Current Project: Old Fashioned “Friendship” Style Quilt

I’m wanting to start a new series on the blog for all the current projects I have going on. The big sewing related project I have at the moment is an old fashioned friendship style quilt for American Civil War reenactments. I’ve been wanting an old fashioned looking quilt for both my home and for events, and my Mum came up with an amazing idea for the quilt.

One day after I told her that I was going to make my own quilt she started telling me about friendship quilts and that she had an idea for my quilt. She came up with the idea of embroidering all the events I’ve gone to and all the events I will go to on all the quilt blocks. The quilt will keep me warm and it’s a way to remember what events I’ve been to and where they were located.

So that’s what I’m going to do! After the quilt is made of course. I’ve been working on and off on this quilt since either the end of 2017 or the beginning of last year…..I can’t remember which one exactly. I’ve decided that this is the year that I finish the quilt and my deadline for the quilt is before an event in November. I can totally finish it before then, but you know things happen, haha.

At the moment I have eight completely finished quilt blocks with borders, and about seven or eight on their way to be completely finished. I’ve sewed the majority of the quilt blocks by hand off and on and that’s what took me the longest to do. I quickly became bored and tired of sewing the blocks by hand, which is why I’m sewing the borders on the blocks with the sewing machine!

The above blocks are called ‘Calico Puzzle’ and the one below is called ‘Log Cabin.’

The next two blocks are called ‘Kentucky Crossroads.’

For the life of me I can’t remember what the above three blocks are called at the moment. I’ll have to look into that later on. I’m hoping that by the end of May I’ll have all the blocks with their completed borders sewn on! Then I can start piecing them all together! What projects are you currently working on?

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Civil War Weekend @ OWHSP 2018

Hello friends and hello first post of 2019! I hope your New Year has been off to a great start! I took quite a long break from blogging, but I promise that this year I’m getting back into blogging on the regular. That’s one of my goals for this year. (;

Last November I volunteered at Old Washington Historic State Park for the annual Civil War Weekend event. I volunteered in the 1836 courthouse. During the Civil War the city of Washington became the capital for the Confederacy. The courthouse was also used as a schoolhouse for many years, and in one of the rooms upstairs it is still used to demonstrate a one room schoolhouse. I spent most of my time up there giving tours and lessons from the 1850’s. The school children loved getting a 19th Century school lesson!

Upstairs in the 1836 courthouse
Inside the school room
A sweet little girl drew this for me after her “lesson’ (:

I posted the above photo on Facebook, and one of the ladies I know commented on the post and told me that the Ladies Auxiliary met at the 1836 courthouse during the 19th Century to work on sewing projects. I found that so fascinating that the next day I brought some material and cut out a new 1860’s cotton day dress!

A 19th Century selfie
Some of us ladies after the battle on Sunday

It was another lovely weekend for the event and I enjoyed every minute of it!

1860 Wrapper Progress

I worked all this past weekend so on Saturday I took the wrapper pattern and pieces to work. I hand stitched the bodice together and the cuffs to the cuff linings. I forgot how long it takes me to hand stitch anything, but it was nice to have something to do to keep me occupied!

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Front of the bodice.

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Back of the bodice.

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And the cuffs!

I’m happy with the progress that I’ve made so far and hopefully I’ll have more to show you later this week!