New Orleans House Project

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hospital Sketches: Periwinkle Wreath

So...Barbara Brackman is doing another BOM on her Civil War Quilts blog.  

The theme for this BOM is Hospital Sketches - looking at the roles of women in Civil War hospitals.  

I knew I would be participating, because - historical appliqué patterns AND a hospital setting!  


I don't think I've really talked about my profession on the blog.  Yup, I'm a nurse, and I originally trained at an old-fashioned hospital-based nursing school about 100 years ago.  That's my graduation picture - we had finally given up wearing starched white pinafores and graduated to more modern nurses' uniforms.

While I waited for the first BOM block to be published, I debated over what type of fabrics to use.  My love for blue and white quilts was my final inspiration, because I've never done a blue and white appliqué quilt.
I assembled a basket full of potential fabrics, some of which were leftovers from other projects and some new and uncut fat quarters.  I also decided to keep my background fabric fairly simple and purchased yardage in a cross-weave type off-white fabric.

The first block, Periwinkle Wreath, was a tribute to Louisa May Alcott, who served in a Union hospital during the war.  I won't give away her story, because you should hop over and read it!

As much as I'd like to be doing hand-stitched appliqué, I knew I'd NEVER finish the blocks in a timely fashion.  I used freezer paper and starch to prep the shapes, and machine appliqué using invisible thread to stitch them in place.  Yippee for finishing!

FYI, if you have a Facebook account, there is a Facebook group for the BOM if you want to see all the different blocks.


11 comments:

  1. Love your block in BLUE! So pretty. I clicked over and read about it...... might have to save it off for later in the year. Thanks.

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  2. Blue and white quilts are one of my favorites! Your periwinkle wreath is really pretty. This is going to be a fun BOM to watch.

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  3. Well, of course I love your block because it's blue--lol! Seriously it looks lovely--this is going to be a fun sew along!

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  4. Angie, do you wear scrubs? If so, maybe you can cut some pieces from them to use in this project. I know your quilt will be awesome as usual!
    Cookie in Mandeville

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  5. Love seeing where your blocks will be heading. Blue and white will be a beautiful combination to work with. Loved seeing your nursing picture. I'm sure the scrubs that nurses wear today is much more comfortable, but there's something about seeing a nurse in the official uniform...:0)

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  6. Love your blue floral block. My son is in nursing school. We loved seeing your graduation photo! He wears scrubs but still white socks and shoes - mandatory lol

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  7. You are the poster girl for beautiful blue blocks and quilts! Periwinkle Wreath is stunning. It’s going to be fun watching your blocks for this BOM!

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  8. Oh this is simply gorgeous! Your machine applique is flawless. And I am not the least bit surprised at your profession. I would have guessed by your award winning smile and kind comments that you must be a nurse! I applaud you! I believe good teachers and nurses are saints!

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  9. What beautiful applique work you do!! Enjoy your quilt along, Nurse Angie.

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  10. I didn't know you were a nurse. Great field to be in. I've been reading all the posts about this BOM, but don't have time to participate.

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