I intend to use only fabric from my stash. I think I might have enough background fabric, but if not I will use different fabric for that. I don't think they were too fussy about what fabric they used during the Civil War in 1860.
To motivate myself and to get started with this quilt, I have got a book out from the library on Women and Civil War by Louise Chipley Slavicek 2009. It was fascinating to read that Mary Edwards Walker was the first woman to wear trousers during the Civil War in 1860. I hope that somewhere in this book there will be something about quilts. I will keep you posted if I come across it.
I just want to show you this beautiful old tin I am using to keep all the applique pieces together. It is in keeping with the period. I hope you enjoy this post with a bit of history. I hope to learn more about the Civil War by the time I finish this quilt.