If you follow me on Instagram (@thousandneedles) you saw all these pictures already. But I wanted to go into full detail while I still have all the details… I’ll prepare a project page for future reference at some point.
Red/Salmon (Medium): Doodle Box Red, Cori Dantini by blend – The Adventurers
Turquoise Blue (Dark): The fabric line is not on the selvage. Also, the front looks exactly like the back. I hope when all is said and done, you won’t be able to tell.
Also, I am planning on using other fabrics as I go through each block but I’ll be starting with these three for now. I am also planning on staying within the colorways.
I’ve had the book Civil War Diary Quilt by Rosemary Youngs since the rage a few years ago. But didn’t make the quilt for one reason or another. I decided one morning that I wanted to start. I’d been thinking about modern quilts and traditional quilts and I grapple between the two. I have not made a “modern” quilt as I’ve been trying to finish up some things over the last few years and the urge to stop what I was working on to work on other things was kept at bay. Now, my sewjo has left me again and the old tactics I’ve used in the past to get it back are simply not working. I think it’s time I start something new. And how fun it would be to create this traditional quilt normally created with civil war reproduction fabrics in my current 2 favorite colorways. Actually salmon/pink is my color and somehow this red took over. I plan to put more salmon/pink in the quilt to reduce the red effect. I love how the turquoise blue looks with the salmon.
The intro of the book provide instructions on how to do the blocks by hand with templates and foundation piecing. It seemed overly complicated to me. So I purchased the Civil War Diary add on from Rosemary Young for EQ7. I have EQ7 but I’m not proficient in it and very rarely use it. I bought it because I knew I would use it for this book, Dear Jane, and other quilts I want to make in the future. Since this is the first real project I’m using EQ7 I’m struggling. Any pointers would be much appreciated. I was able to get the Civil War Diary blocks into EQ7. The blocks are not in the same order as they are in the book and there isn’t a way to search for them. If you know of a way to search, please let me now. For now, I have to scroll through all 121 blocks and examine them closely to see if it resembled the first block. Of course, the first block in the book was the last block in the program. I’m rearranging them as I find them so that the first block is really first in my block library for this project. To be fair, I haven’t taken any of the tutorials for the program. I do plan on taking them one of these days to help me get my bearings.
I figured out how to print the block with “rotary cutter” instructions. It’s kind of helpful in that it gives me the measurements of what to cut. But it’s not completely intuitive. For example, the first block finished looks like this:
There are 12 HSTs in this block. EQ7 provided the measurement for the HST. But I like to do my HSTs where you cut the squares, draw a diagonal line and with right sides together, sew a quarter inch on each side of that diagonal line, cut on the diagonal line and that will provide me with 2 HSTs. The problem? I didn’t know how big to cut my squares so that the HST would finish at 1-3/4″ I basically cut them big (2.5″ squares) and trimmed the HSTs down to 1-3/4″.
In addition, there are 8 pieces that use the tri-recs ruler. Again, the program gave measurements of cutting the fabric along with the degree of the angles. That’s way too complicated but I guess if you didn’t have a tri-recs ruler, that would be the way to get these shapes. I don’t know. I’ve had the tri-recs ruler for so long I don’t remember ever making these without them. Or how to do it without them. I wonder if there is a way to tell EQ7 what rulers I have so that instead of giving me the measurements, they tell me where to cut the tri-recs at. I cut them at 2″ and once the little pieces were put together, trimmed them down to 1-3/4″ again.
Block #1 – Alarming Conditions
I generally try not to work with directional fabrics and I didn’t realize I had purchased it in this case. I normally don’t care or pay attention to them. But this time around, I feel like paying attention to them. It takes longer and some fussy cutting but I am enjoying to process right now.
As much as I love the finished block, I wanted to point out that back. A lot of times, people do not show the back of the blocks. I really paid attention to my pressing as there would have been a lot of bulky seams where the points met. In the places that were extremely bulky, I went to the back and spun the seams. Is that what it is called? I learned this from Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt-a-longs each year. The block lays pretty flat and I’m happy to have the first one done!