Monday, May 21, 2012

Civil War Quilt along mini quilt is done!

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!

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
(who is my new sponsor BTW- if you click on the 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

#1 welcome to the hive-turned into a pillow DONE!
#2 lotus quilt- DONE!
#3 blue flower table runner- DONE!
#4 pumpkin star pillow- just needs to be stuffed and sewn together
#5 red mini star table topper- top done and ready to quilt DONE!
#6 Bunny table runner- DONE!
#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
#11 Pine tree BOM- MARCH is done
#12 Next Stitch STAR- top done waiting to be quilted, threads are here
#13 snowmen table runner- DONE!
#14 Elenar Burns star Go! die- pieces cut for a scrappy look- SCRAPPED!
#15 aqua owl- DONE! and made a pair of hotpads too for a neighbor
# 16 geese in a ring- DONE!
# 17 Bonnie Hunter ORCA mystery - top done- skipping the border
# 18 Little twister blue- SCRAPPED
#19 green, red, yellow flower quilt- top done, just taking forever removing the papers
# 20 small embroidered trees (4 blocks) - DONE!
# 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
# 23 black, red white asian quilt- DONE!
# 24 color block swap- top is done, done and quilted!
# 25 fall leaf blocks swap- top done
# 26 Baby gingham dog boy quilt- DONE!
#27- a doll apples quilt- DONE!
#28(jan 2012) need to quilt 2 donation quilts- done and mailed off
#29(jan) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show - blocks #1 and 2 done
#30 (jan) wonky block- mailed off DONE
#31 (feb) jelly roll quilt- DONE!
#32 (feb)5 x 1yards of beige/ black batiks- DONE!
#33 (mar) won 9 march BOM from pine tree guild- make into quilt top
#34 (mar) batik quilt for McCalls - DONE!
#35(mar) #2 quilt for McCalls- DONE and shipped
#36 (all year) Round Robin swap -May mailed out
#37(mar) Dr seuss baby shower gift- DONE!-missing label
#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
#41(may) Civil War Legacies- DONE! extra blocks ready to ship out


Needled Mom said...

It looks beautiful. You really did get yours done up quickly. Congratulations on the finish.

Mhairi said...

OMG!! I thought I was good getting my fabric and sewing them into half square triangles ready for the pinwheels. Your quilt looks great. I never thought to change the colours. I wish I had, although I might be able to find a bright to add to it to make it more me!! Love it and well done for getting it done so beautifully.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

WoW! Your quilt is gorgeous! Looks great in bright colors, love the fabrics you picked. Great job!

Richard Healey said...

Yea on a finish. I have the center of mine done still need to decide on border and such which is why its still sitting their. Nice Job.

JanesQuilting said...

Looks Very NICE!! I like the way you used the patriot fabric, that was a good idea. And I like the quilting in the boarder. I hope to get mine quilted today. (fingers crossed)


Sue Daurio said...

Love your fabric choices, so pretty!!

Cyn ;-) said...

Nice quilt. Love the colors.

Connie said...

What a neat quilt and a great idea with the seam ripper! Thanks for sharing!
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Carol said...

What a fun idea. I love the quilt in pretty bright colors. I never would have done that. Thanks for reminding us to think outside the box once in a while.

Teresa said...

The quilt is beautiful! How large is the whole quilt? I don't know if I could make such small quilt blocks. You did a great job!

Melissa Corry said...

It looks fabulous!! Love the red, white, and blue :)