Sunday, March 27, 2011

Texas Rangers & Union Soldiers

Texas Rangers....

   This week I worked on two more blocks from the Civil War Diary Quilt by Rosemary Wells.  I paper pieced both of the blocks using the foundation papers that I printed up from the companion CD, using EQ5.
This skips the whole process of drafting out the blocks which saves tons of time.  It was a challenge this week to get this blocks done, I really need to get ahead of the curve here and have blocks made up a week or two ahead of posting.  Make note to self..... my goal is to post early on Saturday.   And to add to the late posting I was stuggling with Blogger sofeware.  Couldn't get my pictures to show up in my blog.  What usually takes me half an hour turned into a marathon.  Arggggggggggggg!   So let's get started on the next two blocks, 'Texas Rangers' & Union Soldiers....

I started with 'Texas RAngers' and pulled my fabric from my Civil War fabric stash.
Again, the colors I choose are similar to the colors in the book.  I used the foundation paper
That I printed up using the companion CD and EQ5.  This is a pretty straight forward
block and could be easily drafted from the book.  Just remember to add your 1/4" seam allowance.

I cut my fabric into strips for paper piecing.  I find it's easier to
work with.  I also write colors in the sections of the block so I don't
loose track of what I'm doing.

Here I am sewing on the lines as I paper piece.

One section done, three more to go!

'Texas Rangers' is all finished.  The white blocks aren't lining up very well. 
This is driving me crazy but when I group the block with the
rest of the quilt that I have done so far, they look fine and disappear.

'Union Soldiers' is a great block... I love the design.  I picked out
red, white and blue.  Similar to the book.

This block is broken into eight sections to complete the block.

Here is the center star for the block, isn't it cute!

Here I am paper piecing the striped triangle sections of the block.
I'm sewing on the lines!
Sewing the striped triangles onto the center square.  Remember 1/4" seams...

To make the blue triangle corner sections, cut a 4" square out of blue
fabric, then cut the square in half corner to corner to form two triangles.
Sew onto block, remember 1/4" seam allowance.

'Union Soldier' all done.  I love this block!
This would make a lovely table runner!

Remember to post your progress on the Civil War Diary Quilt Group on Flickr
Next Saturday, April 2nd,  I will be working on 'Victuals' and 'News' from the Civil War Dairy Quilt Book by Rosemary Youngs.  Hope that you're able to join me in my journey.  Feel free to email me any time if you have questions or comments.

Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you!

The Civil War Diary Quilt Book can be bought through paypal or through the mail from Rosemary Youngs...
The Civil War Diary Quilt book is available for $22.99 plus $4.95 priority mail, (global priority mail $11.95) . You can order the CD with the book, you will need  Electric Quilt 5 or 6 to run the CD, the CD alone is $10 and there is no extra charge for postage when you order the book with the CD, total cost for the CD with the book will be $32.99 plus your postage.
Send a check or money order to Rosemary Youngs, 3704 Nicole Ct., Walker, MI 49534


  1. I'm not sure if it is just me, but I can't see your pictures :(
    I am working on the Civil War Love Letter blocks - they are really fun!

  2. I've been fighting with the software all afternoon. It's not just you... :( I've been very frustrated with it. Argggggggggggggggggg!I will post the pictures on the flicker account...

  3. Yeah! All fixed, the pictures are showing up on the blog!

  4. Your blocks are beautiful and your instructions are amazing. I love the pictures and I always look forward to reading your blog every Saturday.