The quilts above and below are from a Kansas City Star Quilts book I wrote called Borderland in Butternut and Blue. We used navy blue and yellow ochre to symbolize the Confederacy and the Union in the Civil War.
We tend to think of Civil War colors as “the blue and the gray,” but many Southern soldiers had no access to official Confederate uniforms and wore their everyday clothing made of home-dyed butternut.
Butternut dye from walnut trees produces shades of brown up to a muted yellow. We recall its usefulness for workclothes in today’s Carharrt coveralls that are dyed the same shade (undoubtedly with a modern dye).
My book features a sampler quilt with some stand-along projects. Click here.
Now is a good time to make the blocks because I’ve used the shades of blue and yellow in my Moda collection Civil War Homefront. It’s in quilt shops now.
Below are a few of the sampler blocks by Gloria Clark.
Check out these other books and patterns from Barbara Brackman:
Juniper and Mistletoe
Strawberry Thief pattern
Birthday Cake pattern
Arts and Crafts Sunflower pattern
The Lost Quilt Masterpieces notecards
Carrie Hall’s Sampler
The Lincoln Museum Quilt
Women of Design