#Quilts from Beyond the Cherokee Trail

Here are some of the quilts featured in Beyond the Cherokee Trail

14_07_29_3857The Cherokee Rose quilt is a quilt block I designed and created for the novel. The pattern is based on the legend of the Cherokee Rose. It is said that when the Trail of Tears began in 1838, the Cherokee mothers were grieving so much, they were unable to help their children survive the journey. So the elders prayed for a sign that would give the mothers strength. The next day a beautiful rose began to grow where their tears fell. The rose is white for their tears; a gold center represents the gold taken from Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each stem represent the seven Cherokee clans. Even today the wild Cherokee Rose grows along the route of the Trail of Tears all the way into eastern Oklahoma.

 

This 1830s era quilt played a prominent role in Sarah Jane’s story of the Trail of Tears—With its pesky Y seams, this is a challenging quilt block. One day, I’d love to make my own Carolina Lily quilt.

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Close up detail of Carolina Lily motif

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Carolina Lily

This pattern was developed by Cherokee quilters in the NC and SC area in the 1930s. In the book, Cartridge Cove quilters adapt the pattern to reflect the Trail of Tears.

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The Road to Soco quilt pattern

For more behind-the-scenes photos of Beyond the Cherokee Trail, visit https://www.pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/beyond-the-cherokee-trail/.

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North Carolina Quilt Barn Trails

Inquiltbarntrail 2009, the Graham County Cooperative Extension started the Graham County Barn Quilt trail. The trail highlights the area’s history and creates a tourism activity.

 

 

I borrowed this idea in creating my fictional quilt barn trail in the Snowbird Mountains of North Carolina as featured in Beyond the Cherokee Trail. My quilt barns incorporate Appalachian and Cherokee quilting traditions.

quiltbarn2Just like in real life, many volunteers from the fictional Cartridge Cove community had to come together to donate supplies, paint and hang the quilt squares on local barns in Beyond the Cherokee Trail.

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The Graham County Trail winds from Stecoah to Robbinsville, and Yellow Creek to Snowbird.

 

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For more behind-the-scenes photos of Beyond the Cherokee Trail, visit https://www.pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/beyond-the-cherokee-trail/.

Lumbee Pinecone #Quilt and #How-to-Video

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Laura’s fictional pine cone quilt for Ian reflected the colors of the Lumbee tribal logo

Both the Lumbee and the State of Alabama claim the pine cone quilt pattern, sometimes known elsewhere as the Pine Burr Pattern. In the land of the long leaf pine, female Lumbee traditional regalia is a Southern style dress worn with pine cone patchwork attached to an apron and a matching shawl.

pineconequiltThe Pine Cone Patchwork was inspired by a quilt made by Henry Berry Lowry’s daughter, and is distinctly Lumbee in design. The patchwork design was initially created for Natasha Wagner, a former Miss Indian USA by Hayes A. Locklear and has since become a staple in area pow wow’s.

 

quilt2This folded fabric design, which resembles the bottom of a pine cone, has been seen in rugs and in other Lumbee art forms since the 1800s. images

 

 

 

Here is a 14 minute video to make a pinecone ornament—

For more information about the Lumbee and photos from Vines of Entanglement, visit http://www.pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/vines-of-entanglement/.

The Carolina Beauty #Quilt

4B-82-C8-451-quiltiNCMH-a0d1q5-a_21560True quilt story from Beneath a Navajo Moon.

During Reconstruction—a Yankee schoolteacher brought the New York Beauty quilt pattern to Greene County, North Carolina. North Carolinian quilters adapted the pattern according to their Southern sensibilities.

For more quilts and behind-the-scene photos from Beneath a Navajo Moon, visit http://www.pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/beneath-a-navajo-moon/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—The Honu Sea Turtle Quilt

6.11.03 HA 32Legend says that the honu, green sea turtles, watch over the children of Hawaii.

The Honu Sea Turtle Quilt pattern is available—$10 plus s/h.Honu Sea Turtle Quilt Finished

Email lisa@lisacarterauthor.com to purchase.

For more quilts and behind the scene photos of Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian–Making a Breadfruit Quilt

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Traditionally, the breadfruit pattern was the first tackled by would-be Hawaiian quilters. To those who complete this quilt, legend says, will be a fruitful life, filled with wisdom and knowledge.

Visit this site for free breadfruit quilt pattern—Be sure to observe all terms and conditions.

http://www.quiltshawaii.com/freepattern.html

For more quilts and behind the scene photos of Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

Let’s Go Hawaiian—Quilts Shopping

My favorite quilt shops that specialize in Hawaiian fabrics and quilt patterns—

delicate-beauty-300Pacific Rim Quilt Company—Janice Lee Baehr was a great help to me in researching the Lokelani Rose quilt featured in Aloha Rose. Lots of great info on their website—http://www.prqc.com/.prqc

Maui Quilt Companymauiquiltshop—thanks, ladies, for your kindness to this traveling haole quilter. Visit their website at www.mauiquiltshop.com.seahorsequilt

For more quilts and behind the scene photos of Aloha Rose, visit http://www.pinterest.com/quiltsoflove/aloha-rose-by-lisa-carter/.

Quilts Featured in Carolina Reckoning—Wedding Ring Quilt

A quilt that brought romance to the Great DepressionWR4

The motif of two interlocking rings can be traced as far back as fourth century Rome. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the interlocking gimmal ring was popular in Europe. One ring was worn by the man and the other by the woman during the engagement. At the wedding ceremony, the two rings were fitted together and worn thereafter by the wife. This design is thought to have been brought to America by German settlers in Pennsylvania in the 17th century and is seen on coverlets, pottery and other decorative arts of the colonial period. Early quilt versions were known as Friendship Knot, Endless Chain and Pickle Dish.

WR2The Double Wedding Ring pattern was first published in 1928. The pattern became extremely popular during the 1930s and 1940s. Prior to the 20th century, quilters appliqued the pieces onto solid fabric. But early 20th century quilters made the switch to piecing the entire quilt top. This quilt is not for the faint of heart nor the novice.

I’d like to make one of these for each of my daughters upon the occasion of their marriage. But as one elderly quilter—maybe the forerunner of Velma Jones from Carolina Reckoning—told me once, I should have started the quilts before my own marriage if I wanted to finish them in time for my daughters’ weddings.

WR3Anyone created a Wedding Ring quilt? Own one? Any tips for the rest of us?
Share your photo jpg and I’ll post pictures for blog readers to enjoy.

For more behind-the-scene photos, including quilts, visit http://pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/carolina-reckoning/.

The Quilts Featured in Carolina Reckoning—Grandmother’s Flower Garden

GFG1No surprise that this much-loved vintage quilt would be Alison’s personal favorite. This pattern has its origins in 18th and 19th century honeycomb or mosaic patterns. But the 20th century version became popular in the 1920s and especially during the years of the Great Depression. Quilters in hard economic times, like today, were able to utilize the pastel prints of their scrap basket to fashion this labor intensive but lovely old-fashioned design.

GFG2The colorful handsewn hexagons are a cheerful reminder of happier times and sunny flower gardens. Many quilt historians speculate the traditional white hexagons that buffer the bright “blooms” represent white picket fences. Green was readily available and often served as the binding and symbolized the garden path. The six-sided hexagons contain a center—sometimes yellow—representing the flower’s center.

Trivia quiz—What event at Weathersby involved a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt? What happened?

Anyone have Grandmother’s Flower Garden photo they’d like to share?GFG3

Your own creation, an antique/yard sale find or heirloom?

Please send me a jpg of your quilt and I’ll post them on the blog for everyone to enjoy.

For more info on Carolina Reckoning or to see behind-the-scene photos including quilts, visit http://pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/carolina-reckoning/.

The Quilts Featured in Carolina Reckoning—Feedsack Quilts

fs1After the Civil War, cotton sacks replaced barrels as food containers. Women discovered these fabric bags could be used for quilts and clothing needs. The product logos were printed on the fabric. These circular advertisers harkened back to the day when marketing had to fit on a circular barrelhead.

FS3For women to use the feedsack fabric, they first had to remove these labels. Various methods included soaking the print in kerosene or rubbing it with unsalted lard. Afterward, the fabric was washed in lye soap. By 1925, savvy businesses began to see the marketing potential of the feedsack fabrics and pasted company logos on to the fabrics resulting in easier removal.

The 1930s saw heated competition between companies for the most attractive and sought after prints. Artists were hired to design the prints. This marketing ploy kicked in as women scoured store shelves, selecting sugar, rice, beans, cornmeal, animal feed and fertilizer based on the fabric stash they wished to acquire.

FS2Women, being women, traded feedsacks with neighbors in order to match fabrics for projects. The feedsack tradition continued through World War II as a means of showing patriotism and to conserve resources needed for the war effort. Newer synthetic fabrics created after the war resulted in the cessation of this marketing tool.

How can you tell if it’s really feedsack fabric?
A line of holes is the best indicator, from the chainstitching that held the original sack together.

Anyone remember a dress or apron made from feedsack fabric?
Anyone want to share a photo of a feedsack quilt?

Send me a jpg of your feedsack creation—clothing or quilt—and I’ll post to blog readers.

For more info on Carolina Reckoning or to see behind-the-scene photos including quilts, visit http://pinterest.com/lisacoxcarter/carolina-reckoning/.