Saturday, 23 February 2008

Civil War Diary Quilt

My Civil War Diary Quilt book arrived on Thursday - Oh Dear!! What have I let myself in for!!There are some really INCREDIBLE blocks in this book , I didn't know that you could get so many pieces of fabric into a 6" finished block (!!!!) and I am starting to feel that maybe I should have bought the book before committing myself!!

Those of you that have read my Blog know that I am not among the best qualified quilters in the world, but have rather a bit of a 'gung ho!' attitude, so I can't help but wonder where this is all going to end up!! The book itself is wonderful and I have to admit that not too much sewing was done yesterday as I was totally enthralled by the stories even if the blocks frightened the pants off me!!

Now - I am not going to give up but instead I am going to brush up on paper piecing (ugh!) and try to teach myself to use freezer paper templates - that should be hysterical !!! Just to prove that I am determined to go on, I have managed 4 blocks today Oath of Allegiance, A Splendid Victory, Abomination of Desolation from CWDQ and Hospital from CWLLQ. I am still waiting for the Love Letters book so haven't been able to make many on this week's list, so I thought I would carry on with other blocks ( Yes!! OK !! I am choosing all the easy ones first !)but I am sure it will all even out in the end !! Sorry - I can't post photos tonight, guess who's run the battery down on the camera !!

I also managed to get the blocks for my scrappy Coffee & Cream top together today and the first border put on! Considering it is made mainly from 'boring browns', it is looking quite good, again photo to follow I'm afraid !!

Before I sign off - I would like to thank all everyone from ' Sew Many Blocks' who have left encouraging messages - it is so good to know that you are all out there !!


Juliann in WA said...

After making 25 blocks, I am finding that my piecing is getting better and I have been quilting for a long time. Think of this as an opportunity to learn. And enjoy.

Lily Boot said...

Your blocks look great! But I must agree - I am amazed at how tiny some of the pieces are going to be! I am so easily daunted by difficult blocks that I have been known to proclaim I will not sew anything smaller than 1 inch! I'd better start practicing! Good luck! Looking forward to seeing how you progress! Warm regards, Lily