civil war diary quilt: 15, 35, 71


After much anticipation, my Civil War Diary Quilt book has arrived. Right now I’m staring at a block called “Abomination of Desolation.” The names are just fantastic, aren’t they? This block is just a 16-patch with a diagonal pattern.

Abomination of desolation

As I flip through this book, not only am I attacking the paper-piecing-puzzle of figuring out how to assemble the blocks, I’m also trying to identify the different color schemes. It’s like a test after reading Jeni’s posts. I’m hoping to use as many different color combinations as I can from the Robert Kaufmann Pure Organic collection. Another inspiration for the color schemes has been afghans like this. Lots of color and blocks of different color combinations, all against black.

15. draft threat

15. draft threat

These blocks come together pretty quickly, because they’re only 6″ square. Also, I haven’t tried any of the really intricate ones yet.

71. the longest morning

71. the longest morning

On a difficulty scale of 1-5, with 1 being easy and 5 being hard, I’d probably rank these somewhere around a 2. There are definitely easier blocks in the book — and there are most definitely some more difficult ones.

35. mail delivery

35. mail delivery

I knew that if I knocked all the easy ones out first I would lose momentum, so I’m trying to mix it up. I made each of these three different afternoons before going to work.

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