I've hinted that I'm part of a civil war quilt along
Jeanne was so nice to think of me when she thought of this quilt along a few months ago, she was sent 12 books of Civil War Legacies and we are 12 people doing reviews and there's actually 15 patterns in the book!
CIVIL WAR LEGACIES!
by Carol Hopkins
(If you want to buy the book on amazon just click the picture)
You can also look at Martingale's website for more pictures and buy it there as well.
Now if you follow my blog, you'd probably think that I NEVER do anything civil war or reproduction themed (except for customer's quilts)
so when I agreed I thought it would be cool to actually do one in BRIGHT colors, so people like me, who would normally bypass a book like this, would stop and take another look at the book. Just because it's civil war themed quilts, doesn't mean they don't have CUTE quilts!!
Sure enough, they are some CUTE CUTE quilts in there.
The quilts are all rather small too so a snap to make! mine is 29" x 33"
So I was "assigned" HOOKER'S HAT PATCH- Hey am I supposed to be offended by that name?? LOL, I showed this book to my neighbor the day after I got the book and she told me about General Hooker and what a good and religious man he was, so okay, I won't be offended anymore :-)
I had originally planned on making my quilt in pinks maybe for the baby or my 7yr old daughter, but then I got the idea for a patriotic theme!
Once I got the "theme" I was ready to buy the fabrics at fabric.com
(who is my new sponsor BTW- if you click on the fabric.com button on the side and order thru there I actually get a percentage of the total, how cool is that)
I wasn't sure what color combination yet to pick and the yardage for the fabrics were all less than a yard so I just bought a yard of each so I could decide when they got here if I wanted red and white blocks with blue in the background or blue and white blocks with red in the background
Here's the fabrics all cut out, you can guess what my choice was! also based on the fabrics, that blue star fabric was just too cool to cut up into tiny pieces and the border fabric is cool too.
Now I read a blog somewhere last week how they had a seam ripper stuck in a block of wood to cut the threads after making a long chain, so I figured I'd try it and just taped my "Jack- the ripper" to the table and ripped away, I must say, that was a cool tip! with a few pieces I'd still use scissors though
here are the blocks all ready! they are TINY - 3" when done but so cute :-)
I sewed most of the top together, then stuck it all on my design wall and had to decide which skinny border to choose, the dark blue or the red again.... which would you have picked?
as you can see I picked the red!
here's the quilt all quilted and bound. I love it!!
I want to make another quilt from this book soon :-)
I quilted simple outlines on the blocks, it sure seems silly to put a little quilt like this on the long arm frame, but it's so nice to work like that instead of the domestic, except straight lines are hard! well not that hard, but I have to use a ruler and a steady hand.
on the skinny border I quilted small bubbles and on the outer border I free motioned some stars- don't really LOVE them, but they are okay and they are hard to see anyways on that busy fabric.
here's the label for the quilt along :-)
also part of the quilt along "requirements" were to make a 6" or 8" block in civil war/ repro fabrics and send back and these blocks from all of us will be made into another quilt and auctioned off, so my neighbor who loves civil war stuff gave me some scraps of her fabrics to make these blocks.
If you want to see what others have made look here at the flikr group
Or visit the other participants blogs!
(not all have blogs though so I'm listing the ones who do)
This was such a fun project!
And with 15 projects that are all small, you can quickly make one or even more in a snap!
Here are the names of my favorite patterns in the book
(The names are fun too and are explained in the book! I'll let you figure that out when you get the book)
Alexander's Bean Pot (37" x 43")
Papa's birds (22" x 28")
Michael's victory (28" x 36")
Hooker's hat patch (29" x 33")
Mary Smith's Dishrag (23" x 27")
Tomorrow, Scarlett (29" x 36")
Minnie's Moustache (22" x 28")
thanks again Jeanne for thinking of me when you picked quilters to join you!!
here's another update on my 2012 list
#4 pumpkin star pillow- just needs to be stuffed and sewn together
#7 Connecting threads KIT fabrics- all 12 blocks are done.
#8 giraffe wall hanging - still working on needleturn applique, mommy giraffe almost done
#9 pineapple black and blue quilt- giving these a break now
#10 Blue star quilt- lots of blocks done
#12 Next Stitch STAR- top done waiting to be quilted, threads are here
# 17 Bonnie Hunter ORCA mystery - top done- skipping the border
#19 green, red, yellow flower quilt- top done, just taking forever removing the papers
# 21 spring swap blocks- got plans but no background fabrics ordered yet
# 22Making memories embroidered panel- needs to be made into a cute wall hanging
# 25 fall leaf blocks swap- top done
#29(jan) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show - blocks #1 and 2 done
#33 (mar) won 9 march BOM from pine tree guild- make into quilt top
#36 (all year) Round Robin swap -May mailed out
#38 (april) blue strip pieced blocks - top done
#39 (april) won a pattern and two charm bundles- top done and backing and batting ready
#40 wonky block swap block- May is done and shipped out