New Orleans House Project

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Finely Finished: Grandmother's Choice

As July wound to a close, I put the finishing stitches in a quilt that has taken eight years to reach completed status.  On the other hand, the subject of the quilt - women's suffrage - took an equally long time to come to fruition in the United States!

Grandmother's Choice was a block of the week project created by Barbara Brackman to recognize the years-long struggle for women to win the right to vote.  The BOW started well before the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment (June 4th, 1919) to illustrate the time and effort involved in passing that simple amendment:  

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Most of the fabrics used in my blocks were from a collection called "Alice's Washday Blues" by Blue Hill Fabrics.  I wound up adding lots of other fabrics, but Alice was my inspiration.

I wasn't gung-ho on sampler quilts when I started the BOW, but I learned to appreciate the fun of making just one block of a particular pattern.

I finely (finally) finished the quilt by using simple sashing and two borders - narrow and wide.  
The long-arm quilting was done by Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting.
Finished size:  84 inches by 84 inches.

The label features one of my favorite prints from Alice's Washday Blues.  

The label also includes the date the 19th Amendment was ratified by enough states to become law:  
18 August 1920.  I guess I finished my quilt just in time!

As you may recall from civics class, Constitutional amendments require approval by 2/3 of the states in order to become law.  In 1920, Tennessee was the approving state that put the 19th Amendment over the threshold.  Interestingly, my state, Louisiana, rejected the amendment in 1920 and did not (belatedly) pass it until 1970!  If you're curious about when your state approved the 19th amendment, you can find out at this National Park Service website.


  1. Interesting--I have never been "gung ho" on sampler quilts either--perhaps I should give one a try...Yours came out your choice of nice and soft...
    Nice work
    Hugs from afar Julierose

  2. Oh, I remember making some of these blocks! Love yours and wonder where my purple and green one is in my house...

  3. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous !!
    I will read about this amendment because I love history !
    Thank you for sharing Angie !

  4. Very cool story to go with a wonderful quilt. Thanks for including me on the label, it sure makes me feel special! It was a fun quilt to spend time with, and I'm not naturally inclined toward samplers either, but this one was fun to explore. Good for you on getting another FINISH.

  5. So pretty with all the reds, blues, and tans.

  6. As sampler quilts go, this is one of the best I've seen! Beautiful finish! I love the border fabric, do you recall the name or designer?

  7. What a special historical sampler. Your blocks are so well balanced and your color palette is perfect for an important part of American history.

  8. That is an amazing quilt, and a perfectly timed finish! Love it!

  9. Congratulations on your big (beautiful) finish, Angie!!

  10. Beautiful quilt! and YES - all should vote! I love to vote in person, but take advantage of those over 65 who can receive their ballots (very controlled). Have a great week! Hugs

  11. Beautiful quilt, Angie. I appreciate the history lesson as well. Surprised that Florida came in after Alabama (both home states for me).

  12. What a masterpiece your quilt is! It’s just beautiful, and extra special because Diane quilted it. Congratulations on such a wonderful finish!

    Thanks for including the NPS link, too. I’d heard before that Utah was the first state to extend voting rights to women, and that article confirms that when UT was granted statehood in 1896, women were again allowed allowed (as they were in 1870-1887) to vote here (although we weren’t the first state to ratify the Amendment).

  13. It's such a lovely quilt in every way and the meaning behind it is so important. You did a great job conveying that with your label. Congratulations on a great finish!!