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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Westering Women Block One

Oh dear, I have not been keeping up on this blog. I do apologize.

At the beginning of the year our friendly quilt historian Barbara Brackman launched a new block of the month. If you have been reading this blog for some time you will know I have done many BOMs and even a couple of BOW with Barbara.

For 2016 she has chosen the topic of women heading west. To quote from Ms Brackman's inaugural post for the project it will be "celebrating the women who walked west on the overland trails in the 19th century".

Blocks are published, along with a short story from history, on the last Wednesday of each month. The block patterns will be for a 12" block and I am going to make mine in that size.

This first block is Independence Square and the story featured the start off point for many from the town of Independence, Missouri. Thousands of wagons headed out each May with optimistic families seeking a new life in the west.

For this project I am going to use a palette mostly of golden brown/amber representing the dirt and soil the trekkers would encounter along the way. I'll add some pops of color. For January those colors are green for the grass and blue for the hoped for blue sky trip. And, all going well, you'll find a small wagon in each of the blocks.

Maybe you'll join our happy group of stitchers as we walk along the trails...

You can read more about the project by going to

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