Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Tribute to Sacagawea

The Kansas City Star’s gorgeous Block of the Month for 2012 honors the American heroine, Sacagawea, the only woman to travel with Lewis and Clark’s expedition.  The young mother, who carried her infant son on her back throughout the arduous journey, was a symbol of peace to other Native Americans. Her contributions were many, her bravery and fearless heart outstanding. Laurie Simpson, of Simpson and Minick, designed, stitched and quilted this quilt that commemorates Sacagawea’s spirit and courage. We're captivated by the folk art imagery in this quilt!

Spirit of Sacagawea, 66 x 84", by Laurie Simpson at Minick and Simpson

This beautiful quilt was made from Laurie Simpson's scrap basket with all the red, white, and blue scraps of Minick and Simpson collections. The quilt is a combination of pieced and applique work; six blocks are pieced and the rest are appliqued.  The block-of-the-month set includes all 12 patterns plus the finishing instructions.

About Laurie Simpson:  Laurie Simpson has delighted others with her quilts for over 30 years. Drawn to traditional themes and techniques, she piece, appliques, and quilts by hand. Laurie is the co-author of "Folk Art Friends; Hooked Rugs and Coordinating Quilts" and "Everyday Folk Art; Hooked Rugs and Quilts to Make" with her sister Polly Minick. Laurie is also a Moda Fabric designer and will be included in the new book "Designer Quilts: Great Projects from Moda's Best Fabric Artists."

Image credits:  The image is shown with the generous permission of Laurie Simpson.  For more information including patterns, kits and books please visit the Minick and Simpson website.


  1. I like the look of this quilt, although I think it is probably the colour combination. I'm not supposed to be starting anything new, so I will just have to look (for now)

  2. I would LOVE to do this block of the month!! Any chance it is being offered now?

  3. Pip, thanks for stopping by - we're glad you like this one. But we know you have enough on your plate already :-)

  4. Pat, Thanks for your comment! The BOM is still available, see the links provided or paste this into your browser: http://www.minickandsimpson.com/pages/where_to_find.php


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