Thursday, January 28, 2010

Civil War Tribute Quilt

Hello Quilting Friends,

Not much to report on for the last few days. Since we were at the cabin for ten days, we've had lots of work to do around this house upon our return. No storm damage, but we did have quite a bit of debris down in the yard.

So here's what I've been working on in between menu planning, grocery shopping, bill paying and getting all of the financial information gathered together for the tax accountant.....what a chore that is!

I've been working on some more blocks for the Civil War Tribute quilt. The little 6-1/2" blocks scattered around the larger blocks are the Lil' Orphan Scrappy blocks I've been making out of the leftover fabric. I'll have the Lil' Orphan Scrappy pattern available for sale at the shop soon.

Now here is my problem block. These corners have been bothering me ever since I finished the block. The direction of the wheat is all "wonky" and I didn't have enough fabric left to correct it. Every time I walked into my quilting room, I would look at that block and think it needs to be changed! I'm not 100% sold on that fabric wonky or not.

I've been auditioning other fabrics to see what looks the best. One choice....

....another choice.
I'm not satisfied with either fabric, but I do know that I'm going to change the corners to something else. That's the beauty of quilting. If you don't like something, change it. Trust your instinct and sense of color. If you are going to be spending a lot of time and money on a quilt, make it YOUR quilt, YOUR way. Just because a certain fabric comes in a kit or a block of the month, doesn't mean you HAVE to use it if you don't want to. It's okay to change things up a bit or a lot. I'll let you know what fabric I'm going to put in the corners. I may not even decide until the end, when I've got other colors to choose from in the fabric line. I'm not a purest, so I will probably use something from my fabric stash if I think it looks good.

Here are the little scrappy blocks I've put together from the leftover fabric. I've added three "lights" to the mix in a color consistent with the Civil War look and feel. I still have enough leftover fabric to make many more little blocks which are so much fun to make.

Enjoy your day and the sunshine everyone.

As always,



  1. I feel your pain. I really had to pay attention when I cut to get the pattern all going the same way. I love this quilt, but I'm not particularly happy with the directions.

  2. Civil War Tribute pattern
    I have the kits for months 2-12, but need month 1 and any overall directions.

    1. I loaned my pattern out years ago and it was never returned. I'm sorry.