I didn’t expect to get so many reactions on my new blog. I get real joy when I receive an email from you, you know who you are. A personal reply is on its was.
Thanks for your encouragement. Looking forward to this journey. So far, I’m only becoming more enthusiast. Not only learning how to sew these blocks but also learning more about this period in our history.
There really are a lots of Dear Jane fans out there. It amazes me how many have made this quilt and are making it at the moment. It is fantastic to know that some of you live nearby, in the Netherlands. I’m contemplating whether I will also join a virtual DJ circle. It is hard to curb my enthusiasm.
If you are busy with the Dear Jane and would like some help, go to these tutorials. Thanks Conny for directing me to this site. With the manual (which you can buy here) & these tutorials I should be able to manage.
Last night I was reading the book ‘the Civil War Sewing Circle’ by Kathleen Tracy. I learned a little more about the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Many women were drawn to this movement because at that time women weren’t allowed to own property, were denied child custody, and had no legal recourse for abusive drunk husbands. This moment set the stage for many to become involved in women’s rights, giving a kick-off to the feminism movement. Starting in the 19th century, feminism tended to arise in what we now refer to as waves, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom. First-wave feminism sought equality in property rights, changes in the marriage relationship, and, eventually, in women's suffrage, or women's right to vote. Second-wave feminism, also sometimes called women's liberation, began in the 1960s and focused on discrimination and on cultural, social, and political issues. Third-wave feminism began in the 1980s or early 1990s and addresses feminism across class and race lines.
To learn that quilt circles formed the basis of feminism is something, I gather, few know.
Tomorrow it is international Women’s Day. So make a difference, make everyday International Women's Day. Will you play your part to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding? I think it is great to learn that this al started through ‘quiltings’. Through these circles women became involved & participate in their local communities.
On a side note: here is the definition of temperance: moderation in action, thought, or feeling. I love the character Dr. Temperance ''Bones'' Brennan. I know wonder if there is a particular reason for having given this character this name. Might it be, that you can only take her in moderation ? I love surfing the internet, you learn so many new things. Will continue seeking more knowledge about the ‘Dear Jane’ quilt and this era.