I particularly want to follow this QAL because of my interest in quilt history: it's a great way to learn about the fabrics of the civil war period, the colours and styles popular at the time. Each week we make the same star pattern but in a different reproduction fabric with a 'lesson' about that specific colour or style of fabric.
So far we have covered Turkey Red (in an earlier blog post I mentioned that my grandparents worked in the Turkey Red dyeworks in the the Vale of Leven, Scotland)
Prussian Blue: one of the first synthetic pigments, a mineral colourant discovered c. 1706 in Germany and used by artists in the 18th century, it became a cheaper alternative to indigo in colouring textiles in the first half of the 19th century. Found in American quilts from 1830s to mid 1850s.
And Shirting Prints: the blue on white in the Prussian Blue block above is a classic shirting print, as is the the central square below, and the backround fabric.
One of the fun challenges of this QAL is finding reproduction fabrics in my stash that will match the block of the week. It's also a great stash builder and a wonderful way of learning about quilt history and historic textiles.
The pattern for the block can be found here on Barbara's Civil War Quilts blog where you will also discover a wealth of information and resources on quilts and textiles of that era as well as some amazing stories about the men, women and families who lived through the American Civil War.
I will be posting more blocks from the QAL as I finish them.