Friday, November 23, 2012

Civil War Friday

The car is all packed tonight for the Gilmanton Crafts Fair at the school tomorrow where I will offer five of my quilts and lots of baskets of little quilty goodies for sale. I hope I can at least sell enough to break even on the $40.00 space rental. I can't call it a table fee because I must provide my own table for the 7 1/2' X 10' space. I hope I haven't forgotten anything. I just need to pack a lunch, too. I'm really kinda nervous about the whole thing but it is only from 9 to 3 for one day. Set up is at 7am! Thank goodness the school is only 4 miles away. Thank you to so many of you who have already wished me luck!

I had fun today going first thing this morning to the first Easy Street clue of the newest Bonnie Hunter mystery. If you just joined me here, maybe you'd like to play! Here are my fabrics all in Civil War reproductions.

We need a bunch of 4-patches made from the constant, which for me is the Moda red floral to be worked with the background tans and creams.

Two inch strips getting cut and sewn together.
Every pair of strip sets yields 20 four-patches and I cut enough for 60. I was using them as leaders and enders for the Golden Gese Churn Dash that I had just started at Charlene Higgins workshop last Saturday.
It is also Civil War so it's fun to work on the two quilts side by side.

Here are the first of the 200 or so four-patches that I need.
I chose to mate them up rather than make them all scrappy.
I got forty done and was very pleased!
Yesterday when the turkey was cooking and the heavenly scent of it cooking was driving me crazy with hunger, I made these churn dashes in green. But I was cutting the pieces from an eighth of a yard piece from a beautiful little bundle sold to me by Stacey Zabarsky of the Sew Far Sew Good quilt shop. 
As I cut, I totally forgot that to make the churn dash block, I need a solid 2 1/2" piece for the center! Alas! I had cut it all into HST's and 1 1/2" strips for the outer sections of the block. Groan!
I looked around and sitting right out on the cutting table was a nice half-yard chunk of green Thimbleberries that I'd had out to use in the Pistachios quilt but never did need it. See? Sometimes it is a good thing to not pick up your toys!! LOL!
So here is the somewhat silly looking green churn dash.
Raven said she liked it but she always expects a cookie for her opinion.


Samantha said...

So weird... your color choices are almost the same as mine! I have a brick red with gold/cream and blue in it as my constant and I'm using Ivory muslin as my back ground. My other colors are gold, green and blue! :D

Kathleen Wilson said...

Good luck at the sale tomorrow. Sounds like you're going to be busy. I love your colors for easy street. I decided to do this one this morning. I'm using a bunch of batiks that I have had forever. I think this one will be fun.

Glady said...

You are ahead of me on Easy Street, but I'm going to work on it tomorrow. I'll be anxious to see all the different color versions. I'm following close to Bonnie's colors. Good luck tomorrow at the sale!

Debra said...

Yes, Good luck at the sale tomorrow Vic, hope it goes well for you. I was just admiring all your gorgeous CW fabrics. That's going to be a stunning quilt you know. I sewed 124 4 patches today, a few need to be pressed open tho. I couldn't stop once I started. I'm using 30's fabrics. So far so good.

Janet O. said...

Hope all goes well for you at the craft fair. I attended one with my daughter today. It was fun--hadn't been to one in years.
Love your choices for Easy Street.
Good save on the churn dash blocks!

cityquilter grace said...

yes, do tell how it goes at the sale. i myself will be very interested, given the experiences i've had in this area...

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