Saturday, June 18, 2011

Civil War Blocks Revival

I am now caught up with Barbara Brackman's  Civil War Quilt Blocks again.  Except for the dreaded Seven Sisters!  I think I'll skip that ;)  My blocks are now uploaded to my Flickr set here.

I must admit some of the blocks turned out not exactly 8-1/2" square.  I hope to remedy that by introducing borders and / or sashing.  But that can be figured out at a later time.  I had a lot of help from the excellent tutorials done by Ellen of American Homestead.  There might be some blocks that I will re-do but that can wait.

A surprise gift from Elyte who is enjoying her sewing retreat right this moment.  Love those tape measure like twill tapes, it'll be great for some sewing finishes.  So glad my signature block got to her before her retreat.  I did not get a picture taken of that.  Speaking of signature blocks ...

I suggested to some of the quilters who completed Lori D's Midnight Stars QAL, perhaps we could do up a quilt for Lori.  So18 of us decided on a pattern and sent them to Karen K.  Karen did a wonderful job piecing and hand quilting it.  Lizzy helped out further by sending a piece of vintage backing. Here's Lori's blog post.  My only regret is not using a pigma marker for the signature.  I  had one which was too fine, but I got a thicker one later from Bird Brain Designs.

Some fabrics from This-N-That Fabrics.  Love those blues.

This little red and white top is all pieced.  Measures 12-3/4" x 16-3/4".  Fabrics are Kona Rich Red and white muslin.

Clowning around with some rail fence blocks measuring 5-1/2" square.  Who knows where this will lead to.  I was inspired by the quilt on the cover of APQ.


  1. Every time I visit your site I see One More Thing that I want to do. This time it was several. You are so very productive........ I just can't keep up.

    Great work you are doing........

  2. So much to love on this post!! I can go over your signature with another marker to make it a bit darker. I love the quilt so much and will hang it this weekend when I get all my other red, white and blues up for summer.

  3. the small broken dishes is such a classic with it's red and white color scheme and it's going to look even more wonderful once it's quilted. will you be hand quilting this one?

    love seeing the shots of fabrics ~ it sure does make me want to go shopping~! lol

    the quilt that was made for Lori turned out beautifully ~ what a nice thing to do for her. she certainly deserves it~!!~


  4. Lovely purchases Barbara!!! I have ear-marked that site for further scrutiny LOL!!!
    Elyte's little gift is just darling! I will use mine very judiciously for something special!
    You have been very busy with your needle lately!, love seeing what you are up to!!

  5. Gorgeous fabrics!! Love the rail fence blocks! happy sewing, hugs, Daniëlle

  6. I am glad the card arrived safely. That little quilt for Lori was a thoughtful and creative idea, well done to you and your team.
    Love all the new fabrics, just popping over to This N That fabrics ...................

  7. Lovely & lots of fabrics there. Loved that 'tape measure' too.

  8. What a neat idea to do that quilt for Lori! Love the blocks, and the new fabric stash--niiiiice. My 17 yr old daughter is learning to quilt now--I have her working on hand piecing skills with some scraps. She loves the Civil War stuff--I'll have to show her the Brackman site.

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