A project I’ve had my eye on doing is from a book called “The Blue and the Gray” written by Mary Etherington & Connie Tesene. I really like several of the little quilts in this book, but I love the quilt on the front cover, called Civil Unrest.
Since I was going to Florida, I prepared 216 flying geese units to make using the Studio 180, Wing Clipper. I got them all sewn and trimmed up! I was so very pleased about that! Those are not fun to make, but a great tedious job for me when retreating. Oh happy dance!
Next up was to make 45, 9-patches and 16, 2-inch square-in-a-square blocks. That sure seemed like that was easy enough, so I thought I’d get this little quilt knocked out in no time.
It seems like I have a pattern going lately, changing up patterns. Sometimes it is completely unintentional! That’s a fancy way to say, I messed up and decided to make do with what I made. I got all of my components done and it wasn’t until I was laying it out, that I realized I had MESSED UP! That is exactly what I did on my geese; I had put my color on the outside instead of on the inside. Oh no!!! It was dark on dark, and it seemed too dark!
Now how do I work around that! I did NOT want to remake 216 flying geese, they finish at 1-inch by 2-inches! I auditioned framing the blocks, and I even made 45 light 9-patches (color on the inside) thinking I would like that better but then it was too light! I changed out the alternating plain blocks from dark to shirtings. I don’t think I’ve ripped out so much on a top in a long time.
After a lot of auditioning, I finally came up with something I liked and finally got it finished! I’m really glad that this is only a small quilt. I also thought it was ironic name of this little quilt. I think mine is going to be called “Civil Unrest to the Test”!
I decided to put on a small outer border to frame up those geese!
I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads.
Love and hugs,