Historic Quilt Pattern PDF Block of the Month Sampler. 12 traditional blocks named
DIXIE DIARY BOM Civil War Quilts Sampler. 12 paper Patterns by Mail Original design by Barbara Brackman, quilt historian & fabric designer.
The 12 blocks and accurate history that goes with them comes from the diary of 20-year-old Southerner Sarah Morgan. When the Civil War began in 1861 she lived in Louisiana's capitol Baton Rouge. One of eight children from a wealthy family, she emjoyed a luxury that would soon be a hazy memory.
Her account of her family's Civil War experiences was published in 1913 as A Confederate Girl's Diary. The patterns follow Sarah's years as a refugee, a girl growing up in extraordinary circumstances. Each of the twelve blocks is named for a quote from Sarah.
The mailed-to-you pattern package contains 15 b& w pages, patterns for the 12" blocks with rotary cutting & simple applique templates, plus an intro with yardage and setting suggestions. The 15 pages include quotes from Sarah's Dixie Diary and there are links on each page to the Civil War Quilts blog post with more of the story and more ideas for settings, etc.
I’d rate the blocks as perfect for beginners, even 8 year olds. The applique is optional but the star and especially the heart are quite basic.
Series appeared in 2013 as a BOM sampler on my CivilWarQuilts blog. I'll keep the history stories up on the blog. Each pattern sheet gives you a link to that extended history of Sarah's trials and tribulations. The blog also shows you many quilts completed by readers who sewed along in 2013.
Paste this link into your browser to see the blocks. http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2016/05/dixie-diary-urls.html
You can now buy the patterns from me. I am offering the series in two formats with different pricing:
1) I will print these out in black & white and mail them to you in this listing. You pay an additional fee for the printing and the postage in a one-time package. $22.50
This is the pattern for the quilt--- not the actual quilt.
1 Her Flag Flying 2 Checkered Allegiances 3 Shouting Yankee Doodle 4 Asylum 5 Tokens of Dried Roses 6 Dreams of Home 7 Living Off Cornbread 8 Confederate Silver 9 The Hands of Strangers 10 Shooting Stars 11 Just Hominy 12 Turning Yankee