WELCOME to Block of the Month (BOM) 2018
Email: bom@smithtownstitchers.com

Block of the Month 2018

The theme of the 2018 Block of the Month is Tales of First Ladies.  These traditional
blocks pay tribute to first ladies who have earned their place in history.

Members will construct two blocks from the same pattern.  The first "pin up" and drawing
will be in February.  

Directions are provided for both the Go! Cutter and traditional rotary cutting.  

Don't have a Go! Cutter?  Members can bring their fabric cut to the measurements given
in the Go! instructions to Sew Time before the meeting.  Go! Cutters with the appropriate
dies will be available.

1792 Cornerstone laid on the White House
The first block celebrates all the ladies of the White House.  While Washington oversaw
the construction of the White House, it was John and Abigail Adams that were the first to
move in.  In a letter to his wife, John Adams shared this sentiment:
"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this House and on all that shall
hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof."

1768-1849 Dolley Payne Todd Madison
The second block features Dolley Madison.  Born a Quaker in North Carolina, she
married James Madison after the death of her first husband.  When the War of 1812
brought the British to Washington, she stayed behind while other residents fled.  She
went from room to room saving historically precious items like the Constitution and the
Declaration of Independence.  

1864-1947 Frances Folsom Cleveland
The third block features Frances Folsom Cleveland.  She was the youngest first lady
when she married Grover Cleveland at only twenty one years of age.  She captured the
heart of the country and people flocked to the White House to meet her at receptions that
Frances would hold on Saturday afternoons so that working women could attend.

1884-1962 Eleanor Roosevelt
The fourth block features Eleanor Roosevelt.  Its is said that she was afraid of becoming
the first lady because she worried that she would lose her identity.  She was a force of
nature and a strong personality, meeting with the average American and becoming the
eyes and ears of her husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt after he was confined to a
wheelchair due to polio.  She was so busy that she had little time for housekeeping or
menu planning.  The visiting king and queen of England were once served hot dogs at a
White House dinner!

1831-1889 Lucy Webb Hayes
The fifth block features Lucy Webb Hayes.  Wife of Rutherford B. Hayes, she was
nicknamed "Lemonade Lucy" after she decided not to serve alcohol at the White House
as she believed it undignified.  She was a proponent of abolition of slavery and rights for
women.  She is quoted as saying "Woman's mind is as strong as man's...equal in all
things and superior in some."

Block 1: Ladies of the White House - January/February

Block 2: Dolley Madison - March/April

We will display your interpretation of each block at the meeting.  Those who complete
blocks will be entered into a raffle to win a prize.  

There will have be a limited number of printed instructions at each meeting. If you have
the capacity to receive these instructions electronically, please do not take a printed
copy.  The instruction have been scanned in a PDF format and will be emailed to those
members that have email addresses listed in the membership list.  Let’s save a few
trees while we’re at it.

If you plan to combine these twelve blocks into a single quilt project at the end of the year,
you may consider gathering all of your fabric at the start.  Here is a list of fabric needed
to complete the blocks.
Yardage Requirements:
Focus Fabric               one fat quarter
Background                 seven fat quarter or 1 1/4 yards
Color family one          four fat quarters
Color family two           four fat quarters
Color family three        three fat quarters
Color family four          four fat quarters
Accent                          two fat quarters

Just in case you haven't finished your 2017 Block of the Month, the instructions will
remain up for a while.  Remember, there will be a special drawing for an iron in March for
those who have finished at least the quilt top.

February: March in the Mountains
March: Skirmishing, Cannon Firing and Uproar
April: Pleasant Campaign
May: A Beautiful Picture
June: Back Home
July: Travels
August: Jersey Boys
September: Treat From Home
October: The Monitor
November: Letters Or Papers From Home
December: Hospitals
Block of the Month
Board Member - Linda Neikam & Mary Oehrlein