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Thread: What would you do with 200 Civil War repros?

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    I WAS going to do the DJ club but I find that I just don't have any interest in doing it. I bought 200 different CW fabrics in fat eights (9x11) so what to do with them?

    Obviously, it will be a scrappy quilt and I do want a very old fashioned look, like an 1800's quilt. Anyone have some links to some old quilt pictures and/or patterns?

    I bought a book called Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts that is all about the tiny blocks in antique quilts but I'm not sure I am hooked on any of the patterns yet.

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    trade.

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    Oh MY!
    Sell them to me!!! :D
    Seriously, PM me if you are interested in selling. ;)

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    Hi
    I just did a scrappy quilt with reproduction prints. I posted the pictures about two weeks ago. I wish I knew how to link it for you here. But I'm sure you're clever enough to find it.

    thanks!

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    Do an antique looking dresden plate. The easy dresden plate ruler is the deal of the day at Missouri Quilt Co.

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    Here's a picture of mine. I was a newbie and some of my blocks didn't come out big enough so I cut them down a little more and added a border. Blocks go from edge to edge with no outer borders. The binding is going to be pieced from the different fabrics in the quilt with no set length or order. It's one of my Ladies-in-Waiting since it's not yet quilted.
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    Jennie, I really like your scrappy! I forgot to mention that I also have 15 YARDS (a whole bolt) of Kona Cotton in Ivory.

    Rapture, that is gorgeous! I can certainly see that it CW with the double-pinks and greens.

    I think dresden plate or all different blocks is more than I want to do. I'm thinking of one block pattern so that I can chain piece and just crank them out.

    I don't want to get rid of it, I just don't want to do a DJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Here's a picture of mine. I was a newbie and some of my blocks didn't come out big enough so I cut them down a little more and added a border. Blocks go from edge to edge with no outer borders. The binding is going to be pieced from the different fabrics in the quilt with no set length or order. It's one of my Ladies-in-Waiting since it's not yet quilted.
    BEAUTIFUL! :-D

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    Put it away for a while and let the fabric tell you what it wants to be.

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    Thank you all. PBPam, you could use the cream as your sashing and backing. If you want to do one block, just do a little research and find a block that is era appropriate.
    Mine was a BOM and supposed to have 12 blocks set together with 12 1/12" uncut blocks of some other print. I felt like during the CW if they'd had a huge piece of one fabric to cut into twelve and a half inch blocks they would have made clothing out of it so I added blocks on my own and made mine the way I wanted it. There were blocks I wanted to try out so I just did them--the Fan, Carrie Nation, Cherokee Star, French Braid, Crazy Block, the one with the 1" blocks, and several others were just ones I threw in.

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    Go to this web site: http://www.bonniebluequilts.com/detail.aspx?ID=35

    It is a pattern called Glory Bound by Bonnie Blue Quilts. I saw the pattern and the quilt last year made with Civil War fabrics....Needless to say, I bought the pattern.... It was beautiful! :lol:

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    Oh that last pattern is very nice. Would look great with all the CW fabrics.

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    I'm doing a Seven Sisters pattern in Civil War repros. This pattern was very popular in the South in the mid to late 1800s. Below is a sample of one of the blocks. These are very easy to make when using a no-set-in-seams method of piecing.
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    Here are some pictures from Better Homes and Gardens new "Antique Quilts" magazine that just came out. Plus, here's a link to order one. I just received a copy and it's fabulous!

    Pictures: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/antiqu...uilts_ss1.html

    To order one: http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/...&Item_ID=41797

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I'm doing a Seven Sisters pattern in Civil War repros. This pattern was very popular in the South in the mid to late 1800s. Below is a sample of one of the blocks. These are very easy to make when using a no-set-in-seams method of piecing.

    That's beautiful. Mom made a kingsize Seven Sisters for my husband and I when we married. She was from the South and it was one of her favorite blocks.

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    The Seven Sisters looks hard. How is it done without set-in seams? That might look nice with a star in every fabric and the ivory cotton background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    The Seven Sisters looks hard. How is it done without set-in seams? That might look nice with a star in every fabric and the ivory cotton background.
    The stars are actually a large triangle with 3 additional points sewn on. If you look at them that way, you can see how the rows can be pieced and then the rows sewn together to form the block. Tada! No set-in-seams. :) Of course, this means that each star will need to be a solid fabric choice (or you'd have a triangle with 3 different colored points on it), but that was o.k. with me, since I wanted all of the 7 stars in the block to be the same anyway.

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    at 9 x 11, would the pieces be sixteenths??

    how about a tumbler quilt?

    you could always cut 2 of each shape and trade......

    or Midget Blocks?

    http://sentimentalstitches.net/free-...midget-blocks/

    baby nine patches?

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    I love the look of Civil War fabric. I think you could pick out any traditional pattern and it would look vintage. Tammy in MN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    The Seven Sisters looks hard. How is it done without set-in seams? That might look nice with a star in every fabric and the ivory cotton background.
    The stars are actually a large triangle with 3 additional points sewn on. If you look at them that way, you can see how the rows can be pieced and then the rows sewn together to form the block. Tada! No set-in-seams. :) Of course, this means that each star will need to be a solid fabric choice (or you'd have a triangle with 3 different colored points on it), but that was o.k. with me, since I wanted all of the 7 stars in the block to be the same anyway.

    wow, I didn't know you could do them that way. Mom always used diamonds and did everything by hand.

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    Hi edie here I did 2 small quilts for my grandson from the Civil War Letters, they turn out great I gave them to my grandsons when they were home on leave.Most of them are 6" paper piced blocks. good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I WAS going to do the DJ club but I find that I just don't have any interest in doing it. I bought 200 different CW fabrics in fat eights (9x11) so what to do with them?

    Obviously, it will be a scrappy quilt and I do want a very old fashioned look, like an 1800's quilt. Anyone have some links to some old quilt pictures and/or patterns?

    I bought a book called Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts that is all about the tiny blocks in antique quilts but I'm not sure I am hooked on any of the patterns yet.
    A nice simple, but old, pattern is the Log Cabin. I'm sure it was around in CW days. It would be a great scrappy quilt and all you would have to do is cut those fat eighths down some and you'd be ready to go. You can make logs as big or small as you like, and they go very fast too. I love CW fabrics, I made a CW quilt for my husband with names of his relatives on the blocks. It will serve as a family history of sorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pats8e8
    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    I WAS going to do the DJ club but I find that I just don't have any interest in doing it. I bought 200 different CW fabrics in fat eights (9x11) so what to do with them?

    Obviously, it will be a scrappy quilt and I do want a very old fashioned look, like an 1800's quilt. Anyone have some links to some old quilt pictures and/or patterns?

    I bought a book called Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts that is all about the tiny blocks in antique quilts but I'm not sure I am hooked on any of the patterns yet.
    A nice simple, but old, pattern is the Log Cabin. I'm sure it was around in CW days. It would be a great scrappy quilt and all you would have to do is cut those fat eighths down some and you'd be ready to go. You can make logs as big or small as you like, and they go very fast too. I love CW fabrics, I made a CW quilt for my husband with names of his relatives on the blocks. It will serve as a family history of sorts.
    1 1/2" cuts look great. Not to small to work with and not so large as to look funny. Just remember to ALWAYS turn your blocks the same way as you're making them. If you start by turning them clockwise, keep going the same direction on all of them that what they'll all have their corners the same.

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    My Aunt made a quilt using civil war fabrics. She used 9 inch square in a square and 9 patch alternating blocks. I don't know if those were around then but it was one beautiful quilt.

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    Here's a book on Civil War Quilts that I found:

    http://www.amazon.com/Quilts-Civil-W.../dp/1571200339

    Hope this helps!! :D

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