“Ladies’ Aid” is a patchwork block made using your embroidery machine. It uses appliqué and flip-and-sew methods to create the block.
A few interesting facts about this block:
- It was created to celebrate the Sanitary Commission. The Sanitary Commission preceded the Red Cross.
- The block, slightly different to what we have here, was first published in the Kansas City Star in 1938, but it’s origins are in the US Civil War.
You can read more about the history as written by Barbara Brackman on her blog.
What can I do with the “Ladies’ Aid” block?
The entire 52 blocks series was created to make a sampler quilt over the year. You can also use them for other projects like bags, motifs on clothing, and home decor items like oven hot pads, table cloths, and table runners.
To make a tote bag you could use four on each main panel, and two on the side panels to create a beautiful tote bag.
Instructions and sizes
It is only available for the 5×7″ hoop, the final block measures 5×5″. Not all the designs in this series will work well as a larger size, so for consistency and to maintain the dainty aspect of some of the blocks in the series, I’m keeping it to 5×5″.
All the available stitch files are provided in a single download. Remember that Bernina machines will read the EXP file type when you load it directly onto the USB stick or machine.
A video with titles showing you how to make this block is provided in your purchase note when you’ve ordered.