Have you seen the Grandmother's Choice block of the week Quilt Along? It is a project by Barbara Brackman is which she weekly provides a quilt block tutorial and gives information about the struggle for the right for women to vote. Every Saturday morning (in the USA, so for me it is the afternoon) there is a new post with an interesting story and a block tutorial.
Sometimes the blocks are quite easy to make, but some are a big challenge. Luckily there is also a Flickr group in which people show off their blocks, and this group is proving to be very motivating and supportive! People leave lots of very sweet comments on my photos, and when I see that a particularly hard block has already been made by several stitchers, it gives me the confidence to at least try, and persevere to get it done.
In The Netherlands we vote by coloring a little circle with a red pencil. That's why I have decided to make all these blocks (there will be 49) in red and white, with the red varying from pink to rusty brown. When you look at the image of the red pencil, you can also understand some of my fabric choices (I mean the Aneela Hoey circles in squares fabric). Another private little assignment for myself is that I am going to photograph and upload these blocks only using my iPhone and Instagram. That makes it nice and quick, a no PC project.
This project inspired me to find out a bit more about women's right to vote in my own country: In The Netherlands women received the passive right to vote (the right to be elected) in 1917, in 1919 they were allowed to actively vote, and in 1922 the first elections were held when women actually were sent a ballot and voted. That is only 90 years ago!! A very important person in the fight for all kinds of women's rights was Aletta Jacobs. She was the first girl to attend higher education. In 1878 she became the first female doctor and later she introduced contraceptives in The Netherlands. She was a peace activist and also chairwoman of the Dutch society for the right to vote for women. Here is a link to more information about Aletta Jacobs.
There is still time to join the project! Nine blocks down, forty to go...