Way back in January of 2011, I stumbled upon Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Quilts blog. The idea was to make a block a week for the entire year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, all the while learning a little bit about the life of the people in those war times. As much as I love the Civil War reproduction fabrics, it was a no-brainer. I had to do this! I had to make this quilt. To be honest, I was a little bit afraid to undertake the project. I had already succumbed to the siren song of another Civil War block of the month that turned into “blocks” of the month—as in several blocks with a multitude of pieces in each. (Shouldn’t there be some truth in advertising?) After I found myself drowning in triangles, I put the monthly kits away and decided to complete this behemoth at a later date. A much later date! Like maybe never. So I feared that this project would turn into the same thing.
Each week I diligently went to the site and printed the history lesson and made the blocks. I actually kept up! The blocks were 8 inches finished…a nice size…and most went together easily. A few had tiny triangles; but I only had to make one of them. I finished the blocks this past January. And last week, I finally assembled them and added the border.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you an actual nearly completed project by me (the queen of UFOs)…my Civil War Tribute Quilt!
The next step is to take it the quilter. I’m not far enough along in my free motion quilting journey to attempt this on my own. I worked too hard to ruin it with lopsided feathers and wobbly circles and such. I have a vision of pretty curlicues, feathers and wreaths and I know that my skills aren’t there yet. Heck! They may never be there. That’s why God gave us long arm quilters!
In case you haven’t seen enough of the quilt, here’s a slide show of some of my favorite blocks.
Now…on to the Civil War basket doll quilt that’s been calling my name. Can you hear it? 🙂