Block Twenty-Five: Carrie Nation

Carry Nation, 1910.

We’re just past the halfway mark in this quilt project; twenty-five down, twenty-four to go.

According to Barbara Brackman, this is a Kansas City Star pattern from 1940 celebrating Carrie Nation, who was known for her radical and militant actions against the use of alcohol.

Was Carrie Nation a genius working for the temperance movement, or simply a lionized psychopath?  Hard to say since we can’t get inside Carrie’s head, but looking at the photo at left, I’m leaning towards the latter.  If I met this woman in public, I’d probably be tempted to cross to the other side of the street to avoid her – she frightens me in a Stephen King kind of way, definitely not a person I’d want to bump into during an alcohol fueled free-for-all.  Maybe it’s the hatchet.

A super easy block this week, and the patches were small enough that I was able to use scraps that I scrounged from my itty-bitty pieces pile.  Scraps don’t leave much room for fussy cuts, but the way I see it, those little orts cost just as much per yard as the large piece of fabric did, so why not save ’em and use ’em.  Isn’t this part of the quilter’s ethos?  If not, it should be.

Carrie Nation Barbara Brackman Fight For Womens Rights Quilt Grandmother's Choice

The 4-patches remind me that I still have a nearly complete Easy Street top on the design board (as if I could forget).  Have I mentioned that there are one hundred and ninety-two 4-patches in Bonnie Hunter’s quilt?  Indeed there are.  I need to take one final look at block placement, then wrap that project up and move on, it’s time.

Speaking of moving on, color me out of here – my sewing machine is singing its siren song again.

4 thoughts on “Block Twenty-Five: Carrie Nation

  1. akagracieJean

    Contrary opinion here. I don’t find Ms Nation so scary when I imagine the photo is of her wielding her hatchet while lecturing the TX governor: “You are an idiot, Rick. You are wrong, wrong, wrong about Planned Parenthood and health care in general, and voting rights and gun control and every other damn thing you talk about.” Sure, she looks mean, but couldn’t it be the tightly controlled hair, unflattering black clothes, and determined look? Perhaps if she had started using moisturizer at an early age, she wouldn’t look so bad. In fact, Ms Nation reminds me of my 4th grade teacher, who had a reputation for meanness, but who became my favorite instructor of all (and, of course, I have always had a reputation for being mean, so perhaps I identify with women who look like this)


    1. Jo Post author

      Tightly controlled hair? Unflattering black clothes? Wait a minute… are you describing Carrie or me?

      I like the way you think, Gracie. We could definitely use a Carrie Nation, in Texas, or Oklahoma, or wherever. It would be nice to have somebody stir things up again before we become too complacent (as I think the youngest generation of adult women have become, judging by conversations I overhear. So many of them haven’t got a clue).


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