At last I have my Civil War quilt top together and I think I will name it "The Blues and The Greys".
Hopefully, it is now published on the flickr site on the Barbara Brackman Civil War blogspot. To get it there was beyond my technical abilities so I had to call on my Technical Director aka my ever obliging son. Together we muddled through and something is there now.
But I thought I might put more detail/photos here:
Here is the completed top. It should measure 96" x 96" (I have not actually taken the tape measure to the quilt to check it...) so it was a big challenge to even photograph it.
Right now I don't have a destination for this as a finished quilt. It is clearly bed sized but I don't have a bed crying out to have it so the incentive to get it finished is not there. Once I know what I'm going to do with it I will be better able to decide on how it should be quilted.
The four Generals were necessary additions as I needed a total of 61 "sampler" blocks as well as the 60 setting blocks. At the end of the year I had more blue blocks than grey so I decided that the setting blocks should be mostly grey to even things up. Oh, I must also note that I got the inspiration for this setting from postings made by Thalia T and Elleninfl. Thank you to those two quilters.
If you have been reading this blog for a long time you will know that I decided to make my blocks using blue and grey fabrics rather than using civil war reproduction fabrics. I chose a silver grey on white Jinny Beyer fabric to use as my one constant fabric and it appears in almost every block (perhaps not in all the extra blocks). Two thirds of the way through the project I ran out of that fabric and it was a real struggle to find another yard or so but, thanks to the internet, I was able to get more. Trust me, there is very little left.
I am very excited about starting the new Barbara Brackman block of the week "Grandmothers Choice". Again I will choose one fabric to appear in every block but this time I think I will purchase at least four yards to guard against running out.
It is so great to have this top finished!