Well, I caved and started a new quilt. What’s more, I talked my sister into doing it, too! She’s my partner in crime for most of my quilting activities — how could she say no?
But when you see it, you’ll stop wondering why I gave in.
It’s a new Quilt-Along by Barbara Brackman, hosted on her Civil War Quilts blog HERE. Not only is this a very interesting blog for Civil War history, especially pertaining to quilts and textiles during that time period, but she hosts great quilt-alongs. I’ve resisted a couple in the past, but this one . . . oh, my! — it’s appliqué! It’s called “Hospital Sketches”, and there are interesting stories about Civil War hospitals that go along with each block.
I took one look at it, and riffled through my stash for the fabric right away. I found everything I need to make it right here at home in my own stash, so that’s another good reason for me to do it — it uses up some of the fabric laying around this place, right?
I bought a wonderful bundle of pinks, reds, and grays when I was in Paducah last year, and the project that I had in mind when I bought it never panned out for that particular fabric, so it was languishing in the stash. I pulled some other pieces to go with it, grabbed the neutrals left over from my last appliqué quilt, and got started.
Here’s my Block 1:
My entire quilt will be, basically, a red and cream quilt, with these other soft related colors thrown in. I’m loving it so much already.
The blocks can finish at various sizes, so I made my backgrounds a bit oversized, and once I get all the blocks done, I will decide what finished size I really want them, and trim them all down at that time. Since I didn’t have any large chunks of background fabric, mine are all pieced like large nine-patches from scraps. Once they’re trimmed down, they’ll be like uneven nine-patches, so it’ll make it even more interesting. Since I’ll also be piecing my borders from scraps, the unevenness won’t be noticeable in the end product. I didn’t want to have to buy anything for this quilt!
It is NOT too late for you to get in on this quilt-along. There’s the full-out full-size appliqué version like I’m doing, but there’s also a simplified version for those of you not so into the appliqué like I am. The blocks come out on the third Wednesday of every month, and did I mention they’re free? I’m excited to see Block 2 next week!
There’s also a FaceBook group you can join, where you can see lots of different examples and color combinations and all sorts of other stuff. You can also ask questions and get help there, if you need it.
You know you wanna do this. Come on!