here), I rounded up all the fabrics (mostly strips, so this qualify for the Strip-easy Quilt Challenge coming up on this blog on May 28!) and thumbed through the pages of the book in search of 'the' quilt to make.
That turned out to be difficult as all the quilts were appealing to me, even though civil war quilts aren't usually on my 'must make' list. Every pattern in the book is preceded by a vignette with a story about the quilt itself or history behind the blocks. I was struck by the story about how crackers were a major staple on civil war soldiers' diet, so I picked the quilt called Hard Crackers and started making the blocks.
After carefully assembling four blocks (pictured above), I decided to design my own quilt (what else is new...). I had just been to a local quilt show and had lots of ideas, all involving medallion quilts. So, I joined the tiny blocks into one and started adding borders. The instructions under the Quiltmaking Basics section of the book were very helpful!
Here are some pictures of other quilts in the book I may try next:
(Photos by Brent Kane for Martingale)
Many of you would like to try your hand at miniature quilts but have been intimidated by the ones you've seen other quiltmakers make. This book is perfect as all the designs are beautiful, relatively easy to make, and the instructions will guide you along your journey.
Oh, yes! The book is Civil War Legacies II - Small Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Patterns by Carol Hopkins. Duh!
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