Category Archives: Quilt block patterns.

Quit block patterns, sources, and designs.

Homeward Bound

Hosted by the Mitton Farm: 14561 Longwoods Rd, Thamesville, ON
Painted by the Glencoe Rotary
If not for the kindness of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, I know not what would become of me or my poor twin infants. Instead, we have been given money and a wagon to take us home to our family in Amherstburg.

Moraviantown is no more. It had been our home briefly until it was set ablaze by the Americans.

The defeat left us again homeless and in a state of terror, rending the air with sobs and lamentations. We were a war-worn group and as I wandered aimlessly with a baby on each hip, I encountered an enemy officer. Unbeknownst to me, he retold my plight to the Commodore and I was provided with money and a wagon to transport us home to Amherstburg, a distance of more than 100 miles.

“May God bless and prosper him. He is the kindest and most generous gentleman in the world and has been an angel of mercy to me and my poor babies. He has not only paid this man to take us home but has given me all this money for these dear little ones.”  We are, at last, homeward bound!

By Anne Carruthers, February 2012

Source: In the Midst of Alarms; The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812, Dianne Graves, 2007, Robin Brass Studio Inc., Montreal, Que. Pg.285-286


Memory, Curran Farms, 13689 Longwoods Road, Thamesville ON

Hosted by Curran Farms, 13689 Longwoods Rd Thamesville,  Chatham-Kent,  ON 

Painted by the Bothwell Boy Scouts Troup  and Families

Word has reached our farm that the Americans are coming this way. I hide in a thicket a distance from the house in hopes that I am invisible to their keen, hungry eyes. It gives me time to gather my thoughts of times gone by.

Memories of leaving an old country for a new one, across a vast ocean.  Memories of departing again, for a beginning in a newer, better country. Memories of working side by side with my husband to clear our very own land. Memories of my first garden with the fragrant scent of lily-of-the valley but also the cabbages, onions and squash that kept us over the long winter. Memories of evenings with the family, keeping warm by the blazing hearth. Memories of two tiny graves in a clearing in the woods. Memories of the first whispers of war which we were reluctant to believe. Now they are memories no more, but a cold, cruel reality.

I am disinclined to leave my home and especially, those tiny graves, but if I must, I will rely on my happy memories to sustain me.

Written by Anne Carruthers, Melbourne.  February 2012

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Hosted by Anna and Peter Semowoniuk, 5338 Longwoods Road, Southwest Middlesex, ON

The Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern made from hexagons is characteristic of English patchwork brought here by early settlers.  English quilters called them “honeycomb quilts”.  The  hexagons are known as “sixes.”

They were a reminder of the beauty of England. Violets, geraniums, primrose and dahlias mixed with herbs.   Medicinal Echinacea, yarrow, tansy, chives and dandelions — the first greens after a long winter.

Grandmothers’ Flower Garden is the most familiar pattern to North America.   The hexagon patterns could be made of the smallest of scraps. I remember Grandma saving all the scraps in a basket and saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

Honeycomb, a one patch quilt, was made of hexagon patches sewn together without any attempts at colour arrangement.  But few quilts were random.   The six sided patches demanded experimentation at the hands of the colour-loving women who worked with them.  Even the oldest tattered remnants of hexagon quilts show attempts at arranging colour.  In time, more elaborate mosaic patterns evolved.

A typical pattern as featured on the Semowniuk barn shows a centre circled by six contrasting hexagons and another twelve around that, and a fourth circle of 24.  The yellow centre represents a flower’s centre surrounded by petals; then a background of green representing the garden; followed by white reminiscent of the picket fences of English gardens.

This pattern mimics the amazing honeybee hive — six-sided cells filled with sweet golden goodness — perfectly shaped architecture serving the purpose of reproduction and food storage.

Bees were brought to this area by the Moravian Delawares in 1793 from the USA for pollination and honey products. The honeybee soon escaped man and made new homes in the backwoods across North America.  Settlers learned how to find these “bee trees”. Some even became professional bee hunters.

On hot summer days Grandpa, Dad and I would take some wax and honey and melt it on a stone. Soon some bees would appear and we followed them to the hoard. Sometimes we smoked them out, robbing them of their honey. Other times we cut down the tree and sectioned out the trunk where the bees were using it as a hive.

Grandmothers Flower Garden is one of our best loved vintage quilts but very few new ones are made.  This is a very labour intensive quilt pattern usually pieced and quilted by hand.

Written by Laura Hathaway, February 2012


Jones, Robert Leslie, History of Agriculture in Ontario 1613-1880, 1977, University of Toronto Press, Toronto and Buffalo

Northcott Silk Inc. sponsors the War of 1812 story quilts!!

Northcott Silk Inc. has donated bolts and bolts of fabric for the two War of 1812 story quilts.

Northcott is an International Distributor and Converter of fine cotton printed fabrics for the quilt, craft and home decor industries.

Founded in 1935, Northcott was originally a fashion textile converter. During the mid ’80s they shifted focus to the  cotton print market. Their cotton prints are in retail stores and quilt shops around the world.

Sixty blocks have been designed. One by one they are being pieced together by quilters throughout the area.  Joan Hillhorst, at Sew Creative,  quilt coordinator, is looking for a quilting group to stitch the quilt.

Shirley Baker and Freda Henry plan story quilt.

Quilt of Belonging in Montreal

Quilt of Belonging

We are thrilled to present Quilt of Belonging in Montreal at the Salon des métiers d’art du Québec this December at Place Bonaventure from December 2-22. The hours of the exhibit are Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday and December 22nd, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Free admission.

The Quilt has been enjoyed by over 1.4 million people while on tour across Canada. The project has been exhibited across Canada, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Olympic Games and Para Olympics in Vancouver and the G20 summit in Toronto.

Our popular bilingual website provides a wealth of information, including a short video which shows the vision and scope of the project. TheQuilt is in school textbooks across Canada and is part of educational efforts around the world.

Hope to meet you there!

Esther Bryan
Fibres du monde / Quilt of Belonging
Tel: 613-347-2381