Civil War Sampler: #3 Barbara Frietchie Star

My third Civil War Sampler block is Barbara Frietchie Star:

Barbara Frietchie Star, completed July 14, 2018

Barbara Frietchie Star, completed July 14, 2018

This is the first one where I read Brackman’s story first, thought about it, and then chose colors. The anecdote is about a fiery old woman named (of course) Barbara in Frederick, Maryland.

I was not totally inspired, design-wise, by anything particular to this story, so I zeroed in on the part about Maryland. I looked up what the Maryland state flag looks like. And I took color inspiration from that: red, yellow, black.

Maryland state flag (public domain image from Wikipedia)

Maryland state flag (public domain image from Wikipedia)

(Wow, there is a lot more information you can learn about the Maryland state flag on Wikipedia, which I only looked at just now…for instance, apparently, it is one of only 4 U.S. state flags to not include the color blue. Huh.)

There’s not a lot else to say about this one… I was a little afraid it might be a disaster with those two reds…and the black and yellow…because, no offense to Maryland, but that is not a bunch of colors I would have been likely to put together myself… But I think it came out okay. Here’s to harmless experiments that come out better than anticipated!

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