My Civil War Sampler Block 16 is Tennessee:
I confess that this is one of my least favorite of all the blocks I’ve completed thus far. (And I’ve actually done 28+ at this point, but I haven’t written about them all yet…)
The color that I associate with Tennessee is, again (like Louisiana), related to the school colors of a large state university there: orange.
And, I had really been jonesing to use that rather strange berry-leafy print. The purple square in the middle is just a color that I thought coordinated with some of the berries, as did the orange.
But all in all, I’m not too thrilled with how this came out. Usually — thankfully — I have the pleasant surprise of the opposite occurrence: choosing the colors, getting halfway through, thinking I’m not sure about it, and then being pretty happy with the results after all.
(This was the case with a pink, green, and brown quilt Mom and I made in 2013 – the cuts of cloth looked fine together on the table, then it looked pretty dicey mid-way through, but in the end we liked it after all.)
Relating to history, the story in the book (I can’t actually find it on the blog) happens to mention that Tennessee hosted more Civil War battles than any other state, save Virginia.
If you had asked me this question in trivia — “after Virginia, what state had the most Civil War battles?” — I would have had a hard time coming up with the answer (if I did at all). But it makes sense, with Tennessee being near the “middle” of things (north/south-wise) and also being quite “elongated” east/west. No wonder armies were marching around through Tennessee (and inevitably meeting up with each other) so much!
You’ve no doubt heard of the Battle of Shiloh, which took place in April 1862 at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, along the west bank of the Tennessee River. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the war.
It’s a stretch to relate this, but I can hardly think of Tennessee in connection with the Civil War and not think of Shiloh and consequently of one particular soldier I researched several years ago and who died as a result of his injuries from that battle. If you’re interested, here’s the first part of my A Tale of Two Howards, which follows two Ohio cousins – both named Howard (their mothers’ maiden name) – who fought in the Civil War.
Come to think of it, though, I guess I could tie both of these thoughts together – the quilt square and the “Howard” boys – by saying that nothing ever turns out quite the way you think it will (for good or bad).