oops… Did I Miss A Block?

Grandmother's Choice SchoolhouseBlock Eleven: Little Red Schoolhouse

To illustrate on what level my mind often operates, let me tell you what I was thinking when I was making this block —

I see a schoolhouse… I see a schoolhouse in the woods, in a valley, in the winter, at twilight; and inside, the lamps are lit and the schoolroom has yellow wallpaper.  (A little childish?  In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, “Eh, could be.”)

Perhaps you’ve noticed that a couple of new fabrics have tiptoed into the fabric pull for this quilt.  Probably not – gray is gray, right?

Grandmother's Choice BreechesBlock Twelve: Little Boy’s Breeches

In today’s post, Barbara Brackman brought up the subject of a failed attempt at women’s dress reform in the mid-19th century.

The idea was simple: Out with restrictive clothing such as crinolines, corsets, hoops and long skirts.  In with Turkish Trousers covered modestly with a much shorter skirt.

Does it not seem odd to you that women got the right to vote well before society accepted such a little thing as women wearing slacks?

8 thoughts on “oops… Did I Miss A Block?

  1. akagracie

    I looked through your Flickr photostream of the blocks you’ve completed thus far. I really like the way you’ve used the fabrics in various ways; it’s sort of like a kaleidoscope (I love kaleidoscopes). I definitely see the Turkish trousers in the pattern, which also makes me happy. As usual, your points are things of beauty.


    1. jotokla Post author

      I know exactly what you mean – sometimes after reading a blocks title, I look at the block and say to myself, “Huh. Really?” Little Boy’s Breeches, was one of the few times that ‘I got it’. Count yourself lucky that you didn’t have to make block 12, it was a bit of a challenge.


      1. akagracie

        The NY Times Magazine, 18 Nov 12, page 11: “They Wear the Pants in the Army, by Maud Newton: “Men in the 1860s, the historian Karen Abbott explains, were so used to “women in crinolines and bonnets,” they couldn’t imagine one in pants. Some 400 women capitalized on this naÏveté to fight in the Civil War wearing disguises.” She goes on to say, “As the Army prosecutes a brigadier general on charges of sex crimes against five women, four of them officers, it seems that women still can’t serve on their own terms.”


      1. candy

        As they say…don’t stand on one leg waiting! 🙂 I’m a little bit behind right now. And I thought I saw more Y-seams. I’ll be the Queen of Y-seams by the time this is finished!


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