Here it is, Barbara Brackman’s 150th Anniversary of the start of the American Civil War quiltalong. Or, at least 42 out of 56 blocks from that quiltalong.
SIDE NOTE: Daughter and Young Son are holding the quilt. Crooked. You can tell they are really different sizes. Just look at the feet.
Anyway, I really appreciate all of you who took the time to consider the alternating block options and give your thoughts on the matter.
Unfortunately, I could only use one of the options. Two things factored into my final decision on this quilt: 1. I thought the dark, when multiplied, would seem to make the lighter pieced sampler blocks sort of float. I am not sure I achieved that effect. It is busier than I anticipated. 2. Husband, who rarely has an opinion, said that he liked the solid sashing more. We have to take those men into consideration occasionally. Also, I was sort of ready to be done with it and the multiple sashing would have been more time. (But, I suppose that isn’t a very good reason.)
I try very hard to be a real person (flaws, fatigue and failures included) on my blog. So far, that has attracted very real readers. People who have opinions and are free to express them. Perhaps I am just lucky, but all of those very real readers, have been nothing but supportive. Not gushy, thank goodness. That would not suit me. But very helpful, encouraging (AND HONEST!). Thank you again for taking the time to read and share your ideas.
So, here it is. For what it is. I will set it aside for a month or so before quilting it. It was intended as a Christmas 2012 present. We’ll see.
In the meantime, on to the next project…