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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Week 15 Fort Sumter

Gee, it took 15 weeks before I suddenly had a "well, duh!" moment. That was because I noticed right at the end of Barbara's blog posting she has tags for the content and one of the tags for today reads "confederate block". Since I am using a blue and grey color scheme I try to be sure my blocks use the color that goes with the block; sometimes however I am not entirely clear on which I should be using. But today, when I finally noticed the tag, I had also noticed that on the flickr site several people had used the fabric that says "union" right there as the print design on the fabric. I'm not sure why.

I had already decided that my block should feature the grey fabrics but I did need to add just the one blue to represent the water around the fort as much as to recognize who it was firing on the fort. The suggestion to make those strips from the corner red did not sit well for my plan so I used the grey stripe. My fort sits surrounded by water.

I wondered how this block would look if turned on point as that is a potential for how I might set the blocks so here's a second look:

By the way, if you left click on the photos you can see them in more detail and for instance see the grey stripe fabric I speak of.

Are you following along with the flickr site? Some people are doing amazing things with their blocks like the quilter today who printed the photo of the Charleston ladies on the rooftops watching the assault on the Fort. Oh my goodness.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Week 14 Fox and Geese

I keep feeling envious of all the pretty blocks I see others making for their Civil War block of the week block. But I need to keep with my plan. Some of the blocks are such that one block alone is not all that exciting but if you had several sewn together they would make much more of an impact. Today's block is one that comes into this category I'm thinking.

So, for better or worse, here is my block for this week:

In another few weeks it will be a good idea to take a group shot of how all the blocks look together.

This week I was able to get my block sewn on Saturday, the day it was posted. I spent the afternoon sewing with my quilt friends - although there was more chatting than sewing done. Gayle had been to a two day class with Karen Stone last week so she had much to tell us. I was particularly interested as my long term project is a Pine Burr quilt that uses the templates from the KS book. Dustin, who is the host of the Flickr group for the BB block of the week project, is also making a Pine Burr quilt so it is fun to now and then look at his flickr pages and see the progress he is making. I am mightily relieved to see that he is making the same rapid (not!) progress as I am.

Spending time with quilting friends is a grand tonic. Even when we don't get much actually sewn.

This is weird. For my homework tonight I am going to need to try and figure out why my photo appears smaller this week than usual. Your thoughts will be welcome.