On this day in 1900, author Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Mitchell was a free spirit fascinated with writing and stories as a child. After leaving Smith College to help her family, she took a job as a journalist for the Atlanta Journal to make ends meet, earning $25 per week. Injuries forced her to quit and it was during this time that she began writing the book that would make her famous, “Gone with the Wind.” She died in 1949 from injuries sustained when she was struck by a taxi in downtown Atlanta.

This quilt, titled “Whisper to the Wind,” was made by Cheri Rabourn of Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 2011 for the Quilt Alliance’s “Alliances” contest. From Cheri’s artist statement: I dedicate this quilt to my Niece – “Shonda full of beauty and grace may the sun shine softly up on your face. You’re a free spirit loving and kind sent to this earth for blessings to find. As a gentle breeze blows through your hair, whisper to the wind all your hopes, dreams and prayers.”
The annual Quilt Alliance quilt auction, titled TWENTY this year, begins Monday, November 11. Starting Monday at 9pm Eastern, you’ll be able to view and bid on the Week One quilts on eBay.com by searching for “Quilt Alliance”. As soon as the auction is live we’ll also post links our website, blog and FB page. Thanks in advance for helping to make this important fundraiser a success!

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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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: qsos@quiltalliance.org

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!


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