Friday, August 10, 2012

Spirit of Sacagawea


A little over a year ago, Edie McGinnis at Kansas City Star asked us to do a Block of the Month quilt for them.  We were honored and excited about the project.  We had no idea where to start and didn't have a clue about what our theme would be.  Edie suggested, since we are known for Americana - that we should honor American women - or woman.  We loved that idea. But how and who?  In many emails we bounced ideas off of each other.  Pioneer women?  Political women?  It all seemed like it had been done before.  I had a list of women that intrigued me: Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Anne Sullivan, Babe Didrikson, Sacagawea, to name a few.  I thought we should do a block on each.  Edie - also sensing that all of this had been done before - jumped on one name - Sacagawea.  Of all of the names I actually knew the least about her.  Thus began our homework and the resulting quilt.  Yesterday, the book - Spirit of Sacagawea was delivered.
                                             
We were honored to be able to tell a bit about Sacagawea's life in fabric.  My inspiration for the construction was a photo of an mid 19th century album quilt in red, white, and green.  The predominant colors were red and white and it had a spiky border.  All of the very different blocks of this old album quilt were just smushed up against each other without sashing.  I tried to emulate that look.  This quilt has 6 pieced and 6 appliqué blocks that tell Sacagawea's story while she was with the Corp of Discovery finding a navigable route to the Pacific.  Our research was fun and inspiring.  She was everything that the culture did not value - she was young, female, Native American, and uneducated (at least in western eyes).  Despite the culture bias - she stood out for her bravery and ingenuity.


Thank you Edie for asking us to do this.  We loved all of it.  Thank you too to Glenn, Logan, and Ducky for helping us out with some special projects.

So, have you ever done a Block of the Month?  What was your favorite? Do you like appliqué or piecing?  Make a comment on any of the above - or anything at all - before midnight Monday August 13th and you could be picked to receive this book - hot off the presses.

Laurie

65 comments:

Gill said...

Congratulations! I'm in the UK so I've never heard of Sacagawea but I'm off to google her now!
I've done a couple BOMs but I never manage to keep up so now I prefer online QALs with a flexible time frame!!

Margaret said...

I love doing applique! Or English paper piecing is my other favorite. I've done one or two BOMs, but most of the time I'm a failure and just collect the months. lol! I love this quilt though.

Nancy E said...

I love piecing, have started doing some English paper piecing and do a little applique. Recently I did some IMA and it turned out good so I might do more applique.

Anonymous said...

Your new book sounds very interesting.
I do not know much about Scacagawea, but the history alone during this time
period of America is very exciting. I like to do piecing, but am attempting to try more applique in the future.

DebrafromMD said...

I love BOMs. My favorite at this moment is Rabbits Prefer Chocolate. I like both appliqué and piecing, so I really enjoy any pattern that combines both elements.

PamKittyMorning said...

Like everything you guys do, thoughtful and beautiful! Congratulations!

Deb G. in VA said...

Your new book looks great! I've signed up for a couple pieced BOMs at my LQS, but never managed to keep up with them. I have never done an applique BOM, but I love to applique.

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

I like both app and piecing, but I do piecing mostly. I've not done a block of the month before. Sacajawea is an excellent American woman to feature, one who is not as well chronicled at the other women you mentioned.

rebecca said...

Congrats on the new book!!

I am a BOM person. Wool applique is my favorite but,I've been tempted by others!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh what a fun sounding book! I would so love to win a copy. I have done BOM's and really enjoy them. I'm slow with hand applique, but getting better. I love a challenge. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I have purchased applique blocks of the month, but never did the project. I have done a few Saturday Samplers, which I did mostly to learn piecing techniques. Becky in Georgia

Tina said...

This is a wonderful pattern! I've only done one BOM through the Fat Quarter Shop that was all piecing and I was so pleased that I actually kept up with it! I enjoy piecing but I think appliqué adds such a special touch to a quilt whether it is all appliqué or just a touch here and there....the best of both worlds!

Heather said...

The book looks beautiful and intriguing ! I have done several BOMs, I have never actually kept up on a monthly basis though. I like saving them until I have all kits, then I start. Odd, and kind of defeats the purpose, but works for me !

Betweens said...

BOM`s are fun when there are both pieced and appliqued that is why I love your patterns there are both involved so you never get bored. you also end up learning a new tip, trick or technique as you are making them.
Each one is a new adventure
thanks for the wonderful giveway

Elaine Sinden said...

You two delightful artists never fail to deliver!
Sacagawea's story deserves to be celebrated .
I try to do a block of the month sponsored by our quilt group-always fun.

Kimberly said...

I've never done a block of the month. I've dabbled a little in applique a million years ago, and what I thought was pretty good my quilting instructor said was to puffy or something. I should try it again though and forget about it not being perfect. I love hand sewing the binding on a quilt, it's relaxing.

Bev said...

I love both applique and piecing. That's why I so like your books because there is always some of both. Your work is so beautiful that I like to just look at the books, even if I'm not making a quilt from it yet!

I've never found a block of the month I could afford.

Thanks for letting me enter.

Cheery wave from Camille

topinsales@gmail.com

nanci1211 said...

hey that sounds like me......young, female, Native American, and uneducated, ....oh kay except for the native american part !!! so happy u have a new book out ! cant wait to see!

nanci1211 said...

hey that sounds like me......young, female, Native American, and uneducated, ....oh kay except for the native american part !!! so happy u have a new book out ! cant wait to see!

Sharon said...

I've done a few BOM's and I like when there is variety. Piecing and applique. Not so keen on paper piecing. I also like when the blocks are different sizes and shapes and have filler sashings (pieced or not) to set it all together.

Julee said...

Here it is....6 BOM's going. But one of those is from last years wool BOW (block of the week) and I'm doing it with this years BOW wool blocks because it is done in the same method. I fianally got all caught up on the BOW's just last week. I'm doing your KCS quilt in reds, brown, black and tans. As I usually do I made some changes. May send you a picture of it when it's done. I like combination of both applique and pieceing but prefer the applique best. I have done several years of the KCS BOM's, again I prefer the applique BOM's. I have a suggestion for KCS paper: switch back to every 3rd Sunday instead of Tuesday as you can't locate the daily paper only around KC but the Sunday paper goes all over the state. Enjoy your blog site.

Cynthia Nanto said...

Your Sacagawea book looks inviting. I love it when quilting meshes with history. Thanks for the chance to win the book:). As for BOM, I haven't done one in years. I am itching to do more hand piecing... ready for some hand applique again, having taken a class years ago.

sue said...

Yes, I have done BOM keeping up is the hard part! Would love to win the book!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I'm not a huge fan of BOM when it is just a bunch of pieced blocks. I love a combination of applique and piecing. I'm really good at printing out online BOM's and never making a single one--this years Just Takes 2 red and white blocks, for example. I know I will be kicking myself for not starting in right away.
The new book looks like a fun project. I really like Kansas City Star books--they are always so nicely done and interesting to read even if you never get around to making the project(s).
Karen in Breezy Point

Connie said...

What a wonderful quilt and story. Can't wait to see the book and the fabrics used.
Connie

Janet said...

Lovely!

Applique, piecing ... love it all. One of the first BOM's I did was the Moda U Piece N Plenty. My Baltimore was a BOM (many "M"'s!), and I went BOM wild last month and signed up for 6 of them!

I'd love to win this book and make this quilt. So appealing! Thanks for the chance!

SheilaS said...

I love the cover of that book and it's just my style-historical. I love block-of-the months. Not so much pressure to do a whole quilt in a month or so! I like Jan Pateks and also just finished a Jo Morton that I love. Now I am doing a smaller Civil War and a small one from the Sturbridge Museum.

Diane said...

I've done 2-3 BOM's that I actually did 1 block/ month. Mostly I prefer to jump in later and do several blocks in a shorter time.
Your new book sounds intriguing! I love the horse block.

scottylover said...

I've done several BOMs with a LQS, but they have all been mysteries. My favorite was one done out of 30s repros. I also did one on-line with a now-defunct site and am in the middle of hand quilting it. I picked the fabrics and I just love it!
I'm not big on applique, so there isn't much of it in any of mine!
Sandy A

Heidi said...

I really like BOMs but sometimes I fall behind and it's hard to get caught up! I don't think I could pick a favorite one though. I love applique! My favorite quilts are a blend of piecing and applique. I may just have to give Sacagawea a try. It is beautiful, just like everything you do!

Kristy said...

Congrats on the book. I love the idea of a sampler...the best of two worlds without a big commmittment to a whole quilt of either. Plus it will be so entertaining to start each new block and learn something new, not only about quilting, but also about Sacagawea. You continue to inspire me on my quilting journey. Thank you, Kristy soardkg@fuse.net

Logan said...

Oh it's looks great! So happy to help out:)

Carrie P. said...

I love to do BOM. I love doing applique and piecing. what a great win this would be.

congrats! the cover looks great.

mamabug said...

Our small quilt shop in town does a block of the month and most have been the sampler style. I love them :)

taylorsoutback said...

So happy to hear of this new book - have always been fascinated with Lewis & Clark's journey & the role Sacagewea played.
My favorite BOM would have to be the Beyond the Cherry Tree from Sentimental Stitches. Hand quilting it now - it is completely appliqued & is done in reds and greens.

lori said...

I have never done a Block of the Month, but would love to give it a go! I like to piece during the day and appliqué or hand quilt at night while watching TV with my hubby, chocolate lab and golden retriever.

There is a great read by Anna Lee Waldo called "Sacagewea".

Sandra Henderson said...

I have never done a BOM, but would love to. I am wondering....could you show us the quilt that inspired you? Love seeing old quilts and how they inspire people. I like the fact that you mixed both piecing and applique in this quilt. I read a National Geographic book on Lewis & Clark a few years back and was fascinated with her. Strong woman.

Anita said...

I love BOM's...or should I say signing up for them! My favorite is a combo of applique and piecing, it makes it more interesting I think with pieced backgrounds.

Judy in Michigan said...

I've always enjoyed blocks of the month and I do like piecing the best but with more practice, applique' is closing in quickly. What an interesting topic - would love to know more about her.

Mimi said...

I have done dozens of BOMs and they are NOT from books... but some pattern that is unique to the BOM.... if nothing else on this... I may learn how to spell Sacagawea.... mouthful.

SueB said...

I love blocks of the month. Congrats on the new book. Cant wait to see it.

Me and My Stitches said...

Can't wait to see the new book! I sometimes do blocks of the month, and currently a block of the week. I love piecing and wool applique.

quiltnmaryf said...

I did a block of the month-very primitive style that was supposed to be raw edge appliqué. My type A personality wouldn't let me do raw edge, so I did regular appliqué, and it turned out great. Now, if it would only quilt itself.....

Gayle said...

Nope - I've. Ever dome a block of the month program. Mostly because they take too long to accomplish and I like quick projects.

Michele P said...

I enjoy doing block of the months, doing a little at a time and watching the quilt come together. Once the quilt is finished it is fun to reflect back upon each block and recall what was going on in my life and the world around me as I worked on each one.

sewprimitive karen said...

Your books are wonderful. Like mixture of applique and piecing. This particular book on Sacajawea, who I have always enjoyed reading about through the years, looks really good. Favorite BOM, and may be the only major one I've done, is Barbara Brackman's Civil War one last year. It's my favorite quilt.

Sharon said...

I have never done a true BOM....but I might like to!
I enjoy piecing and applique.
I'm looking forward to seeing this book!

Mary Jorgensen said...

Piecing is definitely my favorite, although lately, I have gotten 'hooked' on rug hooking. The rug in your post is wonderful!! Maybe my next project! Thank you so much for your giveaway.
Mary

Mary A said...

I have done several BOMs. I love anything by Primitive Gatherings. Your new book looks wonderful. Mary A.

picketsews said...

The first and only BOM that I have done was "Lewis & Clark". I loved it and all the history that went with it. Your idea of a BOM about Sacagawea sounds very interesting. I would be thrilled to win your new book. Am a little scared of applique but love it. English paper piecing is something I really want to try.

Ann said...

I am in love with your new book! What a beautiful idea to honor a woman who really lived a life!

Needleturn applique all the way! I do hand piecing but have grown addicted to applique! It is just as good as a therapy session.

Love your work!

badlandsquilts said...

Looks fab! Despite growing up in ND, I learned the correct pronunciation of Sacagawea just a year or so ago on a visit to Fort Mandan and how at some point there was an error in her name in transposition of some of the journals. Love that it's pieces & applique combined.

David said...

Your book looks fabulous... I especially like to discover people, places and way of life through a project.
I have done several BOMs and I especially like those mixing appliqué and piecing.

kjb139 said...

Love the quilt and that rug!!!! Please tell us about the rug!

Laurencetd said...

Ce quilt est superbe et c'est un très belle hommage à cette femme hors du commun.
J'espère que vous l'exposerez à Nantes. Vivement !

Dixie said...

This book looks wonderful - love the mix of applique (my fav)and piecing.

Helen said...

Honoring Sacagawea is a great idea for a book! I'm looking forward to seeing it.

I have a big pile of BOMs that I am trying to finish (no more until I finish at least one). I like both piecing and applique, but I've made more progress on the pieced ones.

Jan said...

I love BOM and do several a year. Your new book looks beautiful. Love appliqué.

Lee said...

I like piecing and I have not done a BOM. But I would love to do one. Congratulations on your book!

Kathryn said...

I prefer piecing. I've done several block of the months, usually local ones with local quilt shops or with my guild.

Marcia W. said...

I've never worked on a commercial BOM (these seem so expensive), just the QAL blocks such as The Little Miss Shabby Birdie Stitches. The Spirit of Sacagawea is one that I would love to learn to do with applique - the horse block is great. Thanks for the chance.

Pam P said...

I'm a sucker for BOMs!! I especially like that some shops now offer a complete kit and I can get my hands on the entire kit all at once. All of the BOMs I've done are a combination of piecing & applique and now I've picked up some wools . . . love it!! Wish I could find more BOMs done with Minick & Simpson fabrics (hint-hint). Congratulations on your lovely new book! I can't wait to get mine :)

Janet said...

I've never done a block of the month. What an interesting project/book!! I just love applique. Very curious to see this book now!

kathyinozarks said...

I would love to have this book very much, I love that time period in our history thru the civil war.
No I have never done a bom I love piecing and hand applique.
thank you for the chance Kathy

Sally Hurst said...

Yes, I have done several BOM's, the latest being Barbara Brackman's 150th anniversary of the Civil War (actually a BOW). I am mainly a piecer, but do applique occasionally.

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