"Crackers" is the historical name for this quilt block, since crackers played a role in feeding the soldiers during the Civil War. Soldiers were given a three-day ration of six to eight crackers. These dry thick biscuits, sometimes called hardtack were baked in northern factories, packed in wooden crates and shipped to locations occupied by the troops.
By the time they reached the soldiers they were hard and bug infested, leading soldiers to refer to them as "tooth dullers" or "worm castles". Others described them as indestructible, "too small to shoe a mule and too big to use as bullets"
For a blending effect, I used a dark beige thread for the free motion quilting. This small quilt will be donated to the Friendship Quilters fund raiser, Tulip Tea and Quilt Sale, which will be held on
March 25, 2017.