Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Antebellum #5 and Applique

After two tries at inking the center of Cross and Crown I changed my mind and went for a totally different design.

I found this sweet drawing on Pinterest and added my 2nd gr-grandmother's name.

Phebe Marsland was christened on March 8, 1829 at St. Michael's Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England. According to the 1841 census she was a 'cotton tester' at the age of 14. She married Robert Bower on December 26, 1847 and in 1851 was the mother of one and employed as a 'steam loom weaver.' At the age of 29 she immigrated to the U.S. with four of their children and had seven more between 1858 and 1871.

Phebe was 49 years old when she died on September 27, 1878 in Lawrence, MA. She is buried in Bellevue Cemetery with her husband, Robert, and their two children: James age 10 drowned on the Merrimack River in 1861 and James R. age 3 died in 1869. The Marsland name has been passed down through three generations: my gr-grandfather Samuel Marsland Bower, my grandfather Stanton Marsland Bower--and me. Yes, that's my middle name :)  

I've been doing a little applique lately and finally finished sewing the hexies around this Dutch panel. I only had enough background fabric for the first border so am contemplating a floral stripe next.  

It's been a while since I appliqued anything 'curvy' so I'm a little out of practice but I got hooked on these cute appliques that are being offered by Gay at Sentimental Stitches. She is making patterns from an antique quilt and some of the blocks were made in NJ. So that's what got me started--NJ names and places. I hardly ever work in greens but I'm liking the way they look. Thanks, Lori, for posting the info about this BOM on your blog :) And, thank you, Mark for that green print in the first block and all the other fabrics you shared with me :)


I finally brought my houseplants outdoors :)

Have a great week!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Your Antebellum block is beautiful (as usual !) and I love the story of your 2nd gr-grandmother !
    The appliqué blocks are awesome with these greens... Oh ! it's summer in NJ no ? :) Enjoy !

  2. Beautiful inking in the center of your block.
    Interesting story about Phebe. She sounds like a strong woman!
    Your fussy-cut hexies around the panel look so good together. Nice work!
    Your applique looks good to me. I just don't do it--curved or straight! :)

  3. I don't know what your first attempts looked like, but this inking is beautiful! I love the medallion quilt thus far. I have not seen that panel, love it! Your applique looks perfect to me, guess it is like riding a bike! I love the colors too.

  4. What a beautiful block for your GGM. I love the bird (of course). It is incredible how much history you know!
    Those hexies dance around that panel perfectly. It looks lovely.
    cute applique blocks too!

  5. The inking you added to the block is lovely. Knowing so many details about your relatives is such a treasure. Your applique blocks are great and I love the dutch hexies and the panel. You've been busy.

  6. Love your Antebellum block and your applique looks great! What method do you use?