Civil War Fabrics Challenge
Filed under: Chain Piecing, Free Motion, Half-Square Triangles, Stars, Reproductions, Nine Patch, Pieced Blocks, Machine Quilting, Civil War Repro, Original Design, Strip Piecing, Home Machine, Stripes, Prints, Patchwork, Rotary Cutting, Machine Piecing, Wall Quilts
My first Civil War fabrics quilt, which I made to enter into a fabric manufacturer's recent challenge. I designed, machine pieced and machine quilted in a straighforward utilitarian style I believe would have been used for many quilts during the Civil War. As I worked, this quilt became a tribute to my Great Grandfather who served in the infantry with the 15th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteers. My fabric choices and placements for the 9 Patch and ShooFly blocks brought out a secondary pattern of stars. I included a few sampler blocks on the back of the quilt. In keeping with the age old adage, "Waste not, want not."
Although my quilt was not selected as a finalist in the challenge, I am proud of my work. Imagining my Great Grandmother and her children working on a quilt to keep my Great Grandfather warm as he fought in the Civil war, made my time on this project even more enjoyable than usual. The finished quilt is 49 in X 49 in. It will grace my home for many years to come ...