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.

  • Union Baskets
    Basket with a Union FlagThis extraordinary block is from a quilt in thecollection of the Indiana State Museumby Martha McFeely FryAccording to family records when the quilt was donated, Martha McFeely lived in Greencastle, Indiana. Sweetheart Benjamin Fry from Fountain County, Indiana, enlisted  in the 2nd New York Regiment, the... Read more »
  • Free Labor Fabrics & A Few Quaker Quilts
    Detail of a silk patchwork quilt by Quaker Rachel Goodwin Woodnut,Salem, New Jersey, 1827-1828Collection of the Winterthur Museum.In 1832 poet Elizabeth Margaret Chandler wrote about a quilting party in Tecumseh,  Michigan."I was at a quilting last week. There were about twenty girls besides myself and in the evening about the same... Read more »
  • Right Makes Might: Block 4
    JeanneTime to look at finished flags, the April, 2017block for Yankee Diary.TerryThe print, a repro of a late 19th-c flag printDaniceDaisyusanhKristiMay is a long month (good thing). Next pattern in two weeks. But I have posted the PDF's in my Etsy store so if you would rather have the May-August... Read more »
  • Anti-Slavery Boycotts: Sugar
    Quaker Elizabeth Coleman Heyrick  (1769-1831) of LeicesterIn 1824 Englishwoman Elizabeth Coleman Heyrick published a pamphlet titled Immediate Not Gradual Abolition, promoting the idea that slavery should be abolished now rather than in the rosy future.Heyrick started activists thinking against gradual emancipation. The concept was radical, not only in its consequences but... Read more »
  • Pat's Westering Women
    Pat Styring sent a photo of her finished Westering Women sampler.She added some free-form floral applique---Broderie Perse---to the blocks.And stitched the name of each block in the sashing.She says:"Each month I looked forward to the new block. Had 'Road to California' not been the name of the last block I... Read more »
  • A Quilt for General Grant from Herkimer, New York
    Eagle quilt, late 1860s.Civil War Commemorative.The eagle in the center of this quilt holds a banner with the words:"Free and unfettered our Eagle shall soar. The reign of oppression forever is o'er."The quilt was found in the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search.Click here to see the record: had been given... Read more »
  • Label for Westering Women
    Brenda reminded me that I hadn't made a label for your Westering Women quilts. So here it is.The black box is about 3" x 4-1/2".I used an image from a cowboy-themed feedsack with a wagon drawn by horses. I liked the look but remember those westering wagons were pulled by... Read more »
  • Civil War Album Style
    1861, Esther Griffin for her daughter MaryIt's time to think about next year's Block of the Month with a Civil War theme. I think it should be pieced as I wanted the piecers to have their year without the A word. So my first thought was:Pieced blocks from album samplers... Read more »
  • Yankee Diary Block 4: Right Makes Might
    Yankee Diary Block 4: Right Makes Mightby Danielle Bohannon.A 15" finished flag.From Carrie's diary, February 28, 1860."Grandfather asked me to read Abraham Lincoln's speech aloud which he delivered in Cooper Institute, New York, last evening, under the auspices of the Republican Club. He was escorted to the platform by David Dudley Field....The New... Read more »
  • 34 Stars in a Flag
    Patriotic QuiltEstimated date 1861 - 1863This Civil-War-era quilt is hard to appreciate from a photograph but it is certainly notable. Documented by the New Jersey quilt project, it is estimated to have over 7,000 pieces in it and 34 stars. quilt of diamonds and hexagons had passed from the maker's... Read more »




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