See? I'm getting there.
I also spent a good deal of time yesterday IDing all the units that go with each flag or guidon and digging up links to more information on each. Basically, putting all the research I had done in one place. I was putting everything directly into my FlickR photo album, which seemed like a great idea. Saving as I worked would have been an even better idea... and, oh, let's just say I lost it all and had to start over and really felt like my head was going to explode. A good reminder to save as you go - and it did remind me of the "old" joke about "Jesus vs. Satan":
Jesus and Satan have an argument as to who is the better programmer. This goes on for a few hours until they agree to hold a contest with God as the judge.
Love that one. Anyway, I'll post all the blocks tomorrow. In the meantime, let me field a few questions! I do save all the questions (there's that word again...) and will eventually answer them all! My friend Patty asked in part, "What are the layers of a quilt? What is the batting made of? How thick is the quilt and are all quilts about the same thickness? Did you decide not to tea dye the quilt or was that a passing fancy?..."
The layers are the backing (in this case, a lovely quilt-weight cotton), the batting, and the top (what I've been sewing together). My preference for batting, unless I'm making something I'd like to be poufy (like a dog bed or perhaps a throw for a baby) is to use cotton. It has a low-loft to it (loft being "thickness" - or pouf, if you will ☺) and is a joy to quilt through - be it by hand or machine.
See how thin that is? Just to the right of my thumb are threads hanging down. That should give you a good idea of the scale.
Check out the batting:
It is 100% cotton with the thinnest of the thin polyester scrim to it. That scrim basically helps bind the cotton together and means you don't have to quilt it every inch - you can space your quilting lines/design 4" or more apart and not have it fall apart when you wash it. And wash it, I will, once it has been bound. The batting will shrink a tiny bit - and will add the loveliest antique feel to the quilt! You'll see! If I had to give you a thickness to the quilt ... I'd guess 1/8". Maybe.
All quilts are not the same thickness! Batting comes in many different "lofts" (thicknesses) and is made from all sorts of things - right now, cotton or polyester are probably the most popular choices on the market. It also comes in wool, bamboo, and there is even an eco-friendly batting made from recycled soda bottles. I'm fairly certain they didn't have that one available during the 19th century. Ha ha ha. ... or the polyester ... or the bamboo. They certainly had wool or cotton available.
Here's a trivia question for you: you see two antique quilts made around the time of the Civil War. Knowing nothing more about them, you see that one is thicker than the other. Where would that thicker quilt most likely be from - the north or the south?
When I first got into the whole realm of Civil War quilts, I guessed "the north". It's colder in the north, they'd need that extra loft to keep warm! Right? (insert buzzer sound here) Not right! The fluffier, thicker quilts were actually usually from the South! Then it hit me - they had the cotton. ☺ See... NOW it makes sense, right? That's your Fun Fact of the Day.
The tea dying! I keep thinking about it. I'm very tempted, but my husband voted against it and I think I'm being swayed in that direction. Basically, and I
And here's something I probably should have posted at the very beginning of this project - the fabric that started it all:
Yes, of course I bought more than one panel! This is the "spare". You know ... in case I REALLY messed up or if I couldn't get all the flags cut out of one panel. I have no immediate plans for this extra fabric.
That's it for today! Thank you so much for comments, questions and for reading!