I chose Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler.
I may not make all fifty blocks, but I hope to complete enough for two quilts. I'm doing each block in two different color combinations, so I can divide them into two groups of different blocks.
I have a box of Civil War reproduction fabrics that I am using. I'm not very familiar with the fabrics, or the way they should be combined, but I'm enjoying the process.
Here are the blocks I have so far. (Note: Each photo shows two blocks from the same block pattern made with different fabrics.)
|Star of the West|
|Barbara Frietchie Star|
|Catch Me If You Can|
|Port and Starboard|
|Strength in Union|
|Fox and Geese|
|Peace and Plenty|
I am making 12" blocks. These are larger than I normally do, but the cutting instructions for the blocks are clearer for the 12" size rather than the 8" size. The instructions are different from those I prefer, in that there are no unit sizes for the parts of the block. I usually rely heavily on those measurements to keep things uniform. I also have used some different techniques than the book shows--but, to each his (or her) own.
I'm enjoying this new experience and experimenting with some different fabric prints than I have used before--lots more to come!