What a happy finish for me. I started this as a scrap buster project and tried to follow along with Barbara Brackman's Civil War Stars in a Time Warp sew along. Barbara has had frequent blog posts on different types of fabrics that were prevalent in the 1800s, and had lots of examples of current reproductions. I have Turkey Reds, Prussian Blues, Cheddar, Indigo, Poison Greens in my quilt, and feel like I got quite an education on antique fabrics, trends/fads, and methods of dyeing cotton goods.
Believe it or not, I am not sure how much stash I busted, as I bought more Civil War charm packs from Primitive Gatherings while I was making the top. Even though my stash is not recognizably reduced, how fun for me that I have enough fabric left to make another one of these quilts!
For this quilt, I was selective about just what colors I used, as I wanted the result to be colorful and light in feeling. I am undecided if I should just call the top finished as is, or if I should add a narrow black containment border and then an outer border. What do you all think? Finding the right border fabric could be a real challenge. In keeping with the spirit of the quilt, I could do a scrappy pieced border, but don't want to do too much to detract from the impact of the stars.
The blocks finish at 6 inches, and if I am counting correctly, I have 113 of them. The blocks are set diagonally and the finished top measures 70" square. There are two or three fabrics in each block, and I did repeat some of the fabrics. If you enlarge the photo, you can see that the backgrounds are scrappy too, mostly small prints called "shirtings". I used a few pieces from my stash when I wanted certain colors, but for the most part, all the blocks were made from charm squares, primarily purchased from Primitive Gatherings over a few years time.
If I were to change anything about how I made this quilt, I would have pressed all my seams open.
This is a great project to work on in-between other projects, over a longer period of time. The sew along is still going strong, and the blog posts Barbara has done since she began back in January are so interesting and inspirational.