Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Civil war quilt

I seem to have a hit a wall with this one. Was all excited and couldn't wait to start it. Spent days cutting everything out and then sewing up all 162 blocks. Even started sewing blocks together.....and got a few rows done......then I hit the proverbial quilt wall. Don't know why. I simply adore the variety of fabrics and the way they look together. The sewing is easy....the pattern simple. I even have a pair of blocks under the presser foot on my machine.....just waiting for the next pair to be sewn. The quilt is even hanging on my "design wall" in my bedroom so it's the last thing I see at night.....and the first thing I see in the morning. You'd think that would be enough to keep me going on this one.

Yes, I know the quilt is large. Too large, in fact, for my design wall. The quilt will have to be sewn in quarter sections and then the quarter sections sewn together. I think this may actually be one of the largest quilts I have ever made (115" square when done - without borders)......and that in itself is a nice challenge. Maybe it's just that there are too many other things going on in life right now and it's sucking all the quilt motivation right out of me. Which is highly unusual. When things get stressful I usually turn to quilting (or knitting...or spinning) to bring a bit of calm to my life. Oh well. Whatever it is, I hope it passes real soon. I would love to get this to where it is a completed top if nothing else by the end of the month. There is an outdoor quilt show at the end of next month that I would love to put a couple of quilts in....and they still need to be finished!

For those of you who might be interested in the pattern, here is the pertinent information. The pattern is called "Past and Present". It was designed by Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios ( It can be found in the February 2008 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. While the pattern is simple it called to me. So this project started out as a way to use up the small collection of civil war reproduction fat quarters I had. I was going to make a lap sized quilt, but discovered that I had enough fabric for a king size (or so I thought at the time). It wasn't until I was half-way through with the cutting that I discovered that I really didn't have enough fabric for a king....or anything larger than a twin for that matter. Since I really didn't want to put all those extra cut pieces into the scrap bin it was easier (and way more fun) to simply shop for more fabric. I think there is somewhere between 40-50 different fabrics in my quilt. As far as I know all are civil war reproduction fabrics.


  1. I think that you should just give yourself a break, if you are anything like me you just have to wait for the mood to come. It is going to be a beautiful 'big' quilt, I love the looks of it. The pattern is calling to me, too.

  2. Thank you, Candace, for those wonderful words. It is going to be a beautiful quilt and I can't wait to have the top done. I simply love the way it lets all the fabrics shine. I hope you start on yours soon.

  3. I've hit the wall twice, both times for more than a year, never even picked up a needle. To not quilt felt like there was a limb missing, but I just couldn't do it. When I came back to it both times it was with renewed enthusiasm and joy, and lots of new ideas. Julia Cameron (author) calls it 'refilling the well'. And it really is true. But I hope yours is just a temporary burp in the order of things and that you get this top finished shortly! KalamaQuilts