful memories.
    Great job on the pattern.

  4. I have this magazine and always loved this quilt!! I did not know it was yours, how cool!

  5. Love this post Lori, so nice to feel like you have been part of making some history. In years to come the next generation will be looking for that magazine. How much will it be on ebay by then!

  6. Heck yeah let's do an eagle sew along :0)
    And to think the turkey nearly became our American symbol.
    Ben Franklin wasn't always right :0)

    Love your quilt, thanks for the close ups.

    Happy Sewing

  7. I love eagle quilts too would love to see you do a sampler of eagles !
    I always loved this quilt and remember when you all made it and the magazine came out.
    thanks for sharing your close ups and the story behind the blocks

    Happy for you the room is almost done!

  8. I loaned my copy of the magazine to a friend a long time ago. I never made the quilt but seeing yours makes me think I should do that. I didn't know that you were involved in the making of the quilt for the magazine. I think an eagle sampler is a very good idea. I love eagle designs.

  9. LOVE the idea of an eagle sampler! I have been collecting pictures of eagle inspiration quilts for some time, but can never make up my mind where to start. A sampler is genius!

  10. That is a beautiful quilt and enjoyed seeing the closeups.


  11. Lori this is just precious... Thanks for sharing and for the block history as well.


  12. Love this quilt! I think I have that magazine - now I need to go dig through and find it!

  13. What a wonderful quilt! Very cool that you had part in the creation of it. I'd love to watch an eagle SAL! : )

  14. loved seeing the blocks close up and getting more information about each one of these. very interesting~!


  15. Great blocks and wonderful to have been part of this project. I love the cotton ball block best - it is one of my very favourite applique blocks - a whole quilt of them would be so stunning too.

  16. This quilt was on your bed when my SIL and I visited you a few years ago. It is gorgeous. I especially like the eagle and cotton boll blocks. I have been thinking about making something with an eagle for a while - not too seriously, but a little. There is a table topper in one of Kim Diehl's books that I like. Now that I feel more comfortable with appliqué, I think I would like to do some eagles.

  17. I have that magazine tucked away for someday! I wonder if someday will ever come? ;o)

  18. Great post! Love your quilt and reading about the blocks and their history. Will have to keep a lookout for that magazine! Love the Cotton Boll block, it's gorgeous! An eagle sampler would be fun too. I agree, that border is pretty special! Gorgeous and even better knowing you were a part of it :0)

    1. Turns out I have the magazine! DH came home with a box of quilting books and magazines from an estate sale a few weeks ago. It's taking me awhile to go thru them all and this magazine was sitting with the red, white and blue side up. I picked it up this afternoon and that border caught my eye but it was upside down. I flipped it over and WOW was I surprised!!! DH thought I flipped too! and there is another eagle on the flip side :0) Made my day! Have a great holiday weekend!

  19. Great to see the blocks up close and learn more about them. It is even better close up!

  20. Love the Cotton Boll block. Great appliqué sampler - congrats on the front cover!!!

  21. Lori, Don't I wish that I had that magazine now that I've seen your quilt! The idea of an eagle sampler is genius!!! I, too, have saved pictures of different quilts with eagles on them because the history interests me so much. My usual thanks for all of the inspiration that I get from your blog.

  22. Lori, you are genius! What a wonderful quilt! I am glad you made your own to share with us. That eagle has me totally smitten! I love the history of the blocks too. I don't do applique, sadly, but sure enjoy seeing it. What will you cook up next?

  23. Oh, I recall that magazine. I couldn't find it locall at the time. What a beauty! The Cotton Boll block has always put fear in me!

  24. Great quilt! Love the arch and seeing the other blocks close up.
    Jill had told me about it, so it was fun to see the quilt.

  25. I found my pictures and magazine - Posted about it here:
    Thanks for the memories!

  26. That was so interesting! Your applique work is just superb.

  27. I love that Cotton Ball block. So beautiful! You picked the perfect fabric for the Arch, just perfect. Love the Eagle block too. And the palmetto is so interesting. Love it all. It was fun learning about each block. Thank you so much for sharing.

  28. I made this quilt and loved doing each block. I appreciate the time, effort and thoughtfulness that went into creating this sampler. I think I enjoyed the story behind each block as much as I did stitching it. Thank you.


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