This is week 49 of Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Block of the Week commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The block this week is called Yankee Puzzle. As you can see, I’ve been getting in the Christmas spirit!
Civil War BOW Week 49 - Yankee Puzzle
Here is a closer look:
My stash of Neesha fabric that I’m using for this project is dwindling but I think I will make it. May need to get creative in these last few weeks! Be sure to check out the Civil War Flickr site where other Barbara Brackman fans and devotees share their renditions of the blocks each week.
Here in North Texas the weather outside is frightful! It is terribly dreary but we are getting RAIN which we need so badly. There is a “silver lining” in those clouds. This gives me a great chance to get out all those Christmas quilts and photograph them for a future blog. Stayed tuned!
Have a great weekend, y’all!
I am packing for a vacation – yippee! Whenever I travel, whether it is a road trip, a plane trip or a cruise 🙂 I like to take along something to stitch. For the past couple of years I have been working on Redwork Santas. The only time I work on them is when I travel. They have become known as my Roadwork Santas.
My travel kit includes the background fabric with the Santa already traced, an embroidery hoop, a small pin cushion with extra needles, the perle cotton thread and a needle threader which includes a built-in thread cutter. I stow the entire kit-and-caboodle in a gallon Ziploc bag. It weighs almost nothing and does not include scissors so I can take it on the plane.
I like working on the Roadwork Santas while traveling because they are not complicated, I don’t have to keep referring a pattern, there is one color thread and while some precision is important, I can actually sew on these while bouncing down the road in a large red pickup truck (as the passenger, of course).
Here are Santas I have completed while on the road:
I purchased the patterns years ago, but through the power of the internet, found that they are still available at Gooseberry Hill. The designer is Kathy Pace. I have the patterns for 12 of her Santa Vignettes.
With retirement right around the corner, I hope to be traveling more. And as I do, I’ll be sure to take the Roadwork Santas with me. Someday I think they will make a very nice Christmas quilt!