Mohicans in Morganton
On this day in 1826 The Last of the Mohicans, the second in a series of 5 novels by New Jersey author James Fennimore Cooper, was published. The book was adapted for film several times starting in 1912. The 1992 version of the film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was filmed in part in Western North Carolina in the Lake James community near the small town of Morganton (my home town).


This Tulip or Rose Tree quilt, made for a wedding gift, was entirely handmade by Sarah Elizabeth Brittain Walton of Morganton, N.C. around 1870. Sarah was a Scotch-Irish mother of six who was an expert seamstress and did all sorts of handiwork. Sarah’s granddaughter inherited the quilt and documented it during the North Carolina Quilt Project in 1986.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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How To Trim Flying Geese Without A Specialty Ruler

If you don’t have a Bloc-Loc ruler, you may find trimming these flying geese challenging. But by following these steps, you should be able to get four accurate geese in each color!

First, line up your ruler so the point of the flying geese unit will be trimmed exactly ¼” above the point. Try to line the unit up as straight as possible on the other three sides.

Next, flip the unit over. Line up the edge you just cut on the 2” line of the ruler as shown below, and trim the excess from the top.

Flip the unit right side up again. Line the lower left corner up with the 3 ½” mark on your ruler as shown above. Trim the excess on the right.

Finally, flip the unit over again so the point is pointing towards the 2” line. Align the left edge of the unit with the 3 ½” ruler mark as shown above and trim the excess on the right. Your flying goose unit is now ready to be pieced into your block!

Quilt Documentation Tip

 Andrea’s block story is all about the importance of quilt guilds. Quilting can feel solitary, but guilds bring us together. It’s a topic of conversation that was discussed with two Birthday Block of the Month Designers in a recent Textile Talk where the participants all shared emotional stories about their love for their guilds. 

Did you know that your guild can document your quilts as a group? Consider hosting a quilt documentation day in your guild! Follow these instructions and have members share three minute stories about one meaningful quilt in the Quilt Alliance’s signature Go Tell It documentation program. You could even host a screening so all of your members can see the videos! Get in touch at:

See You in October for Month Seven!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! Our designer for next month, the seventh block we’re making together, is Bonnie Hunter herself! 

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @3rdstoryworkshop on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM. And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


  1. Sue

    I sure do enjoy this blog and the history tidbits. I love, love this quilt!

    • quiltalliance

      Thanks, Sue. Glad to have your feedback! Just realized this quiltmaker made two of the same quilt, as well as another variation of the Tulip pattern, and both are documented in the Index. She had six children–so she had a lot of wedding presents to make!


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