February 20, 2011

Civil War Quilts: Block 3 & 7

At long last I have finally finished block three, the Seven Sisters of Civil War Quilts block of the week. It took me that long and I had to challenge myself to do one star per night. I'm happy I finished it now. I'm now up to date with all the blocks. Block seven came out last weekend and it was an easy log-cabin block so I finished it on the same day. If you have not visited the Civil War Quilts blog I hope you will do so soon. There is a Flickr page set up for the finished blocks from the members. It's a treat to see all of the blocks made for each week displayed together. 

(Block 3 Seven Sisters)

Block 3 has only 7 seven stars, so it wasn't hard to choose where 'F' fabric would go. I have had the background fabric for ages. Even though it was quite a simple block, it has too many points to needle turn. I'm out of practice with appliqué I think. I do love it now it's done!

(Block 7 Log-Cabin)

I wanted to use yellow in some of the blocks, and block 7 gave me a chance to do just that. The original block has only 2 logs; 3 including the center piece. My version has 3 logs, 4 with the center piece. My 'F' fabric is used for the center piece which was the obvious choice. 

Apart from these Civil War Quilts block I haven't been working on any traditional quilts lately. I'm in the middle of my Contemporary Woven Boro workshop with Jude Hill. It's another kind of quilting altogether. I don't have to worry about the dreaded 1/4" which I'm not very good as keeping.  Also I don't have to use only quilting fabric for this kind of quilting. 

In this decade I've promised myself to use up my fabric stash and recycle and reuse as much as possible.  It's my way of helping the environment. I'm sure you have your way of helping the environment too.  Thanks for visiting. I do appreciate all your kind comments. 



16 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

I love those seven sisters!

Janet said...

Your blocks look wonderful Nat. That's how quilts were made once upon a time, with found fabrics, scraps of clothing and anything that could be made use of. I think we're pretty spoiled now but what a shame that cotton clothing isn't as prevelant.

susi said...

love your blocks,nat!i thought also of using some yellows in some blocks,have a nice sunday,susi

Nedra said...

I appreciate how you said "this decade" to use up your stash. I have had the same goal, and I can tell it is going to take me years. With the price of cotton so high right now, it's a perfect time to use up what we have.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

gorgeous nat...i will have to go back and get copies of the patterns...good on you for using up your stash...then you can get more ha ha...love one armed dzintra

deanna7trees said...

you did a great job on those stars.

Needled Mom said...

Your blocks look great. I love the yellows in them. I am caught up except for the applique stars one. I will get that one done when I have time to sit and do some hand work. Sigh!

Karen said...

Nice blocks Nat!!!

Micki said...

Your blocks are wonderful Nat. I love the Civil War fabrics!
Micki

Herm said...

your star blocks are beautiful, know what you mean about too many points to needle turn, i also have made quilts the old fashioned way, enjoying Jude's weaving way now!

Terry said...

Using your stash also reminds you of other quilts you've made. Nice Cool stars is the background from the Sept.11 quilt?
Blue and yellow always look good together.

AnnieO said...

Just love the way you are using the F fabric to tie each block together. Your blocks look great! Red, yellow and blue always look cheerful together, no matter the style, CW, modern, etc, I think!

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

Your seven sisters block I adore,nothing like starts to get your back into needleturn applique,love the use of yellow in your blocks. Congratulations on your very important decision to use it up. I am with you on this. It is amazing what you find in the scrapbag in our sewing rooms.
Happy Monday.
Bev.xoxo

Michele Pacey said...

The star appliqué turned out so well. It doesn't look like you're out of practice at all, Nat! And the log cabin is pretty too, yellow is one of my favourite colours! Can't wait to see what this will look like when you've got it all together... So great!

Jacky said...

I love the Seven Sisters block (but not sure if I could cope with all of that needle turning...was never one of my strong points getting those points right!!!).
Really enjoying seeing your blocks for the civil war brides quilt.

Jacfky xox

Ivory Spring said...

Love the fabrics you have used the CWQ blocks.

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