On this day in 1820, pioneering English nurse Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. Nightingale, nicknamed the Lady with the Lamp, was the lead nurse in a unit caring for British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War, spending many hours making night rounds in the wards. She founded the first scientifically based nursing school in London. International Nurses Day is observed on May 12 each year commemorates her birth and celebrates the important role of nurses in health care.

This Wild Goose Chase quilt was made by the mother of Mrs. Van Dusen in the 1850’s in North Ridgeville, Ohio. At the age of 84, Mrs. Van Dusen gave the quilt to Daisy Lamberton of Battle Creek, Michigan, who documented the quilt as part of the Michigan Quilt Project in 1987. From this Quilt Index record:

“Mrs. Van Dusen said her mother made this quilt during Civil War Years. Her mother was a nurse. I worked in OAD/PA, the Pentagon, Washington D.C., I was a member of an Antiques Club. Each week we had a speaker pertaining to different subjects. A speaker who collected quilts, said she had never seen a double and triple quilted quilt- thought it had outstanding work on it.”

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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