Saturday, January 22, 2011

Civil War BOM

Well, I love history - what can I say? My husband's ancestors were involved in the Civil War on the northern side. I love Harriet Hargrave's work because it is about traditional quilting in a new age. I combined the two ideas along with some friends at the local quilt shop and wa-la! a new idea was born: Block of the Month "Civil War Chronicles" quilt using thrilling reproduction fabrics. They are astonishingly beautiful!

To prepare, my dear husband purchased the Accuquilt Baby Go! cutter for me. The owner of the local quilt shop demonstrated its effectiveness and every lady in the room was convinced this was the way to sew triangle squares, especially when faced with approximately 2,000 of them over the course of the upcoming year.

For Civil War buffs, you can create a 1860's style quilt based on the actual quilts of 12 ladies who lived during that time. I received my January Block of the Month (BOM) by Homestead Hearth
105 N. Coal Mexico, Missouri 65265 ph. 573-581-1966 and it included information about Southern General Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Custis Lee (Martha Washington's great grand-daughter), whose actual quilt the center "medallion" pieced block is based upon. They have called the center block "Troubled Times" and indeed, they were. The history of her courtship, marriage, children, losses and her battle with arthritis is all documented, which really adds to the enjoyment of creating the block.

Reproduction fabrics are from Marcus Fabrics with Fabric by Judie Rothermel. You can view the fabrics online at The fabric is so inspirational, but I believe is best appreciated in person, rather than in photos.

Are you considering or have you already decided to make the same quilt? If so, please let me know...I'm interested to know how you progress.

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