I didn't realize I was so far behind in posting my Austen Family Album blocks. It hasn't been difficult to keep up with this BOM, but I forget about posting my blocks after I make them. I also keep adding new fabrics to the original collection of Curio by Basic Grey fat quarters. I'm a little worried the colors and fabrics are not going to be cohesive by the end of the project. We'll see - there are still a lot of blocks to stitch!
Going back to block 7 in the series: Philadelphia Block for Jane's aunt, Phila Hancock. I found her story quite fascinating, as she sailed to India to find a husband.
Phila Hancock's daughter Eliza Hancock de Feullide Austen inspired the block Eliza's Star.
Block #9 - London Roads - was inspired by Jane's brother Henry Austen. After spending time in military service, he became a banker in London.
Jane's youngest brother, Edward Austen Knight, inspired block 10: Good Fortune. Edward had the good fortune to be adopted by a wealthy couple, the Knights.
Edward Austen Knight's adoptive mother, Catherine Knatchbull Knight inspired this week's block, Friendship Square. Catherine was a friend of Jane's and provided financial support for her work.