Marching Along

Saturday, April 02, 2011 3 Comments »
There is light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm almost ready to tackle the block for Month #11 of the Civil War Tribute quilt, and it hasn't been easy going.  After Month #7 (Vicksburg), which was the set of 8 blocks containing 468 HSTs, Month  #8 was more or less a piece of cake.  This one commemorates the Battle of Gettysburg, and is a variation of a Hearth & Home block.  The requirement was four 12" (finished) blocks.

The blocks for months 9 & 10 were the blocks that caused a personal meltdown at our March retreat.   I was frustrated, to put it mildly.  The wonderful woman who lead our BOM class, Gina Gempesaw, was kind enough to send me a couple of tutorials that made all the difference.  The blocks were still buggers to make.  Although I am not an expert, I can now handle Y seams, partial seaming and a center, set-in square.  Phew!

Month #9, commemorating the Chickamauga Campaign, and based on a Forget Me Not block.  There's a 12" (finished) block & one that finishes at 18"

And in remembrance of the Battle of the Wilderness, Month #10, with one 12" and one 18" block based on the Whirligig pattern. 

It looks as though I am homeward bound on this quilt.  I still need to do the large center medallion (month 11) and the border (month 12).  I haven't counted the HSTs needed for both of those, but have a feeling that they make the Vicksburg block look like child's play.  The $20 I spent on this Triangle Magic program is one of the best investments I've made.  If you do a lot of repetitive HSTs, you might want to check it out.

Back to battles!


Denise in PA said...

Hi Pat, Wow, I'm impressed - and I understand the angst! Your blocks look great. That Triangle Magic looks very similar to the Triangulations software I just bought. Haven't used it yet. I've taken a few classes with Gina at CQS - is she teaching somewhere now?

Maria said...

What an impressive project you've set yourself Pat!!!

Kimberly said...

Really terrific, Pat! I can't wait to see the whole quilt -- it will be spectacular!