It is a really cold day here in Michigan, the wind is blowing and the snow is falling. Is a wonderful day to stay inside and just enjoy some time at the sewing machine. This new year started differently than any other, it seems like I have so many projects calling my name, plenty of UFOs and plenty of new projects that catch my eye that I want to start. Usually I am a lot more focused, one or two projects at a time.
I have been busy designing some new blocks for the third Civil War book in the series, I love coming up with new designs and new ideas. The third book is due to be released 5/2012. We are so lucky to have so many new and old Civil War fabric collections to choose from, I did a search and could not believe all the new collections that are going to be coming out this coming year. I don’t think there is a Civil War fabric collection that I didn’t like and the upcoming collections are just as beautiful.
I think that the next five or six years there will be plenty of opportunities to work on Civil War quilts as we pay tribute to the 150 years anniversary of the Civil War.
Barbara Brackman has a special blog this year, it is called Civil War quilts. She is not only posting some wonderful history but is also posting a Civil War block every week throughout the entire year. It is really a wonderful opportunity to not only learn more about the Civil War and quilt history but also to work on some special blocks. The blocks and instructions are posted on her blog and are free.
I just recently finished working on the Civil War tribute, not completely finished yet as I have not made the border. It turned out to be a beautiful quilt I must say, it was a block of the month, the hardest part for me was doing more than one block a month, it was quite a challenge to keep up. There were a few months that we had to do four blocks , one block in the summer we had to do eight. This year there is another Civil War tribute quilt called the Chronicles, it also is just as stunning. I have heard that there is going to be a special quilt for the next three or four years paying tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
This project I started last month after being inspired by an antique quilt that I saw at the dear Jane gathering in Shipshewana. I’m using Jo Morton fabrics and shirtings along with the cheddar orange. I love the fabrics, the colors and the designs are perfect for making small stars. The stars are 4 inches, quite a few are needed to make a king-size quilt. I have already named this quilt, macaroni and cheese. My youngest son who is now 25 has always loved macaroni and cheese. He is the last of my children to be married, not that there are any plans right now but someday this will be his wedding quilt. The colors and the name fits him just perfectly.
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