I am writing from our wonderful state of Michigan where the snow fell very heavily this week. I’m standing in front of my house to show you how deep the snow is with my Barbara Brackman Civil War blocks. The house in the background is not ours, ours is to the left. We received somewhere around 16 inches of snow with plenty of snow drifts that were at least 3 feet deep. It was not good for driving but it was nice to look out the window and see everything so clean and white. Almost all the schools were closed along with some banks, factories, restaurants and even the shopping malls.
February’s patterns have been downloaded to the site, I will always try to post them by the 15th of every month. To try to make it easier and less confusing, they have been posted in one file. I also have left January’s patterns up and will do that for a while. If you have any questions concerning the patterns, please let me know. This definitely has been a fun adventure and I have met so many wonderful quilters already through this blog. Please feel free to continue to send me the e-mails.
Some of you have asked for the picture of the Baltimore album, if I was to make the quilt again, I definitely would set the blocks a lot differently. I took the 6 inch block and appliquéd it on a 7 inch background, this background was set in the center of a very large block. To me, the large blocks really took away from the appliqué. I think it would’ve been a good idea to set the blocks with a simple lattice strip in between them. Quilting is an adventure and I think that we learn something different with every quilt that we make.
The fabrics that I used to make the quilt were the first line of Baltimore beauties byElly Sienkiewicz. I think the fabrics were produced at least 10 years ago and I’m sorry to say they are no longer available. You might be able to find some on eBay. I remember buying a lot of that fabric, the background fabric was always my favorite. It is too bad that fabrics are discontinued, I know there are a lot of beautiful new fabrics out there but there are a lot of old ones that I really liked.
I am glad that so many of you are enjoying the 6 inch blocks, I will always try to design one that is new and different and do one that is somewhat traditional. I have no idea how many blocks there will be totally, I love 6 inch block so I will just keep posting them. I just recently fell in love with shirtings, in all of my past quilts, I have always used a plain background. I think for my lattice strips, I’m going to use different shirtings. I think it will add some character to the blocks. The fabrics that I am using to make my blocks are a variety of collections that are out right now. The last time that I went to Shipshewana Indiana for the dear Jane retreat, I went to the Civil War collection of fabrics and pulled out fabrics that I thought were bright for Civil War fabrics.
If you have any other questions, e-mail me anytime. I hope that all of you are finding plenty of time to stitch.