Thursday, July 7, 2011

Civil War Update

I’ve been slowly working on my Civil War blocks. I really do love these. I can see myself working with Civil War Repros after this. I am so languid with these blocks.

My set-up is I spend a day cutting a bunch of blocks and stick them in Ziplock baggies on my bulletin board. Whenever I feel like it, I just grab a bag, lay out the blocks, and guess which block I grabbed. Sometimes I use the pieces as leaders and enders while working on another project. Sometimes I feel like just piecing CW blocks that night. No rush, no stress, no worries. Just right.

This block has been cut since it was posted. The other night I was feeling horrible and wanted some mindless sewing. Real mindless. Piecing was just too much for me. The appliqué stars were perfect. Set the Bernina to zig-zag and zone out.

Last night I put all my blocks in order. I can’t wait to see them altogether. I have a list of numbers and I just cross the number off as I do them. I have 15 out of 27 blocks completed. Not too bad.
There were a few I made wrong or short or cut wrong and didn’t notice until I went to put the block together. Those I circle on my list so I know to go back and re-cut the pieces. Or find another set of instructions for that block.

My basket block needs a handle. I’ll have to find a tutorial for that. Bias stem? Is that what the technique is called? I’m sure I’ll figure it out. I save those kinds of projects for nights when I’m really motivated to sew and want to work out a puzzle. Like I said, languid and relaxed.

BTW, a big thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last post. I feel = so much better and really appreciate the support. Quilters in Blogland are the best!


  1. Love your CW blocks... the rate you're going you'll be caught up soon!

    I used a bias strip, pressed under the edges, pinned it on the top triangle of fabric, and used a blanket stitch to sew it to the fabric. Then I sewed the triangle to the basket so the end of the bias strip were hidden.

  2. Those blocks are really coming along nicely. I love the way you are using those fabrics.

  3. You're doing such a wonderful job on the blocks. It's going to be a great quilt.


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