My third Civil War Sampler block is Barbara Frietchie Star:
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.
(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!