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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

A tisket, a tasket….

….here’s my little basket!

I decided to take a break from FMQ this weekend and work on a project that’s been calling to me for weeks.  This is Civil War Baskets from the book Remembering Adelia by Kathleen Tracy.  Her Yahoo group made this little doll quilt for their March challenge.  Once I saw their quilts, I had to have one!  So I pieced the little 4 1/2 inch blocks this weekend. There are twelve blocks in all.  I haven’t decided on sashing yet, but I hope to get to that soon.  I know the last thing  I needed to do was begin another project.  But, sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

I used pressing bars for the first time on these baskets.  They made really sweet little bias handles.  No burned fingertips making them!  They were so easy to use and so inexpensive to buy that I wonder now why I ever tried making bias strips without them!  My fingertips are happy!  On the right is a mini-tutorial on the use of the bars….very mini.  🙂  Just click on the image to enlarge it.

Although I enjoy the entire quilting process (except binding), I think I love piecing the best.  I love how the designs come together.  I love the colors and patterns.  Geesh…I need to piece more often!!

At long last….my Civil War Tribute quilt

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!

This is my early spring not so pretty yet back yard.  But this was the only place I could find that would display the quilt in it’s entirety.

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.

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Now…on to the Civil War basket doll quilt that’s been calling my name.  Can you hear it?  🙂

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