Sunday, February 20, 2011


Let’s get the important part done first.  The winner of the paperback book, The Diary of Mattie Spenser, is #12, SheilaSheila, if you will will contact me by email and provide your mailing address, I will send it right on to you.  Thanks to all who left comments.

I look so forward to Saturdays to discover the next Brackman Civil War Quilt 2011 block of the week and the history she reveals.  Block No. 8 is Cotton Boll.  The examples were made with stripes which inspired me to do the same.  However, the stripe fabric I had in my “Resource Center,” also known to most quilters as “stash,” that went with my red, cream and blue scheme was too white.  No problem, I stuck part of the fat quarter into tea left over from the night before and left it in for about an hour.  Once rinsed and ironed, it matched the star background cream color perfectly.

8 Cotton Boll

The stripes are not lined up perfectly, but I’m still satisfied because I was sure I wouldn’t even get as close as I did. 

By the way, for those of you who have never seen or don't know what is a "cotton boll," here's a photograph courtesy of Microsoft ClipArt.

If you haven’t done so yet, go to the Civil War Quilt 2011 photo group by clicking here.  You can see all the wonderful blocks made in so many different fabrics by so many different people, it will blow you away.

Gotta run now.


  1. You did a great job, love the fabrics you used, they make quite a statement. I have just finished mine and will post on flickr and blog soon!!

  2. Isn't tea great? Love your block, I have not made mine yet, but I like the stripes, so I think that is what I will use. Have a great week!

  3. Loved your block when I saw it in the flickr group. Your stripes match better than mine. I didn't fussy cut, conserved fabric and *almost* came out matching. LOL.


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