Historical society to host quilt cutting

UNION – Members of the McHenry County Historical Society Heritage Quilters, up to their collective elbows in a Civil War-inspired quilt for 2013, will begin planning their 2014 quilt during the Jan. 16 Quilt Cutting and Potluck.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. at the museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. A potluck lunch is at noon.

Group President Jan Knight said the newest design was inspired by William Morris, an English artist, writer and textile designer with a penchant for botanical designs.

“There are eight or 10 different fabrics and all of the blocks have some kind of botanics – everything from red tulips to tiny little vines,” Knight said in a news release. “We chose a Card Trick pattern mainly because the blocks are simple.”

As always, the quilt will be large enough for a king- or queen-sized bed – 95 or 96 inches square. Knight said more than 70 blocks were needed.

Seasoned quilters as well as those interested in learning how to quilt are invited to attend. For information, call 815-923-2267 or email info@mchsonline.org.

The finished product is raffled off, raising funds for the nonprofit historical society while perpetuating the skills of hand quilting.

The quilt program, which began in 1980, will result this spring in a patchwork-style quilt prevalent during the Civil War era. It should be ready to hang in March.

The quilt, named “Jennie’s Legacy,” marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and honors the civilian casualty of that landmark battle – 20-year-old Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade.

The local seamstress, died July 3, 1863, while baking bread for Union soldiers in the house of her sister, Georgia McClellan.

Learn about the Heritage Quilters at www.gothistory.org.

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