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Thirty Fewer, and Four More

15 Feb

It was more than thirty fewer degrees cooler this morning than yesterday. That made it about 10F when I went for a walk at 8AM.  Add a few new inches of powdery snow; pushing through powder is not bad at all, if one can stay on the packed trail. Sunny and bright.

The squares below are called, from upper left, clockwise: “Catch Me If You Can”, “Richmond”, “Texas Tears” and “North Star”.

Civil War Anniversary Quilt

6 Feb

2011 is the 150th Anniversary of the outbreak of the American Civil War.  There is an interesting Civil War Textile blog which is posting history and a free quilt block pattern each week of this year.

Last week’s was titled “Richmond” to remember Varina Davis, wife of the Confederate President,  and the capital of the Confederate headquarters.  “Jefferson Davis, former U.S. Senator from Mississippi, was inaugurated as President of the Confederate States 150 years ago this (last) week.”

“Four years of War changed the lively young wife. Like her Union counterpart Mary Lincoln Varina Davis lost a child during the War. In her memoir she recalled the day in 1864:
“I left my children quite well, playing in my room, and had just uncovered my [sewing] basket in [Jefferson’s] office when a servant came in for me. The most beautiful and brightest of my children, Joseph Emory, had in play climbed over the connecting angle of the banister and fallen to the brick pavement below. He died a few minutes after we reached his side.”
She gave birth to her youngest that year and wrote to Mary Chesnut in April, 1864.

“Do come to me, and see how we get on. I shall have a spare room by the time you arrive, indifferently furnished, but, oh, so affectionately placed at your service. You will receive such a loving welcome. One perfect bliss have I. The baby, who grows fat and is smiling always, is christened, and not old enough to develop the world’s vices or to be snubbed by it. The name so long delayed is Varina Anne. My name is a heritage of woe.””

So there is an idea for you Kirsty!  And for me, too.  A block a week to commemorate this part of our nation’s history, with a quilt to use for a lifetime at the end.

Alone with a Token of Love

4 Feb

There has been a Northern Mockingbird coming to the feeder since mid-January.  These birds are supposed to winter in the southern part of the states.  It is alone.

The Foundling Museum–what a wonder there is such a thing–has a marvelous slideshow “Threads of Feeling” : 18th Century Textile tokens left with Abandoned Babies at the London Foundling Hospital

The slides move along rather quickly. Clicking on the black slide show rectangle pauses the show.

Some notes with the babes are legible also:

“Ann Gardiner daughter of James and Elizth Gardiner was born in the Brides Parrish and Baptized and Registered in the Parrish Church Octor 10th 1757.  Begs to have care Taken of her. And they will pay all charges in a little Time with a handsome AcknowledgeMent for the same and have her home again when they get over a little trouble”

With a boy baby:

“Go gentle babe!  Thy future hours be spent in vertous purity and calm content. Life’s sunshine bless thee: and no anxious care sit on thy brow, and drane the falling tear. Thy country’s faithful servant may’st thou prove and all thy life be Happiness and Love.”

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