Elizabeth Keckley is best known as being the mantua maker for Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln. She didn’t only work for Mrs. Lincoln, she was a very well known dressmaker throughout the well-to-do ladies of Washington, DC.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini is an interesting book of historical fiction about Mrs. Keckley.
Mrs. Keckley wasn’t just a modiste (as if this wasn’t noteworthy enough!). She was also an author in her own right. In 1868 publishing Behind the Scenes, which told her story of slavery and her part in the lives of the Lincolns.
I had never thought about it before, but of course she would also make quilts. This newsletter talks about one of her quilts. What an amazing needle woman she was!
The featured fabrics for September are designed by Timeless Treasures and Oasis:
September was National Sewing month. Included in this newsletter was 9 sewing tips and 2 quilt history myths were debunked.
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