Friday, August 19, 2022

Hospital Sketches/New England Quilt Museum

I organized a show of quilts for the New England Quilt Museum, up right now.

Nancy Austin Swanwick took some great pictures so you get
a look at the show.

I chose quilts for their variety in color, fabrics, sets and borders.
The BOM patterns did not include an appliqued border but many
couldn't resist drawing their own with some great results.

Nancy missed getting a shot of Becky Brown's, the model quilt. We worked together to design the series. Her border is impressive (Sorry, we haven't drawn a pattern.) This is the top before she hand quilted it.

I put my own version in mainly to show the "official" border
which is just strips of similar light prints, a rather
contemporary look. Nancy's photos under the new gallery lights
are good at picking up the quilting, here by long-armer Lori Kukuk.

I had many samplers to pick from and it was difficult to choose. You can see a few more in the small catalog I published at Blurb Books here:
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Click on the preview to see the whole book, which includes pictures of each of the nine blocks you can use for a pattern.

Some of the photos are from the Museum's website:

Every year I design a pieced and appliqued block of the month for my CivilWarQuilts blog. This year's is Freedom's Friends and the samplers are going to be as gorgeous as these.

It's hard to capture the color in some of these. Gladi's is
definitely yellow.

See 3 years worth of stitching at our Facebook page HospitalSketchesBOM.
Ask to join and we'll be glad to let you in.

I'll be giving a lecture there on Saturday, September 10th at 11 AM: "Hospital Sketches: Healthcare Workers During the Civil War."


  1. Thank you Nancy for taking the photos, and you Barbara for sharing them. If I hadn't known, it would be hard to tell these were all from the same BOM.

    clicking the link to the blurb book leads back to this post? Copy/paste the URL in a new tab works though.

  2. Thanks for including my quilt in your book. I just ordered one - can’t wait for it to arrive.

  3. All these beautiful quilts must make your heart sing! It was sure fun to sew along with everyone and was a terrific pattern. Thank you again for making it all possible!

  4. So exciting! Such beautiful quilts!

  5. What a delight to enjoy on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee. I'll refer back and study this post several more times no doubt. Hard to imagine all the work and hours that went into creating these masterpieces.