Friday, 3 August 2012

Top Done

Finished the Civil War top five minutes ago.  Took more photos of progress than I usually do but they helped me make decisions about the fabric for the two dark borders.  None of these photos truly represent the colours but I was in a hurry to get the post done.  One of the background fabrics will be the backing and the sashing fabric will be the binding.  I also have fabric photos of the signing of the peace agreement at Appamattox Courthouse,  Lincoln, Grant and some pennants, banners and flags that I can fussy cut and applique on the back.  I was going to put something of this collection on each corner  square of the pieced border but decided it would not look right but I do want to use the historical stuff on the back to support the commemoration of all those who died.  I'm not American but have read and watched so much about the Civil War that I think the 150 year celebration ought to be marked.  I just love history.

Here's the first border.

Here's the pieced border done.

And the finished top with second purple border.

I've got some cotton batting for this quilt - never used it before but that will be interesting.

Still doing the Dresden Plate blocks for our group's friendship quilt (to be finished by Christmas, so no panic), finishing the teacup embroidery and itching to piece a scrappy star quilt that I've found a pattern for, one of those where the stars are made by the sashing.  At least, I think that's my next one - I'm being magnetically attracted by another with a very complicated pieced and embroidered centrepiece.  Should it be a quick one like the one above or should I make life hard?