Last February, I posted that I was embarking on a journey into the unknown: a BOM. It was the Civil War Tribute quilt. I thought it was somewhat ambitious for my skill level, but jumped in anyway. Later that month, I posted about the Fort Sumpter Block I'd completed. I felt purdy darned proud of myself. Piece o' cake!
I kept up with the monthly blocks for a while, but somewhere along about July my interest waned. As Forrest Gump says: "stuff happens". I continued to pick up the monthly blocks, and even went to a few meetings, but all those monthly packages just got put on the back burner.
Now it's a new year. It dawned on me that I had quite a bit on money invested in those monthly packages. Besides, there was another, new and improved Civil War BOM out there that I wanted to do, and I could not -- COULD NOT -- justify starting that one until I'd at least made a honest attempt to finish this one. So here I am, picking things up at Month 7, the block commemorating the Siege of Vicksburg*.
It's a very nifty block, actually called Barrister's Block. And the niftiness keeps me going. My goal is to get all 8 finished before I go on my quilting retreat this weekend, when I'll be moving on to months 8 & 9, the Battle of Gettyburg and the Chickamauga Campaign. Hopefully Month 10 will not be The Surrender of Pat.
* How is this for a coincidence: my friend Nancy just finished her latest creation, using CW fabrics. She named it Vicksburg, and it is quite lovely.