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I remember 10 years ago when you were born.

You have brought so much joy to our family.  Papa and Nonnie love you very much!  Hope your day is extra special ~ just like you!

After reorganizing, I got down to work and finished the quilt top I started last week.  Blocks of flying geese, QST, square and rectangles.  Very Inklingoable.  I love the secondary pattern achieved by using the QST as an alternate block.  This quilt top was designed by Paula Barnes of Bonnie Blue Quilts.  It is called Harper’s Ferry.

Okay that is the final version.  When I was taking a picture of the quilt top, through the lens of the camera, something looked very wrong.  Something I had not seen when making the block, assembling the rows, and working on the layout.  One little square was turned the wrong way and it was smack dab in the middle of the quilt.  I did what any normal person would do ~ removed the section and corrected the mistake.  It is amazing that you can see something through a small camera lens that has been staring you in the face for a week.

Head over to Bonnie Blue and see  Paula’s other designs.

And Here is the Civil War History Lesson that accompanies the pattern.

In 1858 John Brown had both the funds and manpower to follow through with a plan to start a war against slaveholders in Virginia.  His plan was a simple one.  He would rent a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains that would act as his base and from there he would assist runaway slaves by attacking the slave owners.  His antislavery war was postponed when he learned that one of his followers was planning to reveal his plan.  Instead, John Brown went into hiding.

The following year Brown was ready.  He rented a farm in Maryland, across the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to state his attack.  This time instead of slaveholders, he planned to attach the arsenal at Harpers Ferry, but a year had passed and many of the men who were willing participants when the plan first evolved were not longer available.

Determined to carry on, Brown set out for Harpers Ferry on October 16 with 21 men, two of who were Brown’s own sons.  After cutting telegraph wire, they made their assault on the arsenal then captured Hall’s Rifle Works.  Brown and his men took 60 hostages in hopes their slaves would join Brown in his cause, but no slaves came forward to help.

Within 36 hours, Brown’s raid was over.  Local farmers, militia, and the US Marines led by Robert E. Lee overtook the small army.  Brown was executed by hanging by treason against the state of Virginia.  In the north, upon hearing of his hanging, church bells rang and minute guns were fired to show support for his cause.


Have a great sewing day.