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Historical Reflections

Civil War Remembrances, in honor of The Civil War 150th Anniversary
(88″ x 98″)

Pieced by Sue Hickman       Berryville, Va       3/2013

This scrappy queen-sized quilt was completed to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War. Its 56 blocks feature Civil War reproduction fabrics and the centers highlight important people and events pivotal to the war. Down the side border of the quilt are the words of the final paragraph of President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address on Saturday, March 4th, 1865. This address was given just a little more than a month before he was assassinated. The top border features Union soldiers and General Ulysses S. Grant, the victors. The bottom border features Confederate soldiers and General Robert E Lee.

This quilt showed at the 2013 Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show, held in Berryville, Va.

 

 

 

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Suffrage in 48 (45″ x 44″)
Pieced by Sue Hickman       Berryville, Va       7/2011
It won a Blue Ribbon at the Clarke County Fair in August 2012.

Blank note cards featuring this quilt are currently available for purchase in sets of four (4) for $12.00 by emailing Sue@Studio2724.com .

This quilt also showed at the 2013 Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show, held in Berryville, Va.

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Throughout the Civil War, another war was waged behind the scenes, the struggle for the right of women to vote.

First perilously proposed in the United States in July 1848 at the Women’s Rights Convention, it wasn’t until August, 1920 that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was signed into law giving women in all 48 states the right to vote.

This traditional block pattern was first published in 1884 as “Sawtooth” in the publication “Farm & Fireside”.

 

Near A Railroad Crossing (1) (43″ x 43″)
Pieced by Sue Hickman       Berryville, Va       7/2011
This quilt showed at the 2013 Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show, held in Berryville, Va.

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Near A Railroad Crossing (2) (20″ x 20″)
Pieced by Sue Hickman       Berryville, Va       7/2011

Blank note cards featuring this quilt are currently available for purchase in sets of four (4) for $12.00 by emailing Sue@Studio2724.com .

This quilt showed at the 2013 Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show, held in Berryville, Va and earned a Third Place Viewer’s Choice Award in the “Other” category.

This quilt was one of the quilts showcased in a Solo-Artist “Art in the Halls” show at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA from October 18th, 2016 through January 22nd, 2017.

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I named these quilts with Railroad Crossing blocks for where, on July 21, 1861, near the Manassas, Virginia railway junction, the first major battle of The Civil War took place. This First Battle of Bull Run was named for a stream that flowed across Wilmer McLean’s field where battle yielded a Confederate victory.

Interestingly, less than four long years later, on April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E Lee surrendered to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of McLean’s farmhouse in the community of Appomattox Court House marking the beginning of the end of the war.

“It began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor.”
~ Wilmer McLean

No, these two events did not occur in the same place. Wilmer Mclean had moved after those initial battles to make a new home in Appomattox Court House.

 

A Quilt of Many Colors (32.25″ x 26.25″)
Pieced and Quilted by Sue Hickman       Berryville, Va       11/2011
This quilt was shown in the 2013 Quilter’s Unlimited 40th Anniversary Quilt Show at the Dulles Expo Center.

 

 

Remembering the many colors of The Civil War.

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A House Divided, No More (27.75″ Sq.)
Pieced and Quilted by Sue Hickman       Berryville, Va       12/2011
This quilt showed at the 2013 Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show, held in Berryville, Va. and also in the 2013 Quilter’s Unlimited 40th Anniversary Quilt Show at Dulles Expo Center.

 

This quilt has the honor of making a trans-Atlantic journey where it was given to Chloe Rebecca Smith (Member of Britain’s Conservative Party, youngest minister in Parliament, Economic Secretary to the Treasurer) on the occasion of her marriage to Former Parachute Regiment Officer and Financial Consultant, Sandy McFadzean in the fall of 2013.

Chloe Smith married in England Fall 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Biblical Truth – Mark 3:25 “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

On June 16, 1858, in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, when nominated to be their candidate for U.S. Senate, delivered a speech to his Illinois Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. Lincoln boldly addressed the challenges of his times and shared that he foresaw a time when these United States would cease to be divided over the issue of slavery. It took a Civil War to bring about his vision for our great nation.

On April 9, 1865, The Civil War was essentially ended when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at  Appomattox Court House, Virginia, and soon our nation was divided no more.

In this quilt, the individual stars represent the re-unification of the blue and the gray, the North and the South, the Union and the Confederate with Court House Steps prominently featured in the center with house blocks anchoring the four corners.

Patterns for these Eight-Point Star blocks were first published in 1897 in the Ladies Art Company, then again as a Two Star Quilt in 1899 in Farm and Home.

 

 

Winchester’s War  (10.75″ x 9.5″)
Pieced and Quilted by Sue Hickman       Berryville, Va       2/2012

This quilt showed at the 2013 Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show, held in Berryville, Va and won the First Place Viewer’s Choice Award in the “Miniature Category”.

This quilt was one of the quilts showcased in a Solo-Artist “Art in the Halls” show at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA from October 18th, 2016 through January 22nd, 2017.


 

 

 

 

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An Historical Reflection on the pivotal role Winchester, Va and the surrounding Northern Shenandoah Valley played in The Civil War. These 72 Blue and Gray Xs represent the 72 times the city changed hands, South – North and back again under confederate and Union control.
This quilt, though small, contains 326 pieces and can also be viewed on the Twisted Treasures tab.