I had a little collection of nine-patch blocks made from Civil War-era reproduction fabrics. I pulled them together into a quilt that made me totally happy for many reasons.
First, I love the brown in there – gives the quilt some depth and makes it not just “Christmas-y.”
Second, my in-laws live in Frederick, Maryland – right in the middle of Civil War battlefields and memorials, so a Civil War-inspired quilt seems fitting.
Third, whenever I think of Civil War and Christmas put together, I think of Little Women. I LOVE that book and the 1994 movie too. (Makes me cry every time.) Well, the first time I met my husband’s family (when we were dating) my then-future-husband’s younger brother kept pointing to my hair (which was long at the time) and talking about “Little Homen”. His mom immediately cracked-up and explained that he loved Little Women and we had a great bonding moment over that movie. I took it as a sign right away that I would really like this family. And I was right. We had a great time with them here over Thanksgiving and I was able to give them the quilt then. And I will happily add that it was joyously received.Yay!
I also love that this quilt came entirely from the stash. I think the binding fabric may be my favorite of all.
And now, here we are almost half-way through December. I can’t believe how fast this month is flying by. I keep trying to stop and savor the season. It’s kind of not fair that as a kid, December seems interminable and Christmas takes forever to come, but as an adult the month passes too quickly. WAY too quickly.