Remembering the 1860s
May 27, 2009 § 11 Comments
Over the last year, my local quilt shop has organized a Civil War club. It will be a two year program as we work through a few of the blocks from The Civil War Love Letter Quilt by Rosemary Young. Club members will have 24 finished blocks at the end of two years. Only six more months to go!
I prefer larger quilts that can be thrown on the bed or snuggled under on the sofa, so I decided to make 2 blocks a month for a total of 48 at the end of two years. This has been a good practice for me in making smaller, detailed blocks. Someday I want to attempt the Dear Jane quilt.
I’ve really enjoyed this journey. And I’ve learned a lot about the Civil War. Every month I search the Internet for something that ties in with the letter we are reading. The most interesting bit of information that I’ve run across was about ketchup.
During the Civil War, a request for ketchup would have resulted in the question of “what sort?” And asking for “tomato ketchup, please” would have gotten you marked down as something of an oddball if not an outright troublemaker. For most people, a ketchup was a sauce made out of mushrooms. –From Civil War Cooking.
There are 121 blocks in the book and no sewing instructions. Fortunately, Rosemary has published an Electric Quilt project CD so that I haven’t had to draft any of them myself. I just chose the method of construction and the fabric. Some blocks can be rotary cut, but many need to be Foundation Paper Pieced.
The fabric in the vertical strips between the blocks is one that recently came in at the shop. It’s Grand Teint by Windham Fabrics. Windham does a really good job in supplying great reproduction fabrics to quilt shops! All the colors I’ve been using in my blocks is in that fabric. It matched so perfectly that there wasn’t any doubt in my mind that I had to use it!