In Episode 20, Eula gets a surprise visitor and teaches her first quilting class.
As much as I love Emmeline, it’s always a bit of a relief to follow an Emmeline chapter with a Eula chapter. It’s like going home after a busy day, kicking off your shoes and finally getting a chance to relax. At the beginning of Chapter Thirty-One, we find Eula getting ready to teach a quilting class, using Maisie as her guinea pig.
The block Eula starts with is a Churn Dash block and, for fun, I decided to make one for myself. If you want to make your own, here’s a quick pictorial tutorial:
For a 9″ finished block, you’ll need (4) 3.5″ half-square triangles (go here for a simple HST tutorial), (4) 3.5″ half and half squares that you’ll make by strip piecing (2) 14″ x 2″ rectangles, one of each color, and then cutting (4) squares, and one 3.5″ square for the center. Easy!
Sew all your units together and you’ve got your block!
I think I’m going to use mine for a potholder.
Eula’s quilting class takes place at the Milton Falls Library, which I imagine as one of the libraries Andrew Carnegie built. Are you familiar with the Carnegie Libraries? The National Park Service has a nice post explaining their history here, but the basic facts are that 1,670 libraries were built all across America between 1886 and 1919, funded by Carnegie to the tune of 40 million dollars.
Here’s a picture of the Carnegie Library in East Liverpool, Ohio:
I can just see Eula climbing up those steps back in Chapter One, can’t you?
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