This week has seen some progress on my Votes for Women blocks. I have completed 3 more blocks but for some unknown reason, I skipped block #23!? Strange!! I'll go back and sew that one, but until then, you can see my most recently made blocks.
Here is Block #22 Jack's Delight. I am delighted with how my variation of this block turned out!
It was very interesting to read about the female archetypes and the use of "humour" in maintaining the status quo.
This is block #24 called True Blue. Of course I had to use some blue fabric and like how this block turned out.
What is a "true blue"?
Barbara Brackman said:
The term blue-stocking was an insult, although many women wrote they were proud to be blue. The word implied a woman who read, who wrote (for publication, horrors!), who discussed ideas, literature, philosophy and history, who valued conversation over cardplaying. The subtleties of the insult changed with the generations but the negatives were that a blue was unfeminine, unattractive, slovenly, pretentious and a freak of nature.
I am proud to admit that I am part of the ranks of the "True Blue" women - freak of nature that I am! LOL
I also finished block #25 called the Carrie Nation block...so pretty with the red fabrics. What an interesting woman Carrie Nation was! Reading about her reminded me of my Aunt Lottie (short for Charlotte) because both Carrie Nation and my Aunt Lottie were about 6 feet tall, which was considered to be very unusual back in the early 1900's.
My Aunt Lottie towered over most people. In this photo you can see how much taller she was than her sister and her parents. I wonder how she found clothing and shoes to fit her back then?
Aunt Lottie was my favorite aunt as a young child (actually she was my Mother's aunt and my "Great Aunt"). She taught me to walk tall, stand up straight, and to be gentle and kind. She also was my only crafty relative and she spent many hours teaching me how to knit. She knit mittens, slippers and sweaters for the needy, and although she didn't have much herself, she was always making something to donate to missions. Aunt Lottie died in the mid 1970's and I still miss her.