Saturday, March 19, 2011

One Step at a Time

I am amazed that our Civil War Quilts group is in its 12th week already. How time flies. 
Barbara uploads the block of the week on Saturday mornings and most weeks I have been at my machine before 9 a.m. I love the discipline of sitting down to sew early each week.  It sets the tone for the day.  

This week the block was Louisiana. It was first published in Hearth and Home about a hundred years ago. 

I have discovered that it is a bit difficult to choose the right fabrics for my blocks. It usually takes longer than cutting and sewing them.  Because the daffodils and crocus are blooming here in Brooklyn, I knew I wanted to use yellow and purple. I laid out the fabrics I was considering and looked at them through the camera in black and white.  I could instantly see what to eliminate.  I thought that the small scale dark print would work for the background and that there would be enough contrast between the yellow and floral print for the flying geese.     
I like this one a lot.   

I said to a friend the other day that if a certain task felt overwhelming she might think about laying an imaginary grid over it and only allowing herself to work on it in ten foot squares at a time. Sort of like how I approach beginning a new hand quilting project.  I think I should listen to my own advice and tackle the garden now.  There are still leaves from last fall to be raked.
Look what was hiding
I think I'll prune a bit tomorrow.


  1. Your block looks great. Really nice fabric choice. What a terrific idea with the black & white photo to get the right perspective. I know what you mean about the selection process taking longer than the actual construction!

    Hope you enjoyed your time in the garden.

  2. Barb - your Saturday morning discipline is an inspiration to me; maybe that's what I need to do in order to get back to my quilting....make the quilting time come BEFORE the work time.

    Such a nice way to start the week, reading your blog.