I’ve got two blocks to show you today. Earlier in the week, I finished the 6” block called “Southern Notes” for the Civil War Diary quilt.
Many fewer pieces than the last CWD block I made, called "Alarming Conditions" because of the alarming condition it caused when one triangle was the wrong fabric!
Today, I made the No. 9 block, “Birds in the Air” from Brackman’s 2011 Civil War quilt using my red, cream and blue color scheme. However, the red was too bright so I sprayed it with a product called “Distress It” that makes it appear darker in color (like tea staining) so it would look more antique.
I kept sewing the smaller half-square triangles in the wrong direction but finally got it laid out right. Otherwise, it was an easy peasy block.
"Distress It" antiquing spray is an interesting product. I first saw it mentioned in Quilter's Home Magazine a couple of years ago. Can't remember where I ordered it -- several brain cells have died since then, but here is a before and after photograph. Before is the top triangle.
After is the bottom triangle. It is a subtle change but if I wanted it darker, I would spray it again after the first time dried.
Went out tonight for a Tex-Mex dinner with my family to celebrate my mother’s 79th birthday. She doesn’t look or act 79 – she’s a very young 79 and we love her. She loves flowers and birds, so this vintage card is in her honor.
Image from graphicsfairy.com
And sew it goes,