a project as large as this quilt, I found I had to take some
"time out" for other projects and crafts. One of
these was a square pillow sham which I used to test some of
the quilting strategies.
the bigger quilt, this one is hand pieced and hand quilted.
The fabric border (which is largely in shadow) is a dark blue
plaid homespun. The focus fabrics in the blocks are "Civil
War era" reproductions including some "From the
careful to prewash these fabrics because even though I did,
once, the center and top left bled into the muslin. Eventually,
from suggestions from the Dear Jane list, I was able to get
the excess dye out of the muslin and set it so it (hopefully)
won't run again!)
Celtic knotwork I used as a quilting design was adapted from
a book on Celtic calligraphic decoration (calligraphy and
illumination being yet another one of my "several useless