“Camp Follower’s Scrap Bag”

14 11 2012

A camp follower, usually female, followed soldiers from one encampment to another. Some, to be sure, were women of ill repute. Many, however, were married to soldiers or wanted to aid them in the midst of military campaigns. Cooks, sutlers, laundresses, nurses . . . even spies!

American folklore is rich with stories of camp followers during the Revolutionary War like Molly Pitcher and during the Civil War like Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross.

This quilt is made from Civil War reproduction fabric scraps of three modern day camp followers: Pam, Kathy, and myself. Thanks, fellow Army wives, for injecting color and variety into my project.

We moved camp this summer from Stuttgart to Fayetteville. I designed and pieced “Camp Follower’s Scrap Bag” during the transition, quilted it with an all over feather design last month, and bound it over the weekend. Filled with wool batting, this quilt is sure to keep my soldier and me, his follower, toasty warm this winter.

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