Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Civil War Reproduction Quilt, Even Though I Can't Make Quilt Pieces Match

When I was a young child, my mother would often take me to visit her aunt.  Aunt Hi lived in a house that was full of figurines, dishes, pictures, and other things that made it no place for a child.  Fortunately for me, I was awed by many of these things, and loved to quietly look at them.  (I knew that if I touched anything, I wouldn't live to tell about it.  Neither would my mother!)  The thing that always caught my attention and sparked my imagination the most, was a picture of a civil war soldier.  He was in full uniform, standing straight and tall in the unsmiling posture popular at the time.  I always asked who he was, and I was told each and every time, "Let's see.  Now I think he would be a great uncle to you."

I don't know where that picture is now, but it still haunts me.  Over the years, it's inspired an interest in the Civil War.  What was it like to live in those times?  What was it like to be a women during the war?  It must have been incredibly difficult.  A woman couldn't fight in the war, although some disguised themselves and did.  She was limited to the home and the hospital, for the most part, while the men she loved were dying in staggering numbers.

My interest in the Civil War has naturally led me to want to make a Civil War reproduction quilt.  I'm not a great quilter, as a matter of fact, nothing ever lines up right in my quilts, no matter how careful I am.  But when Craftsy offered a free class to first timers, and a class that involved making a Civil War reproduction quilt was on the list, I decided to go for it.  After all, imperfect quilt blocks are not exactly the end of the world!  Let's keep some perspective here, right?  Don bought me some reproduction fabrics, and I was off.

The first block is "Remember Me".  If I can track down my relative's name, I may write it in the center of the block.

The next block is called "Sherman's March".  It has a whole lot of other names too.

"Birds in the Air" comes next.  I love this block.

Yesterday I finished the "Barbara Fritchie" block.  This one was tough!

There are more blocks to go.  I'll keep you posted on progress, if you promise to ignore all the spots that don't match!

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