Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 61, 62, 63, 64 and 65/121

Hello again,

Here’s another five blocks from the Loyal Union Sampler by Jennifer Chiaverini.

I’m very excited about the first block as it marks the half way point in the construction of all the blocks. It’s called Kentucky Crossroads and what a test of patience it was!

F-6 Kentucky Crossroads

This one is Ladies Aid Block. Quite straightforward to make and definitely one to remember for future projects.

F-7 Ladies Aid Block

Third is Libby Prison. It’s a bit like Churn Dash.

F-8 Libby Prison

The next one is Lincoln. I love this one!

F-9 Lincoln

Finally, Lost Children.

F-10 Lost Children 

This is where I’m up to now.

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Only one more needed to complete row 6. Not quite on the home straight yet but I’m feeling like I’m getting there. I’m trying to stay motivated enough to make five blocks every week. Kentucky Crossroads didn’t leave much energy for another four this time. It’s a good job I made it first.

Hopefully, there’ll be another five to show you next week. I’ll try :-).

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Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 20, 21 and 22/121

Hurray! That’s the first two rows finished.

This one is called Combination Star.

B-9 Combination Star

Next up is Connecticut.

B-10 Connecticut (My version)This is actually my own adaptation of the original block design in the Loyal Union Sampler book by Jennifer Chiaverini which shows all 12 pieces meeting at the centre. I suspect the Moda fabric I’m using is just too thick to work with this block. I had several attempts which seemed to be getting progressively worse in appearance. All went well every time until the final seam and then there was nowhere for all the bulk to go. I tried spiralling the seams, opening them and also pressing to one side but that final seam just didn’t want to play and knocked everything gonky. I even trimmed the seams with no luck. If I’d been working with prints it would have probably been OK but these solids are so unforgiving. Hence, the final solution after discussion with Claire was to piece the centre in 4 instead of 12 and it’s worked really well.

I was initially approaching this project as a purist. I’m usually more than happy to change designs and patterns to my liking but I’d set out to follow this one to the letter and I found it so hard to “give in”. Anyway, after looking at several of the other blocks that are still left to do, I found a couple with appliqué and I definitely have no intention of doing appliqué blocks for this quilt. Once I’d made that decision it was easy to change Connecticut.

Finally, to complete the second row, is a block called Constance’s Pride. You can see the virtual quilt so far to the right of the screen.
B-11 Constance's Pride

Do you ever change designs? Maybe use patterns just as inspiration and then go off on a tangent? I suppose if we do change things it means our projects will be unique.

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