Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Civil War Sesquicentennial - block of the week

I mentioned a few weeks ago that this year is the sesquicentennial and that I might try something out of my comfort zone. Well here's an interesting blog http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/ written by the ever wonderful Barbara Backman.
Each week there will be a free 8" block pattern posted and a story related to the people who lived during the Civil War. It all looks very interesting so far. So if you have an interest in quilts from that era (or just want to read the history) this may well be the blog to watch (and participate in.)
Blocks so far -
Catch Me If You Can
North Star
Seven Sisters

Example of "Catch Me If You Can" block found at  Civil War Quilts. If you complete all the blocks and try the suggested layout you will have a 72"x82" quilt to add borders too.
Mmmmmm - I think I see a "spend some of my Christmas money on repro fabrics" visit to Franklin in my future.


Gabi said...

That looks fantastic indeed. Love the colors too.
I love sewing, but the actual quilting part I majorly fail.

The Quiltwhinny said...

You've inspired me! We're celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War here in Gen. Grant's hometown, Galena, IL, and we're making Civil War quilts that will be displayed for the tourists coming to join us in the celbration. Let me know if you can join us! Barb