Friday, March 23, 2018
Big and Tiny
Maybe it was a reaction but, more likely, a touch of impatience that stitching tiny red and brown 4-patch blocks made for slow progress for a large quilt that resulted in my decision to start a quilt with larger blocks.
I saw "Blue and Grey" somewhere on the internet several years ago and loved it but then forgot about it until Julie posted her version of the quilt six weeks ago, which reminded me of it. I reserved the book, The Blue and the Gray: Quilt Patterns using Civil War Fabrics, from the library.
I love everything about this quilt except that 6" blocks result in a quilt that measures 40" x 47". I want a larger quilt, big enough for a nap or a bed, so I enlarged the blocks to finish at 9".
I tell you, 3½" seem huge after stitching tiny 1¼" squares!
It's rare for me to follow a pattern exactly. I change the size, I change the colors, I change one thing or other about the pattern. This time I've changed only the size, which means I've been on a search for a few more Civil War fabrics. It's been wonderful sewing with mostly all new fabric, but finding a variety of blues (in the shade I like), browns, reds, lights/mediums/tans/gold-ishes, and greys has been a little challenging. One almost-local quilt shop had just a few of each color but nearly no blues and no greys at all. Another less-local quilt shop sells mostly 1800s reproduction fabrics where I found several blue fabrics, two reds, and two lights.
I'm pleased to be starting a new quilt while I continue to cut, stitch, and press more blocks for Little Rubies.
I'm linking this post to Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts. Thanks for hosting, Myra.