Re-Piecing the Past: Civil War Blocks Then & Now »
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Retro / Vintage, Traditional
I used Fat Quarters that were of the 'Old' Red/White/Blue colors.
What was your inspiration?
needed 'borders' to make a lap-size quilt of 50 x 70"
What are you most proud of?
That I got it done! :-) :-)
and Listening to Kaye (most of the time :-) ) Now every time I piece I will hear Kaye's voice along with mine saying 'Stop' as I come to an intersection (I have a habit of sewing TOO fast, and then having to rip out). And I will be using my little scrap as an end/starter piece; and I am not pinning 'quite as much'.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This quilt was a LOT OF FUN to make - and was mostly 'moderately easy' until the last block (watch the windmills! should be finshed size of 2" each). AND THEN we had to figure out the fill-in blocks which was 'hard' (My seam ripper and I became the Best of Buddies) but then SO REWARDING when it was done. Would I do it again?? Most Definitely! (but give me a week first :-)
To quilt it, since the front was so busy, this is what I did: I adhered the top to the batting (either Spray baste, or as I had some Fusible Batting on hand, I used that) and then adhered the backing to the other side of the batting. I then sparsely pin-basted the sandwich on the BACK side, just to hold it in place. Next, from the FRONT side I chose some lines that I wanted to follow and then BASTED (first REMOVE any pins, if pin basted, on the back that may be in the way) with the longest stitch-length my machine would go. Next I turned the quilt back over and marked on the BACK-side the lines that I wanted to follow. (I had a 3 1/2" width long ruler, so that is what I used for my spacing, altho I think 3" would have been better). Then remove your basting stitches and begin Quilting. It was SO much Fun and went SO Fast and I am REALLY pleased with it! (In fact, I will definitely keep it in mind for other busy quilts in the future! (And the back looks PERFECT! :-) :-)