A Beothuk QAL Update

It’s time to get sewing on the Beothuk quilt along that Sandra at mmm Quilts is hosting.  Today she releases some tips and information to get into the meat of the quilt top, but it’s not too late to get started.  You’ll find more details on her website, as well as our post showing our fabric choices from a few days ago.

Beothuk Star New Coloring

Beothuk photo courtesy of Sandra

Beothuk Planning

I carefully made a list of all the different size pieces we need for our version of Beothuk.  Since we have the exact fabrics as pictured above in Sandra’s rendition, I imagine it will pretty much replicate it closely.  I handed the list off to The Cutting Department a.k.a. Sue.  Since Sue is also Miss Organization she carefully labeled each fabric with the color names I chose.  Cutting commenced before you knew it with time to spare.

Beothuk Background

The background of the Beothuk people keeps praying on my mind, and I’d be remiss without sharing a bit of it with you.  They were the descendants of an Indian culture called the Little Passage Complex.  Good ‘ole Google informs me that they are the aboriginal people of the island of Newfoundland. They were Algonkian-speaking hunter-gatherers who probably numbered less than a thousand people at the time of European contact.  They became extinct in 1829 mostly from disease.

Beothuk cut

Our pieces are all cut and we’re ready to get sewing (if we get a machine back soon).  If you have a few fat quarters and some yardage, you can make your own flavor of a Beothuk quilt.


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11 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    This is going to be one pretty quilt!

  2. What a beautiful quilt to make! It was new to me to learn about the Beothuk tribe and I think it is awesome you two are making this quilt in their name!

  3. chrisknits says:

    It will be a stunning piece!

  4. Tish says:

    This is going to be so beautiful! I’m not getting to play along in this one. I’m like Vicki, if only there were more hours in a day 🙁 I’m going to live through you and Sue on this one 🙂

  5. Love seeing these all cut; great job Sue!! Thanks so much for giving more information about the Beothuk people, such a tragedy, and sadly, not the only one here in North America. I need to put the story again in the QAL. It was in the original quilt post. Excited to see the HSTs grow!

  6. Nann says:

    You had me at Beothuk. We learned about them (and much more) on our splendid two-week trip to Newfoundland with Road Scholar. Nifty quilt design, too!

  7. I really love those fabrics! What a cool quilt design!

  8. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne and Sue,
    Roseanne, you are so privileged to have Sue as your quilting partner and of course vice versa. It is just marvelous the way the two of you have figured out who likes to do what and so you have come up with a way to use it to both of your benefit. I am always grateful whenever my husband agrees to help me out with something I am doing. One of the tasks he likes to do is rip out seams for me. It really does not matter what the help is, it is just always delightful to have a bit of help. I know that you both are going to enjoy this QAL! I am looking forward to seeing all of your posts on this QAL! Sorry that I can not join in, yet I have enough projects to keep me plenty busy for the remainder of this year and next year! Have a fantastic day!

  9. Maybe Sue would cut my fabrics, too? 🙂 That is something I’m very slow at. But as soon as I see Sandra’s post about next steps, I’ll want to start sewing, so I’d better get back to the rotary cutter and ruler! Thanks for including the info about the Beothuk people in your post – so interesting!

  10. Vicki in MN says:

    Darn it all I wish I had more hours in my day to just play. But I won’t let myself join in on this one as I still haven’t sewn Tish’s QAL together. Too many things to make and finish;0 So I will just enjoy everyone else’s.

  11. Oh, thanks for the reminder! I need to get my fabrics out and get them cut. Too many diversions going on over here! Haha.

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