Dear Jane A-8: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale

I loved this one so much because the symbolism of the cross fits so nice with the name of the block. Florence Nightingale is the founder of modern day nursing and pioneer of modern-day healthcare. Her ideas about healthcare first manifested when she was in charge of the British field hospital during the Crimean war (1853 – 1856), where she imposed a regime of clean water, healthy food and laundering sheets and bandages frequently. This managed to cut down loses of men caused by infections incurred in hospital. In her later life she, among other things, managed to improve general healthcare by applying statistical principles. Statistics helped to convince politicians from the use of imposing better hygiene regimes. So in short a wonderful woman to dedicate a Dear Jane block to.

 In hindsight it would maybe have been better to pick red or green for this block, but then again nobody likes to be too obvious. Also I realizes the connection between the pattern and the name too late. This is how my block turned out:


Dear Jane A-8: Florence Nightingale
Dear Jane A-8: Florence Nightingale

The pattern is made with patchwork and is not very complex. It is divided in three parts, which are made separately, before the larger block is assembled.

This block is part of the bigger ‘Dear Jane’ quilting project I am working on. Here is the introduction post: Dear Jane introduction.

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