Saturday, July 27, 2013

Finishing Up the First Block-of-the-Month

Civil War Sampler
by Lori B
35 blocks
 Here are a few recent finishes to the Civil War sampler we started in January 2011, the first month of the sesquicentennial commemorations of the Civil War.

Lori used several large-scale patriotic prints and sashed it 
with the always reliable star/cornerstone pattern.

Civil War Sampler
48 Blocks
by Anita

She's finished hand quilting it and it hangs in the living room.

Peggerly's set is similar but in the opposite contrast.
Now, I might have shown you these before but I imagine you'll enjoy looking at them again.

Here is doniene's finished top with the sashing plus cornerstone set.

16 Blocks by Imaquilter Wis

Contrary to her name Msdolittle has her top done. She used the same set
Becky Brown used for her cover quilt.

Becky sent a picture of her Liberty & Union quilt
back home on its bed.
Want to see more finished Civil War samplers? Go to our Flickr page of Finished Projects:

Saturday, July 20, 2013

We're Over Half Done

Dixie Diary

We've done Block # 7 of the Dixie Diary block-of-the-month, so we have 5 to go. People have been posting their progress. Twelve Oaks has added the one-inch frame to hers as she goes.

I found some of these in our Flickr photo album. Click on the photographer in the left hand column or here:

I did a little photoshopping to make them look their best.

Dixie Diary
Rosemary Y
Rosemary has sashing plans.

Dixie Diary
And Honas52 has finished a top with half her blocks.

Dixie Diary
Cookie's Creek
 Cookie's Creek has posted her first six, pieced in pink and brown.

Dixie Diary
Moose Bay Muses

She's using Jo Morton's Alexandria reproduction line. 

See her tutorial on how to applique a simple star here:

Dixie Diary
She's been re-purposing old embroidered linens. It's turning out quite well.
The black is just the photography background. 
It will be fun to find out what she comes up with for a setting.

Post your progress. We'll look forward to seeing how it's all coming together.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Civil War Era Photo with Quilt

Several years ago I saw this stereocard photo in an online auction.
I didn't win it but I saved the picture as the women's dress indicated the 
picture was taken in the 1860s.

I found the photo the other day and enlarged the quilt to see what they are admiring.

[UPDATE: Five years later I have figured out the photo is probably a Civil War-era studio set up shot using actors by New York photographer George Stacy.]

The closest I could figure out was the standard octagon in a square
BlockBase #4141
Although the photo pixels break up at this scale and there might be a little more pattern than this basic
square with the corners cut off.

It seems to be shaded in counterchange fashion---what's light in one square is dark in the other---
and not scrappy. So I colored it in pink and brown in EQ7.

In BlockBase there is a button you can hit
that will tell you its published names

Calico Snowball  from Evelyn Brown who had a pattern magazine in the 1960s
Hour Glasses or Octagons from Lenice Bacon's 1970s book
Rob Peter to Pay Paul from Carlie Sexton about 1930
And The Marble Floor from the Kansas City Star in 1930

The "View Namelist" button looks like
an index card, the second index card in the top row of buttons in BlockBase.

In my file of patterns to make some day
I found this circa 1860 quilt done in madders and Prussian blue. 
It is the same block but not shaded in counterchange fashion---every center is dark.

And there is a pieced sashing that forms a star.

A design wall would come in handy with that sashing.

I was inspired to try to figure out the pattern by the show of quilts in photos from Janet Finley's collection that is up at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
Posing With Patchwork Quilts: Quilts in Photographs 1855-1955 is at the museum in Lincoln through December 1, 2013.

You can also see the exhibit online by clicking here:

You will see they have found a quilt in the pattern for each photo.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dixie Diary 7: Living Off Cornbread

Block 7
Living Off Cornbread
8" Version

Southern shortages affected everyone, even spoiled girls like Sarah Morgan who lamented she could find no strings for her guitar or seed for the pet birds. By the end of the war these minor complaints might have embarrassed the older, wiser woman she became. Food for people was becoming scarce in Louisiana and would become scarcer.

A 12" version with a 1" frame, set on point
By Sandi Brothers.

A child and a fancy birdcage

September 4, 1862 Clinton
Ouf! what a country! Next time I go shopping, I mean to ask some clerk, out of curiosity, what they do sell in Clinton. The following is a list of a few of the articles that shopkeepers actually laugh at you if you ask for:  Glasses, flour, soap, starch, coffee, candles, matches, shoes, combs, guitar-strings, bird-seed,---in short, everything that I have heretofore considered as necessary to existence. If any one had told me I could have lived off of cornbread, a few months ago, I would have been incredulous; now I believe it, and return an inward grace for the blessing at every mouthful."

 The Morgans were probably better off at the crowded boarding house in Clinton. Photographer Andrew Lytle captured breadlines outside his studio in Baton Rouge.

The pieced block is #2039 in BlockBase,
 called King's Crown by the Kansas City Star in 1931.

Cutting 12"
A: Cut 1 square 6 1/2".
B: Cut 1 square 7 1/4". (5-3/16" if you use the 1/16th" default) Cut into 4 triangles with 2 cuts. 

C: Cut 4 squares 3 1/2".
D: Cut 4 squares 3 7/8". Cut each into 2 triangles with 1 cut. 

Cutting 8"

A: Cut 1 square 4-1/2".
B: Cut 1 square 5 1/4" (5-3/16" if you use the 1/16th" default)Cut into 4 triangles with 2 cuts. 

C: Cut 4 squares 2-1/2".
D: Cut 4 squares 2 7/8". Cut each into 2 triangles with 1 cut. 

Add smaller triangles to either side of the B triangle. Make 4 of these. 

Add the squares on either side.
Make 2 of these rectangles for top and bottom.

Add the remaining rectangles to either side of A.
Piece the 3 strips together.

Optional applique:

Applique a star or a heart after piecing.
Go back to the January 5, 2013 post to see a JPG with the heart and the star.