The second block that I worked on is called, 'Preparations for Smuggling'. The diary entry is dated, March 16, 1864. Isabella writes "...Mrs. Kirk and I began to fix my articles for smuggling, we made a balmoral of the Grey cloth for uniform, pinned the Hats to the inside of my hoops - tied the boots with a strong list, letting them fall directly in front, the cloth having monopolized the back & the Hats the side - All my letters, brass buttons, money..." More diary entries from Isabella Buchanan Edmondson can be found here. So let's get sewing... this is how I complete the next two blocks... I printed up foundation papers using the companion CD for Rosemary's book. You can get the companion EQ CD here.
|I used fabrics similar to what is shown in the book... one of these days I'll surprise you and use something different!|
|This block is done in one big block. The block has 29 sections. I wrote the fabric colors in each section so that I don't loose track of what goes where....|
|Sewing on the lines, notice how I sew past the seam line.|
|The center of the block so far...|
|The sewing is done, now I need to trim the block up, remembering to leave a 1/4" seam allowance.|
|'Thousands of Diamonds' |
March 1, 1864
|My fabric for 'Preparations for Smuggling'.|
|I cut my fabric into strips to make it easier to paper piece. I also wrote the fabric colors onto my foundation paper. The block is broken down into 5 sections for easy piecing.|
|Here you can see how I skipped a couple of seams and combined three sections into one. I did this because all three sections are black.|
|The five rows are done and I'm sewing the sections together.|
|Ackkkkkk! I sewed one of the rows on wrong! Where's 'Jack' my seam ripper!|
|Preparations For Smuggling|
March 16, 1864
Next weekend I will be working on 'Yankee Papers'. I'm hoping to get 'Glorious News' done too. I learned something interesting this week.... do you know what a nail is in relation to fabric? I don't remember covering this in home ec class, do you? It's quite the trivia question isn't it. 2 1/4 inches = 1 nail, 4 nails = 1 quarter, who knew? I've never heard of anyone asking to have a nail cut... have you? Hope that you are able to join me next week as I continue on my Civil War Diary Quilt.
Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you!