Barbara Brackman

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Barbara Brackman is a quilt historian who specializes in reproduction prints for Moda. She links her books, blogs and reproduction prints to give quilters lots of opportunities to interpret vintage quilts.

Barbara has several blogs devoted to specific topics in quilt history, including: Material Culture and Civil War Quilts.  Through her blogs, she keeps you up to date on quilt world gossip, exhibits of antique quilts and ‘what’s new’ in the world of old fabrics.

She often offers a free pattern series for QuiltAlongs and Block-of-the-Month programs with women’s history and historical patterns.

  • Yankee Diary Block 3: Double Ties
    Yankee Diary Block 3: Double Tiesby Denniele BohannonDetail of an album quilt made to celebrate Mary Fields Fisk's marriage in 1865.Collection of the Ontario County Historical Society, Canandaigua.From Carrie's diary, December 13, 1859. "The older ladies of the town have formed a society for the relief of the poor and are going to have a course of... Read more »
  • Working For the Fair
    Pennsylvania Women showing a large flag at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts,1861Lloyd Ostendorf CollectionNational ArchivesBelow is an unsigned poem that appears to be unique to this particular newspaper about children doing needlework (and keeping rabbits?) for the Sanitary Fair.Interesting that it appeared a month after the end of the Civil... Read more »
  • Westering Women Finishes in Red
    Joanne at Thread Head is FINISHED quilting her Westering Women sampler.She used the traditional set with what looks to be 2-1/2"   finished sashing (she says 2"----5" border)and found the perfect red floral for a border.Martha used a similar border with a different color scheme.My theory is red is always good.Click here... Read more »
  • Cornelia Calhoun's Quilt
    John C. Calhoun's South Carolina home Fort Hill, which is part of Clemson University, has shown several quilts over the years. Calhoun was the major spokesman for secessionists and pro-slavery Southerners in the first half of the 19th century. John C. Calhoun 1782-1850He and wife Floride had seven children who survived... Read more »
  • A Trio of Eagle Borders
    I tend to think of appliqued eagles as a symbol more popular before the Civil War than during.But this trio of border eagles indicates that an eagle border might be perfect fora Civil War reproduction quilt.The blue eagle is from a quilt date-inscribed 1865  in the collection of the International Quilt Study... Read more »
  • Yankee Diary: Susan B Anthony's Star
    Denniele's Block #2with a ghostly Susan BMarch 8 is International Women's Day so we're celebrating todaywith Block #2 from the Yankee Diary Quilt, Susan B.'s Star.In the 1870s Susan B. Anthony was tried in the Canandaigua New York Courthouse for "knowingly voting without having a lawful right to vote." Carrie Richards, our... Read more »
  • Quilts Buried with the Silver 2 North & South
    Cut-out-chintz block quilt in the Collection of the Charleston Museum.Attached to the quilt is a note reading:"Got wet and stained the night of Sherman's Raid."'s troops destroyed the Southern infrastructureand terrified the population.The North Carolina project noted they "documented a great many quilts that families believe were buried during the... Read more »
  • Way West: Blazing a Trail
    Way West: Blazing a Trail by Barbara SchafferBarbara has finished her Westering Womne sampler!She used traditional fabrics with the nontraditional set.See more photos here:'ve been collecting pictures of innovative sets for samplers. Maybe one will inspire you to get these blocks on the road.Whose? Set for 12 blocks: simple and... Read more »
  • Quilts Buried with the Silver 1
    Whig's Defeat or Missouri Beauty.The Arizona Quilt Project recorded this quilt's family names and story.It was kept in a tree during Civil War battles to keep marauding soldiers fromstealing it.Quilt books have told us stories about quilts being buried, hidden andstashed away during the Civil War ever since people have... Read more »
  • Yankee Diary Block 2: Susan B.'s Star
    Block 2 Susan B.'s Star by Barbara BrackmanFrom Carrie's Diary: December 20, 1855."Susan B. Anthony is in town and spoke in Bemis Hall this afternoon. She made a special request that all the seminary girls should come to hear her as well as all the women and girls in town.... Read more »




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