Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Dear Jane, Civil War and April Fool's Giveaway

I was fortunate to spend the past weekend in Lancaster, PA enjoying the 21st Quilters' Heritage Celebration. During the past 21 years over 8,000 quilts have been display with only a select few being displayed more than once -- a tidbit I found interesting. In addition to the vendors at the show, there is a group of 'renegade' vendors in the building across the street -- kind of a two for one deal. The quilts on display were varied, traditional to art including some clothing. One of my favorites was a Dear Baby Jane done in 30's reproductions and solid pastels which were used for the backgrounds and triangles in the border. I was inspired to piece two of my own Dear Baby Jane blocks on Sunday. It has been awhile since I have hand pieced. After the first block I was back in the groove and able to make my stitches a reasonable size. Not quite small enough but that will come with more practice.

Building on the inspiration of the quilt show and the new civil war fabrics I purchased, I pieced two more civil war blocks last night. I have a total of 15 blocks completed. So as you can see I am still a bit behind the rest of the group as I believe we are on Week 8 for a total of 56 blocks having been chosen thus far. They are addicting blocks if only I could find the time to piece them :)

Lastly as Caryn mentioned on her blog last Friday, I am giving away one of my Abe Lincoln's to one lucky winner. All you have to do is post a comment stating you would like to be entered in the April Fool's Giveaway by Sunday night. I will pull the lucky winner's name next Monday and post it on my blog.

I will post more about the show and the surrounding Lancaster area throughout the week.


sbonetsue said...

I need to win a Lincoln, I haven't been able to find any of the fabric to purcahse anywhere.
(sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

marywell said...

Who doesn't love Honest Abe. Please enter me.

Anina said...

You've been busy. I love the fabrics you're using for the Dear Jane blocks.

Richelle said...

I am just as behind as you in the civil war blocks - I am just not as prolific as others. Thanks for offering up Abe as a giveaway!

~D Spack~ said...

Please enter my name on the April Fools Giveaway! Thanks! Nice Blog.