What a Cutie!

By Judith
 on October 29, 2011
Earlier this year I was commissioned to make a cot quilt, and yesterday I received some wonderful pics via email:
Isn't he a cutie?  Joshua was born earlier this year, but the quilt was made before he was born.
His mum has told me that he loves looking at the Farmyard pictures and playing on his quilt.  It was such a treat to receive these lovely photos, and to see my quilt being loved and enjoyed.  
Also this week I received some items I'd ordered to help me hatch a plan!
My Dad will be 70 in February, he is a creative person (it was his mum who started me on her old Singer Treadle machine) and has always appreciated my quilts.
But aren't men so hard to make for?
The old grey matter has been working over time, and I've come up with an idea!  Because my dad has always been interested in military history, particularly the American Civil war, I thought for the front of the quilt I'd make some blocks from this book:
This book is similar to the Farmer's Wife Book, where actual diary extracts are included alongside blocks, by women who experienced first hand both sides of the civil war in the 1860's.
And for the back of the quilt, I'm going to ask all my siblings, their partners and children to write messages with fabric pens, which I will sew together & make into the quilt back.
Need to post some of these to the English  relatives!
My only problem is sourcing some civil war type fabric - which of course is readily available in the States, but not so much here.  
I'm after some muted reds, blues, tans and creams but don't want to get slammed extra for customs, so any advice anyone can give me here would be gratefully appreciated.

Hope you've all had a relaxing weekend so far!

Judith xo

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