Monday, December 26, 2011

Ok Y'all....

Christmas is over and it's time to move on.
Easy for me to say, I didn't decorate a thing...
wait, I did put a wreath on the door.  It's down now though.
I think all the presents and boxes all have a home now and out of the
living room floor.

I got a gift certificate to Amazon and below is one of my purchases....
I'll need your help on this one.
I've googled and googled and used all I can.
I didn't find what I wanted to know.
I even left a few comments on several blogs and NO ONE got back to me.

My questions, and actually I thought once I get the book it might even
answer these questions for me.
Maybe I should wait and see.
Oh heck, let's go ahead.

**Do you use your scraps with these blocks?
**I know there are 111 blocks, how do you know how much fabric you use if you decide not to use scraps?
**Would you use one line of fabric?
**Or would you mix it up?
**I've seen examples of very modern fabric and for some reason I was thinking you would use Civil war era prints or something reproduced?

Any help you all can provide is much appreciated.


  1. You can use scraps or yardage with this quilt. I purchased a Ruby FQ bundle and am adding bits and pieces including solids. In terms of fabric required, generally a quilt of this size would need about 8 yards but there are lots of seams. Some blocks are best suited to paper piecing which takes a bit more fabric. I've heard 10-12 yards. Your mileage may vary.

    This quilt looks wonderful whether you use modern or more traditional fabrics. I also love both the scrappy blocks and the blocks that come from one line of fabric. What I've seen is that the more blocks you've made, the more the blocks look like they belong together even if after making 10 or so blocks you thought they'd never work.

    Most of what I've learned about this quilt has come from the Yahoo group. There is also a Facebook group and a Flickr group. I find the Flickr group really helpful in terms of fabric inspiration for blocks. The Yahoo group has a lot of paper piecing templates as well as photos.

    Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do!

  2. I have been following
    as the "Empress of the Universe" works through the these blocks beautifully :D

  3. Hmmm...I have seen various bloggers working on this and that quilt is scary to me.
    All I can say is that "that farmer's wife" must have been childless!

  4. I'm not working on this myself, but have a Mary Jane quilt going that is a similar experience. To me they are 'heritage' blocks that follow a heritage piecing. I have gone scrappy, as I feel these women would be using what fabrics they had on hand at the time - and fabric was scarce. As on the cover, you can see they are all different fabrics and the solid sashing and corner stone setting really ties them all in together.

  5. I have this book and have been collecting 30s reproduction fabrics to use to make it. I've delayed starting it until January because I want to finish the Civil War quilt along first before I start anything else.

  6. I'm thinking about this one now that CW blocks are finished. I have so much CW fabric left that I would use that. Is there a weekly quilt-along for FW or are you on your own time frame? Help, I need structure to keep me motivated!

  7. I have this book too. I plan on collecting some 30s reproduction material (when on sale), and the rest will be scraps I have on hand. I probably won't start this one until the summer when I'm not making charity quilts. I can't wait though, should be fun to do.

  8. WOW - I have seen this book in blog land and am impressed by everyone that I have seen attempting to work from it! Best wishes and hope you have fun with it! I think I would use traditional fabrics like those from Minick & Simpson. Just my two cents! Hope you show us your progress as you go along :)

  9. I havn't worked on this quilt, but I have done a "Dear Jane" quilt. I used civil war fabrics. I have seen it done in reds, blues, and in batiques. I have also seen one done in Kaffe Fasett(sp?) fabrics. All are good. I would only work on 1 or 2 blocks at a time. Then work on somehting else, then go back to these blocks.
    Go with what you like. Have fun.

  10. I started this quilt and am using a fat quarter bundle and plan on mixing some scraps in it. You can use anything you want. I've seen some modern prints,and some Christmas fabrics. Just have fun.

  11. I have this book and plan on making this quilt in 2012. I plan on using Civil War fabric. I've seen in in CW and it is beautiful but I've also seen it scrappy and it's wonderful too. I would think it would take 10-12 yards of fabric for this but that's just a guess. Have fun!

  12. Hi Tonya, sorry I don't have any information on the quilt, it is a beautiful design. You have a wonderful eye for picking fabrics, I know it will be really special when you get it all together. I hope you find all the information you need soon and have a lovely afternoon! Delisa :)

  13. There are a couple of yahoo groups that really discuss this and other popular quilt block books in detail.


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