Borderland Sampler by Jeanne Poore, Overland Park, Kansas 2005, 91" x 91"
The quilts above and below are from a book I did a few years ago
called Borderland in Butternut and Blue.
Butternut & Blue by Ilyse Moore, Overland Park, Kansas 38" x 38".
Ilyse redrafted the blocks to 12 inches and added her own border.
When I taught the class on which the book is based, we used navy blue and yellow ochre to symbolize the Confederacy and the Union in the Civil War.We tend to think of Civil War colors as "the blue and the gray," but many Southern soldiers had no access to official Confederate uniforms and wore their everyday clothing made of home-dyed butternut.
Sketch of a Missouri guerilla fighter
from the Library of Congress collection.
Guerilla fighters were referred to as "Butternuts."
Click here to see my guest blog about butternut and blue at the Kansas City Star's Pickledish site.
I think the color combination symbolizes the North and the South so well I've done two books on the topic.
Borderland in Butternut and Blue features a sampler quilt with some stand-alone projects.
Buttermilk and Blue by Dorothy LeBoeuf, Rogers, Arkansas, 85" x 85",
a combination of two blocks from the Borderland book.
Butternut & Blue: Threads of the Civil War contains several pieced and appliqued designs.
It looks like none are available if you check the big online book sources (or they cost twice the original price) but a few quilt shops still have copies. Here's one online source:
And Quilters' Warehouse sells it. Click here:
I've also used the colors in my Moda collection Civil War Homefront that is in quilt shops now.
Swatches from Civil War Homefront in Sassafras Tan, Sorghum Brown and Ironclad Navy
These new reproduction prints would look great in any of the projects from either book. Below are two reproduction quilts by Karla Menaugh from the Butternut & Blue book.
Western Sun by Karla Menaugh 45" x 45"
Midnight Garden by Karla Menaugh 40" x 50"
I know it's confusing---all these Butternuts and Blues, but I like the way the words sound. And to make things even more confusing Terry Thompson and I did a fabric collection called Butternut and Blue for Moda several years ago, from which the two quilts above were made.