Friday, January 11, 2013

civil war quilt

I made this quilt for my sister & brother-in-law for Christmas & for my sister's birthday, which is 2 weeks after Christmas.  We don't exchange gifts for Christmas or birthdays, so I really made it just because I love them.  (Don't worry Mom & Dad, you are getting quilts someday.)

I didn't take any pictures of the "process" of making this quilt because there wasn't much to show.  I made this quilt top in about 2 hours!  The center fabric is a "cheater" fabric - also known as wholecloth fabric.  I did piece the cheater fabric just a bit in order to make it wider than 44".  Then, all I had to do was cut & join my border fabrics & add them to the sides.

I quilted this on the long arm at my LQS.  I used a simple crosshatch in every other square for the center fabric.  The inner border was quilted with a simple wavy pattern.  For the outer border, I did meander quilting.  It is really fun to do meander quilting on a long arm!

Someday I would like to make my sister & brother-in-law this Civil War tumbler quiltThe kit is for sale at my LQS.  (I don't know if I should even tell you that - I don't want them to sell out before I purchase mine!)  It is a really beautiful quilt. I just didn't have time to piece it before Christmas, plus I already had the cheater fabric, so I thought I should use it.  I do like the quilt I made, just not quite as well as the tumbler quilt.  ;)

For the backing I used a green Civil War wide back, also from my LQS.  I used the leftover backing for the binding. 

Quilt Stats:
 Fabric:  Marcus Fabrics Civil War wholecloth fabric (I forgot to get the exact name)
                Batting - Warm & Natural
                Backing & Binding - green Civil War wide back
Pattern: pieced the wholecloth fabric to make it a bit wider, then added borders
Dimensions: 64" x 70"
Started quilt top: December 17th, 2012
Finished quilt top: December 17th, 2012
Quilted: on long arm at Quilt-N-Kaboodle by me
Made for: my sister & brother-in-law for Christmas & my sister's birthday


Linking up to Finish It Up Friday hosted by Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts.
Linking up to Confessions Of A Fabric Addict.
Linking up to Richard & Tanya Quilts.
Linking up to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday hosted by From Blank Pages.
Linking up to The Free Motion Quilting Project.


  1. Visiting from Finish It Up Friday -- this turned out just lovely!

  2. I love straight forward patchwork and your FMQing gave it just the right touch.

  3. Beautiful quilt, Valerie! Whoop whoop!!