Saturday, February 5, 2011
Week Six of the Civil War blocks
This weeks block is Richmond. Since Richmond became the capitol of the Confederacy I thought I would choose predominantly grey fabrics to make this one.
As with most all of the preceding blocks I have my doubts, now it is made, about my fabric choices. Equally, in common with several of the earlier blocks, there are some fixes required to make this block come out to the required 81/2" unfinished size. As I have already read on the flickr page the dimensions for this would have been a lot easier had the block been a 12" one, but making a nine patch block to a finished 8" size makes the cutting and piecing somewhat of a challenge. If you have not already made this one be warned that the four portions with the four patch on point require some finessing to make this block work.
Then there is also the challenge of taking a nighttime photograph. Flash on or flash off? I took a dozen or more photos thinking one should surely be suitable and when I looked at them on the computer screen some of them would have been suitable except for one of my hairs lying draped across the center of the block. sigh. At least it was color co-ordinated! But I tried again and this version I am posting is without the hair!
The very light small square (which in case you cannot quite see is a grey paisley pattern on a white ground) uses the one fabric that I have chosen to include in every block. Maybe next week that fabric will appear again as the background choice.