Sunday, April 17, 2011

News & Foragers

This week I completed two blocks from the Civil War Diary Quilt Book, 'News' & 'Foragers'.  I paper pieced both blocks but know that 'Foragers' could have been done just as easily as a rotary cut block.  I am thrilled that I now have the second row done.... 22 blocks done so far... 99 more to go.  I sit here and wonder how these ladies pieced together such masterpieces, and took care of farms & children while their husbands were away fighting.  I can barely get dinner on the table most nights, I'm never caught up on laundry, my house is a mess and I live with many modern conveniences.

So here's the next two blocks...

Again, I picked colors similar to the book, pulling from my Civil War fabric stash....

This block is broken down into three sections for paper piecing.

Here I am sewing 'on the lines' as I paper piece, sewing past the 1/4 inch seam allowance.

The three sections are completed but not trimmed up...

All trimmed and ready to sew my 1/4" seams

Piecing the sections together....

'News' September 25, 1862

Then I picked out my fabric for 'Foragers', picking out a dark and medium fabric from my Civil War Fabric.  I picked out a brown print and a darker navy blue/red print to go with the cream muslin.

 I printed up the foundation papers from the companion CD  for the Civil War Diary Quilt Book, it was broken down into 8 sections.  I condensed it down to 6 sections as shown above.  If you are drafting your own paper piecing foundation paper, remember to add 1/4" seam allowance around each section. 

Sewing on the lines....

The sections all pieced and trimmed and ready to be sewn.

'Foragers' November 12, 1862

Remember to post your progress on the Civil War Diary Quilt Group on Flickr

Next Saturday, April 23, I will be taking a break from the Civil War Dairy Quilt Book by Rosemary Youngs.  But, I will be having a giveaway celebrating another row done!  So enjoy the jelly beans and chocolate eggs... hope that it feels like spring where-ever you are... Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

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

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