Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Underground Railroad Block of the Month - A Fascinating Story

Underground Railroad is a great book by Eleanor Burns and Sue Bouchard for Quilt in a Day. The back of the book reads, "The Underground Railroad story is one of the most dramatic chapters in our nation's history. It's a story about how countless slaves made their way out of bondage, risking death for freedom. Runaways met up with a "conductor" in the dark who whispered "follow me." They were guided on a arduous 250 mile journey from the South, intertwined throughout the North, and eventually ended in Canada. 

The most intriguing feature of the underground railroad was its lack of formal organization. Accounts are scarce because of the movement's secrecy. Ozella McDaniel Williams recently shared oral history of the Underground Railroad, passed down through her family for the last hundred and fifty years. Could her recount possibly be true? Were slaves really taught how to achieve safe passage just by following messages in certain quilt patterns?"

This book is filled with tips and lists to help you make your own beautiful Underground Railroad quilt. And we'd love to have you join us for this wonderful block of the month project!  We are using fabrics from Moda Kansas Troubles, Thimbleberries, and Civil War Reproductions.  We also include a story label on Printed Treasures that features a story depicting each block.  To order the book or the block of the month project, click here.  

And if you'd just like to read more about the history, here is another book to give you more perspective.  The fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, revealing how enslaved men and women made encoded quilts and then used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. 

In Hidden in Plain View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and scholar Raymond Dobard offer the first proof that certain quilt patterns, including a prominent one called the Charleston Code, were, in fact, essential tools for escape along the Underground Railroad. In 1993, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to "write this down," Williams began to describe how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. But just as quickly as she started, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she would learn the rest when she was "ready." During the three years it took for Williams's narrative to unfold--and as the friendship and trust between the two women grew--Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., an art history professor and well-known African American quilter, to help unravel the mystery.

Part adventure and part history, Hidden in Plain View traces the origin of the Charleston Code from Africa to the Carolinas, from the low-country island Gullah peoples to free blacks living in the cities of the North, and shows how three people from completely different backgrounds pieced together one amazing American story.  To order your copy, click here.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Super Hero Doll Panels Are Here!

New, from Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda fabrics, are the very cute Super Hero doll panels!  They come in a cute drawstring bag.  The panels can be used as towels, or cut up and made into panels.  Each kit includes a boy super hero towel panel, a girl super hero towel panel, and the drawstring bag.  Click here to order your super hero kit!

And don't forget the other cute doll panels by Stacy - we have very limited amounts of some of these and they can't be ordered again.  Great for gifts, they are fast and easy to make.  The panel includes the doll(s), doll clothes, and accessories - quilt, pillow, animals, and more!  Click here to order any of these panels - Lil' Red (Little Red Riding Hood), Coral Queen of the Sea (mermaid), Walk in the Woods (Hansel and Gretal), and Farm Fun (chick, cow, lamb, pig).

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Dies Added to AccuQuilt Overstock Sale!

AccuQuilt just added five more dies to their Overstock Sale!  These are great dies, with very low pricing.  All are 33% off, except one, which is 29% off!  These dies are on sale NOW through January 31st.  What a great addition these would be to your AcccuQuilt GO! Die collection!  

  • GO! Dancing Umbrella by Edyta Sitar at only $29.99  ( $15 off  or 33%)  Click here to order.

  • GO! Ohio Star at only $29.99  ($15 off or 33% off)  Click here to order.

  • GO! Drunkard’s Path 7” Finished at $49.99 ($20 off or 29%)  Click here to order.

  • GO! Cupcake at only $29.99 ( $15 off or 33%)  Click here to order.

  • GO! Half Hexagon 1”, 1 ½”, 2 ½” sides at $29.99  ( $15 off or 33%)  Click here to order.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Strip Club Meets Today! Come Join Us!

This year, Strip Club will be doing a combination of strip projects and fat quarter projects.  It's a very fun group, and as we say, we are the only strip club with actual poles in our class room! Our first project is Iceberg, a strip project from Villa Rosa designs.

And our second project will be from the book 12 Pack Fat Quarter Quilts.  We are so excited about this book - every quilt is fantastic!  And if you join Strip Club, the book (and other patterns) also comes with your membership.  Of course, we do sell the book separately.  Click here to order the book, and click here to register for the class.  Won't you join us?