My Temperance Blues Collection,
named for the Temperance Movement in U.S. history, was a social movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages. It began as early as the American Revolution in Connecticut, Virginia and New York. People preached - and pledged - abstinence of alcohol throughout Europe and America for many reasons.
History shows that by the early 1800's, the average American over 15 years of age drank nearly seven gallons of alcohol a year (three times as much as we drink today)!
Alcohol abuse, primarily by men, wreaked daily havoc in families as women, with few legal rights, and many children to raise, were totally dependent on their husbands for support.
With the formation of the American Temperance Society early in 1830, the movement grew quickly throughout the states. Maine, which was the first state to adopt actual temperance laws and guidelines, served as a model for other states.
|Lightest sku's of the Collection|
|Medium Blues of the Collection|
Temperance fountains were built in public places to provide safe drinking water in hopes of keeping people out of the saloons and away from consuming alcohol. Concerns over alcohol consumption also gave way to other important social issues such as slavery, ill treatment of marginalized people, and in much later years, women's rights.
|Darkest Blues of the Collection|
Now, aren't you happy to have that little history lesson! This collection was inspired by a little T-quilt from the mid-1800's which I so thoroughly have enjoyed owning.
The blues are represented from the light hues all the way to the very dark, rich indigo. T is for Temperance Quilt has been designed for this collection. Notice the upside-down T's on two corners of the quilt!
This line is currently being sold by P & B Textiles/Washington Street Studio and distributors.
|T is for Temperance|