We decided early on to make our second year of MAQ at Gettysburg block of the week to be 12” blocks that would have been used during the Civil War. Now you might not be interested in a Civil War quilt or maybe you made one already. Since we are trying to use historical blocks, we have not asked our teachers to design our blocks. We hope you will still make some of the blocks and create a wall hanging, a tote, or quilt, just something to share on Thursday evening.
The fabric you pick will make all the difference if you have a historical or modern quilt. Reproduction fabrics are available in quilt stores or on line. But first look through your stash. Civil War fabrics were greys, blues, tans, wine reds, a golden yellow, just to name a few. You’ll see small prints, strips and florals.
For a more modern quilt or project use a variety of fabrics. If you love bold colors, go for it. If you have a stash full of 30’s fabrics, use them. Maybe your stash is pastels or jewel tones. Maybe you have an abundance of red, white and blue. Use fabrics you love and you will have a quilt you love.
We do want to make finding instructions easy for all to find and follow. So this year we are using Quilters Cache. This is a website designed and maintained by one woman. We give her a lot of credit for the blocks she has gathered and creating. We have selected 12” star blocks. The names of the blocks will vary from ones you might know, but the blocks are the same. The basic website for Quilters Cache is www.quilterscache.com. As a beginner you can follow directions on Quilters Cache.
If you are a more experienced quilter you might have favorite ways to make blocks like flying geese. Use methods you prefer while completing the star blocks. It’s time to use your Studio 180 rulers, or Quilt in a Day techniques.
Week 1: Square and Points 12″
Do you have photos of your past Block-of-the-Months? Post them to Instagram with the tag #maquilters. Walk down memory lane and showcase your favorites!