Sunday, September 18, 2011

Civil War Blocks


I'm all caught up on blocks for Barbara Brackman's Civil War Block of the Week. 

Ohio Star






 Confederate Rose
 Kentucky Crossroads





 Star of the West












Have you seen Barbara Brackman's new blog about the War of 1812 called Quilt 1812: War and Piecing?  Next year will be the bicentennial of that war and she is posting about the very few early quilts that date from the first decades of the 19th century as well as design and fabric traditions from the time period.  Barbara Brackman is my Quilt Idol--serious scholarship, wonderful writer, and beautiful fabric & pattern designer.  Who is your Quilt Idol?

7 comments:

Stitched With Prayer said...

Your Civil War Blocks are beautiful. I discovered Barbara's blocks very late and though I have everything I need for a nice sized Civil War Quilt, I decided to catch up on a few things before I even take a stab at it. I was away from my machine for so long that I'm really enjoying catching up on things. One Thimbleberries Quilt needs only the final borders then it is ready for the quilter but I haven't gotten to that one yet. Trying to catch up on BOM's that have been calling to me, LOL. I've only been quilting for a couple of years so I'm not sure who my quilt idol is. I just love em all and folks like you who are so productive and share your wonderful creations with us. Hugs...

A Quilter Awakens said...

Brackman is wonderful; I agree! Good work on the blocks! Karmen

Nancy said...

I'm not sure I have a quilt idol. I do respect and admire the work of Barbara Brackman and Jo Morton. I also love Evelyn Sloppy's work. Someday I want to make all the quilts in 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. I also admire your ability to keep up with the Civil War blocks each week :o)

sewprimitive karen said...

Gretchen, the colors in your blocks are so pretty. My heroes, also Barbara Brackman, plus Jo Morton and the Blackbird Ladies.

Brooke said...

I am not making these blocks myself, but I am following admirably those who are. They are stunning. I particularly love the ones, such as yours, that are done in the traditional fabrics. I never tire of these colors or patterns. Your blocks are lovely.

I also want to send a hug your way over the loss of your sweet kitty. They bring so much joy and comfort to our lives, and finding a "new normal" without their presence makes the heart a little weary. I bid farewell to my 16 year old Golden Retriever nearly two years ago, and I still miss her every day. I know many have told you that it gets easier, and I can assure you that it does, but I so sympathize with how it feels waiting for "someday" to come.

Lastly, Brackman is indeed a rock star. Heart her!

Brenda said...

Great job on the blocks.

Michele said...

That is a good question! I'm really not sure. There are so many wonderful quilters out there and I like so many different styles of quilting :-) Congratulations on being caught up! Your blocks are wonderful. Great fabric choices!