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Monday, August 4, 2008

Civil War Love Letters Blocks 1-6



Well here they are the beginning of my version of
The Civil War Love Letter Quilt by Rosemary Young
I bought the book maybe 6 months or more ago and have wanted to try to create a quilt in the way Dear Jane has gone but without all the intimidating blocks that are in that quilt. These are all pieced and not nearly as difficult but allows me to use up my nice stash of reproduction fat quarters. I am starting a group with my friends locally doing 6 blocks a month and it will take us nearly 2 years but it seemed to be the only way to do it and not have to drop everything else LOL
I decided to play in my fabrics and not worry about how the "book" chose fabric but do my own thing. Some blocks I will like better than others but I keep reminding myself they will be in one very large busy quilt and the individual block will not be noticeable in the long run so not to worry if the fabrics I choose is not exactly right with the others! LOL
I show two versions of the same block...one I did and just didn't think it worked and so I remade it and I do like it better but in the end I don't think the first version wouldn't have been OK with all the others in the quilt.
I did learn that these fabrics are often very busy and clash with each other so you almost can't avoid it unless you pick and choose them and that isn't the point to me!

2 comments:

Nedra said...

I've had the same book for months. You are way ahead of me. Mine just sits happily on the book shelf. I love your idea of taking the project slowly. Keep up the good work!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Hmmm I guess I should have picked this instead of Dear Jane. It looks more doable. Good luck with it.