Sunday, April 21, 2013

Civil War and a Village

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 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

 Apartment House

Cottage with Birdhouse

Three Story with Dormers

Fixer Upper

Row Houses

The Church

The Schoolhouse

Dutch Duplex

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.    

Till later,
Hugs, Anne


Karen said...

I have the same pattern set for the Village. And it has just sat on the shelf for ages. I would probably choose the applique method too. I like how yours turned out. Good finish!

I also have the Civil War book but have not made even one of the blocks.

Karen said...

WOW your village turned out great - I know you felt like it was a quilt that would never end - but it did - wonderful job. Your blocks look great as well. I just used that little gold patterned one today in another block for down the road :).
Hugs - Karen

Lesley said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I also have the BOM that continues to sit in a cupboard...I did two blocks, so you have inspired me to get it out and keep making those blocks!

Deb said...

I just love your quilt blocks, but more than that I love, love your Village! That one has been in my stash bin for at least 10 years (yes, it was a BOM). After seeing yours, I have to pull mine out! I love it!!

Cathy said...

I really love your quilted village. Your blocks are beautiful. Hugs

Yvette said...

You have been holding out on us! What a wonderful finish. I prefer the appliqué to paper pieced too.

I started that CW quilt but never finished. It is an official UFO. I have 20 blocks done. Maybe when you two get to 20 I will join you to finish. ;)

Kindred Quilts said...

Gorgeous Village quilt... that's a lot of applique!

paulette said...

MAGNIFICENT!! And not one peak while you progressed along!! It is absolutely gorgeous!! I too have this pattern waiting for me to it!! You may have just provided me with the inspiration to get 'er done!!
Thanks! Must be a wonderful feeling to have it finished!

Shirley--Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Well done excellent beautiful!!!

Kaaren said...

Looking great, Anne. I wish I had the book and I'd join in from the sidelines. I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines.

I L-O-V-E your village and I can't wait to see it quilted!

Sue said...

Love your village and gonna love seeing you BB blocks every week.
You just have to spur each other on.
I have made a quilt using these blocks but only made 25 .

Crispy said...

I eyeballed the Village pattern a few years ago but passed. I really love yours!! I could almost hear the gasp over the templates LOL. Those could be the ones you don't do :0)


Thimbleanna said...

Oh, you too girls and your challenges! Love your blocks -- it will be fun to see your different versions.

And your Village blocks are fantastic Anne. What a pretty quilt!

MARCIE said...

Look at you go! Wonderful blocks! All of them! I love house quilts. And the CW quilt will be fabulous. Fun to have a buddy to work with.

Chris said...

Your work amazes me! Thanks for always sharing such wonderful inspirations!

Kathie said...

why is it I always want to do what your doing????
omg how I wish I lived closer to you and Karen although I think that might be trouble :)
LOVE the Village OMG just love it

Jacqueline said...

I am working on this project now.. doing a mix between hand applique and machine applique.

Yours turned out wonderfully... can't wait to see it quilted.

Lori said...

Anne, I love seeing the houses up close! What a fantastic project!!

Good luck on the sampler quilt. What size are the blocks?

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Fantastic finish and I cannot wait to see your civil war sampler!!!

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Candace said...

Wow - both quilts are going to be stunning, Anne! I tried saving all the posts for the Civil War Sampler, but should just buy the book like you did! Love, love, love the Quilted Village and can just imagine it in your new home!

Michelle said...

Darn! Not sure how I MISSED this BOM last year as I would have signed up for it! I love it.


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