Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Checkered Past: Free Pattern


From the new 1862: Battle Hymn collection.
The Battle of Hampton Roads in 1862 involved ironclad ships.
The print is called Hampton Roads, the colorway Merrimack Blue.
 The Merrimack was an ironclad ship.

Here's an EQ mockup of Checkered Past
Click on the PDF for a free pattern for this quilt for my Civil War reproduction collection 1862 Battle Hymn.

It makes use of 2 alternating blocks

The checkerboards are pieced of 2-1/2" squares, so it's suitable for a Jellyrolls of strips.
The star points require bigger pieces but I bet you have some scraps around.


The medium-sized print Hampton Roads would make a good border.

This print reminded me of the rivers along the Virginia coast.


Hancy Reynolds


The PDF pattern is free---not copyright so you can print it or link to the PDF to share it on your own blogs, in guilds. I encourage shopowners to give it to customers.
Hancy Pitcairn Reynolds is the face of this reproduction collection. She was born in Massachusetts and lived in Illinois and Iowa. The war touched her as it did every American. Her daughter's husband was a Union soldier who survived. Her granddaughter married a man whose father died as a prisoner in South Carolina. She's my friend Bobbi Finley's many-times greatgrandmother. We love the name Hancy and think her portrait captures the spirit of women who lived through the war.

14 comments:

Raedene said...
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Raedene said...

Lovely, rich fabrics. The camera doesn't do them justice. Thanks for the free pattern and the history lesson. I like the name Hancy, too.

Becky in VA said...

Events come to life when you see a face with them. The spirit of Hancy was really captured in that photo.

Great fabrics!

krisgray said...

Thanks for the pattern!

Brenda said...

Thanks for the pattern. I have some fabric that will be perfect made up like this.

suzanne said...

What a lovely tribute to a friend's ancestor, a woman probably very much like many of your reader's great-great or great-great-great grandmothers!

Leeanne said...

Mmmmmmm yummy!

Mad about Craft said...

Thank you for the pattern. You are very generous!

Caron Mosey - Michigan Quilts! said...

I love the Hampton Roads fabric! Where is it available?

WoolenSails said...

The fabrics look beautiful in the pattern.

Debbie

Barbara Brackman said...

Caron-the yardage isn't available quite yet. It should be in your local quilt shop any day. Precuts are out there.

Donna Becker said...

Thanks so much for the pattern! I've been looking for an "old time" quilt to make for an elderly cousin who really enjoys history. Several of our ancestors served in the Union Army. So this quilt and fabric may be just the thing!

Anonymous said...

So excited to find this and the history behind it. I have an entire tote full of Civil War fabrics, most of them already cut into strips and various squares. This is great and will make a wonderful Quilt of Valor as thought of by a fan for a wounded warrior, sent home barely alive from Afghanistan. GO ARMY

SNoble said...

Checkered Past Quilt