North and South
From Primitive Quilts Magazine
My projects all seem to start the same way: There is an article or a piece in a magazine which catches my eye or I see something on a blog or pinterest. I start reading the article and studying the instructions and say to myself "that doesn't seem so difficult, I think I can do that."
And that is where the trouble begins: my ambition and imagination overloads my skill level.
The design for this quilt is in the Primitive Quilts Magazine Summer 2013. The finished quilt in the magazine is 37 1/2" x 46" the fabrics are from a Civil War charm pack. My finished quilt is 54" x 71." Looking through my stash I had several charm packs and thought it would be interesting to make it a true North and South quilt with Yankee blue on one side of the quilt and Johnny Rebel on the other side surrounded by gray. Me and my big ideas!
I was sweating bullets with the gray fabric. Frugal cutting was the theme of the day as I began cutting the setting triangles and sashing. Setting blocks on point always forces me to put on my quilting thinking cap and remember to sew the rows on the diagonal rather than across.
I have spent most of Labor Day laboring over this quilt keeping the sewing machine and iron hot while I tried to complete all the sashing and get all the blocks joined together. Backing fabric? Time to check the sash.