Saturday, May 3, 2008

My Choice

I chose to spend my day making Civil War Diaries blocks - sort of by default, actually. Since I'd chosen fabric for one block several days ago, and it was sitting on my cutting table, I decided to make at least a one blocks so I could put that fabric away. As it turned out I made three blocks, and they took me most all the day, so I didn't get anything else quilty accomplished. That's OK - it's not a race!

The first block is "Sad and Lonely Days" - easy because it's just half square triangle squares. I press the diagonal seam open on little squares like these as it makes the block lie flatter.

The second block is "Hateful Old Thieves". I paper pieced the center then rotary cut the rest of the block.
The last block is the first one in the book, "Alarming Conditions". Paper pieced and not at all fun. I had to take out a couple seams which made one of the foundations separate a bit so one of the points is off. I've decided it's good enough for me because I sure don't want to make this one again!

I did take time to run to Rebecca's and Rick's during Joseph's afternoon nap so Rebecca could help me tighten up the baby seat in our CRV. She also helped me figure out how to make some changes to my blog I've been wanting to make. I really like how it turned out!

14 comments:

Carin said...

Beautiful blocks!

Tazzie said...

The blog looks great Patti, I love the picture in the header.
Your blocks are just wonderful. Every time I see them, it's all I can do not to start my own. Your colours are just wonderful.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Karen said...

Your blog looks so pretty; just really love the header quilt. Your CW blocks are so lovely, esp. the irksome one. How large are the CWs anyway?

Lynda said...

It's always good making lots of different blocks and these have turned out superbly.

Carol said...

Love those blocks and your new blog look is wonderful!

The Calico Cat said...

I press the diagonal seam open on little squares like these as it makes the block lie flatter.

Now you say something... I just did the same "block" as a doll quilt. I have to press the heck out of mine...

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new blog look. Your CW blocks continue to be awesome. Mine are at a standstill but my fingers are itching. Thanks for the mini-tutorial of how you assembled the blocks. That is helpful and encouraging. Smiles. Ardis

Silverthimble said...

The changes to your blog turned out really nice!

Judy said...

Love the blocks. Yours always look so perfect. Even when you think they aren't!! Loving the new look on the blog too.

Karen said...

I stopped by for a peek at your Civil War blocks. Good job. Aren't they fun to make. Well, sometimes one will be a real bear to make but most have been interesting and fun to make.

Judy said...

Oh Patti, they look wonderful.
Every one who has made "Alarming Conditions" says the same thing...Whew! it's done!

Good job!

Lissa Jane said...

Patti
I am loving your CWD blocks, I just started CWLL I am up to block 7 and enjoying it.. I plan on doing 5 a week, if I do more, OK, if not, like you said its not a race!


Lissa

Lily Boot said...

mmmm... I've been admiring the lovely quilt in your new header - and I like your signature too! The blocks are looking very fine - so fiddly and complicated!

Joan said...

These are beautiful! My mom did quilting and we have some wonderful heirloom quilts that she made for us.