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Thread: Civil War Block swap - One, Two Three

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    Civil War Block swap - One, Two Three

    Civil War block swap opens Sunday, July 22, closes Sunday, September 9, blocks due Saturday, October 20th. Basic rules of swaps apply. 100% cotton fabric must be washed and dried. Please read the entire swap guidelines, you may want to make the sample blocks first before deciding to join. This is a 12 block swap. Unfinished size is 12.5. There are three blocks in this swap. All blocks are found on Quilterscache.com site. Star of Virginia, Shoo Fly, and Double T. Directions on how to make the blocks are clearly posted. In the next thread of this, I will give some tips I found to be helpful when I was making the blocks. Fabric should be of Civil War values. They are more muted, darker colors, with creams and beige, not white. Kansas Trouble, Barn Buggy, Wiliam Morris are a few samples. Google,or post a pic if you are not sure of your selection. You are to make 4 blocks of Star of Virginia. 4 blocks of Shoo Fly. 4 of Double T. You make use two color combination as shown on the QC site, or three if you so choose. All 4 blocks of the set MUST BE THE SAME. The three sets may be of different colors. When swapped out, I will send you one of each of your blocks back, with three different blocks - you will end up with 4 Shoo Fly - 4 Double T's, and 4 Star of Virginia. You may send me the blocks any way you want, please make sure you have your name, return address and BOARD NAME as well on the outside. I will return your blocks using the FRE bubble envelopes. Cost is $5.30. You may send stamps or $, which ever is best for you, as well as a return address label. PLEASE NOTE.....when sending your blocks, please separate them into individual baggies. It will make it much easier to sort/swap.


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    Okay - the swap is open. Here are a few tips I will pass along that make the blocks. In making the Star of Virgina. I used the no waste flying geese method. It is best described and shown if you look at Quilterscache.com and find the Martha Washington square. We ARE NOT USING mw SQUARE IN THE SWAP. It is only showing how to make the no waste flying geese if you prefer to do it that way instead of placing squares on the rectangle. For the Double T's....the directions show cutting squares then cutting them from corner to corner. I prefer to cut the squares, place the other color on top, diagonal line corner to corner, and sew that (again) dreaded scant 1/4 inch on either side, cut on the line and press open. With the Double T's.....it is much easier if you press each seam OPEN. The block will lay much flatter and look neater. Star of Virginia and Shoo Fly are very easy and quick to make. I suggest you do your Double T's when you are not tired (ask me why I suggest that ). I posted all the fabric I purchased to give you a good idea of the color values for this swap. The three blocks I made are just a suggestion for block colors. If you have any questions, please ask! If signing up, please post on this thread, as well as pm-ing me. Posting on this thread lets everyone know who is participating - pm's give me a accurate list.
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    Deb, I am in. Looking at my fabrics now. Where is everybody still on the other site?
    Quilter Momma, Sheri where are you????????????????
    Carolyn
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    Well you didn't call for me but I am up side down in my FQ bin. I am also deciding if I want to make the double T or star first to check if I can make them OK. Hmmm maybe first off to print directions for each block from quilters cache.




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    Deb, I am in. Looking at my fabrics now. Where is everybody still on the other site?
    Quilter Momma, Sheri where are you????????????????
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    Last edited by Annaquilts; 07-22-2012 at 10:52 AM.
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    Deb, will these fabrics work?
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    Annaquilts, glad to find someone working with me. Where are those ladies that were so inpatient and waiting and waiting. Sharon B I know you must be looking for fabrics too. I have to wait till Deb ok's my fabric. That is always the hard part for me! Guess what printer is out of ink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by islandwiz1 View Post
    Deb, will these fabrics work?
    After looking at these fabrics in a differant light I think the lights on the bottom are too white. Will look for cream or beige to go with them.
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    Hmm I like the one on the left bottom. I plan to tea dy the whole quilt once it is done.
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    Annaquilts did you pick out your fabrics yet? I don't have alot of beige and creams. Deb, where are you I can't cut without some advise.
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    I am also not sure about a beige. It is buggy barns but the floral tone on tone looks a bit big. Now looking at Deb's fabrics again I think it will go. I am not sure about the mauves, paisley and solid, reminds me of retro '70ies, with your colors but I think you should wait to see what Deb says.
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    Deb, I sent you a PM.... I would love to join this swap!
    I am a homeschool mom to four little ladies, a prayerful wonderer and marveller, a spirit-filled dancer, a meek and mighty warrior, and a friend to many small creatures. Nice to meet you!

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    Island - The only one that I feel really fits the colors for CW is the darker floral one on the left bottom corner. The paisley - the solids and the others are really too light or not of the family for the CW values. I know some of them are Buggy Barn - I saw them in Lancaster....but I felt they really were not of the same family. I posted what I had purchased to give people a nice representation. When I asked about these - I was told that all CW reproductions were more muted - darker colors, some tone on tones - with the exception of the beige and rose floral, and the darker floral prints that were not paisley. Sorry to be such a bugger on this....
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    I think I will have to go to Joanne's to get some real CW fabric.
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    I think that the blue - the solid one in the upper right - it may match the darker floral that I said that I like on second look.
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    This sounds like a great swap--haven't done any block swaps yet, so will wet my feet with this one.
    Another note in regards to CW fabrics--black dyes were not very prevalent in the cotton calicoes of this era.

    From Barbara Blackman's Civil War Quilts blogspot:
    Black and gray color our Civil War memories, but black cottons were not reliable until the 1880s and '90s. You may want to use black cotton prints to add a symbolic somber tone, but the black fabrics of the Civil War years were silk and wool.

    Okay off to get started with the patterns and looking for fabrics!

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    Just looking at the Double T block--could you make 8 small FG blocks instead of the HST's?
    First block with HST's. Second block using FG + square within a square as the very center block.
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    Here I am !! Here I am !!!

    Will have to dig some more for the Civil War fabrics
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    Never got a PM that it was open , sorry but I did get it stickied so hopefully we will get more here
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    Quote Originally Posted by islandwiz1 View Post
    Deb, I am in. Looking at my fabrics now. Where is everybody still on the other site?
    Quilter Momma, Sheri where are you????????????????
    WoW. I've been waiting and waiting and JUST found it!!! Of course I'm in! Sending PM :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Just looking at the Double T block--could you make 8 small FG blocks instead of the HST's?
    First block with HST's. Second block using FG + square within a square as the very center block.
    When I first saw deb's block I thought it was FG. Looks like either would work. Personally, I'm leaning toward HSTs.
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    As long as you make the FG the correct size - that would work as well. Thanks for the sticky Sharon - we are up to 6 already - on the first day of posting! I am hoping this will be a very popular swap.
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    I was just tooling through the threads and this one jumped out at me! I LOVE the muted fabrics and the blocks are clever...some simple and one enough of a challenge to keep you on your toes. It's been a while since I've done some traditional piecing. I may even paper piece the Double T to get accuracy. Some Thimbleberries fabrics also work well with civil war prints. I would love to join you gals in this swap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by islandwiz1 View Post
    Deb, I am in. Looking at my fabrics now. Where is everybody still on the other site?
    Quilter Momma, Sheri where are you????????????????
    Oh I am here, was just quilting on longarm all weekend so did not even look at any notifications at all. Then my lovely DD organized all my threads, fabrics, and UFOs so was busy with that. She was such a little dear. One customer quilt took me 15 hours to custom quilt. Will post a photo to drool over in the pics. Turned out very pretty, one of those quilts that the quilting made the quilt shine.

    So much for that, I am in for sure. I have printed out the patterns, thanks Annaquilts for posting the links, it helped me so I don't get side tracked.

    So we are to only send in 12 blocks, for of each pattern, in CW fabric only, muted tones of the era. Will do. I think a trip to the fabric store just to buy a certain kind I saw the other day if I can't find enough in my stash of the same colors. I want to be sure and keep with the theme. i know I have enough of the cream, but after seeing your gorgeous fabrics Deb, I may want to rethink my color scheme.
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    The hardest part of this swap is staying focused on my UFOs. I want to finish this whole quilt.
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