Thursday, July 19, 2012
Civil War Signature Quilt in progress
I started putting my civil war signature quilt together the other day. I made all the 5 inch signature blocks in the winter, and have slowly been taking them to our civil war events and meetings to get the signatures I need. Since my spring civil war adventures were limited with being pregnant, I don't have all the friends' signatures I want yet. Anyway, I started the first round with just fellas. I figure if they are going to surround Lee and Grant, they need to be soldiers, infantry to be specific! So I am getting ready for the next round which will be ladies and civilians. After that, I am hoping to meet up with my cavalry friends and get them going on the third round. I am so excited! I think it is going to be wonderfully fun to have a little memento from the folks that I have come to love with this amazing hobby.
The only thing that is holding me back right now is that I need more dark gray/black fabric for another border before the second round of signature blocks get added.
The signature blocks start out like these two.
Then I trim them down to 5 1/2 inches, so they will be 5 inches when finished in the quilt. I love the square in a square quilt block - perfectly period correct and perfectly useful for all the civil war reproduction fabric scraps I have from other projects! I think this project is perfectly fun as well - it will be special to me like signature block quilts were to those amazing folks that lived 150 years ago.
When I share the second round, I promise to iron that wrinkle out of Grant's face. It was ironed, but after I folded it up and took it to our meeting the other night, Grant seemed to suffer tremendously with that big wrinkle! Oh, that print in the center is from a Judie Rothermel collection. Love her!