Earlier this year, Karen and I were talking about doing a "challenge/quilt-a-long" together and it took us awhile to figure out what we wanted to work on. We finally decided to use our Civil War fabric stashes and stitch on Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler blocks.
There are 50 blocks in the book but we aren't sure if we're going to do all 50. We'll just play it by ear for the time being. Our plan is to post our progress on Sundays....the keyword being "plan"!
The first blocks are quite easy but I can see some challenges as we get farther into the book. I even noticed TEMPLATES, God forbid!
I love scrappy Civil War quilts, so am excited to see how this all plays out. Now head on over to Karen's blog and see her interpretation of the blocks.
In other quilting news, last May I joined a Block of the Month thru my LQS, Sew Many Quilts. The project was The Quilted Village by The City Stitcher. I've actually had the pattern for a few years ago but until they offered it as a BOM, the pattern just sat in the box with all the other patterns I have. I figured the class would be the motivation I needed, so off I went to sign up!
So, here it is...one year later...FINISHED! I actually kept up and it feels so good!
The pattern has directions for paper piecing and applique. Most of the ladies that signed up did the paper piecing technique. While I do enjoy paper piecing, I LOVE applique, so I was one of the few who chose that method.
There was quite a bit of embroidery on the blocks and the pattern called for an embroidered clock on the front of the Town Hall. I wasn't too excited about embroidering those tiny numbers, so chose to just embroider the words, "town hall", after a suggestion from one of the ladies in class.
Sturdy Brick House
Cottage with Birdhouse
Three Story with Dormers
Petite House with Pickets
I can't wait to get to get it off to the quilter for her to work her magic.
Now that it's finished, it's time to round up another applique UFO and get busy. I'll share that with you soon.