Friday, November 19, 2010

Inspiration from the Oldies…

…old quilts that is!!  At Quilting on Monday, one of the quilters brought this book to share…”Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery”.


In this book, Barbara Brackman tells the stories, history and myths regarding the quilts made by slaves during the time of slavery, emancipation, and the Underground Railroad.  Slaves of the deep South often preserved their memories with quilts, some actually telling stories…and these quilts have became part of their history. 

This was one that caught my eye…’Birds in the Air’- representing the act of Freedom and emancipation. 


Simple yet stunning!


If you look closely…it’s a simple nine patch in the middle…larger corner blocks and sashing…three petals (representing their wings of freedom) on the corners!  SEW simple but SEW effective!!


This is a book that I would love to read and add to my quilting library!   I would even like to make a quilt or two from it…!

Other Quilting NEWS~

Have you checked out Cheri’s blog…she is showing the cutest Scrappy Dresden Turkey…and if you go HERE you can see a video on how to make one!


And Home For the Holidays is featuring more fun from Plum Cute Designs…she has a Plum Cute Stitchery pattern for us!!  Candy Canes and Snowmen heads…LOVE IT!!


Finally it’s the FRIDAY NIGHT SEW-IN…AND YES, I have the right day this time! :o) …SEW come on and join in the fun…!

Have a FUN Friday and Happy Quilting!~P


  1. I think I just saw that book at the shop. I will take a closer look. Fascinating! Thanks!

  2. I watched the Dresden turkey video earlier today. Looks so easy to make. I have a Dresden template that will work for it. I hope to make one over the weekend. Are you going to make one?

  3. I wanted to get that one, but our library only had her other ones. Love looking at the old pictures.


  4. Oh yes , I do love that ’Birds in the Air’ block..and I too can see a beautiful quilt in repros with this block..The book looks very interesting, I love reading stories about quilts and how they came to be..
    Julia ♥

  5. I love this topic and Barbara Brackman. I'm still working on my second slavery inspired quilt. It sounds so wrong to say that. I should say it is inspired by the stories told in The Book of Negroes

  6. The Birds in the Air block, to which Brackman refers, is also known as the Honey Bee.
    To further confuse the issue, most people know of the Birds in the Air block as being made of triangles.