My first full day of summer vacation! Yippee, yahoo, yassah! Sorry, I'm a little excited about it. I was so excited, I woke up earlier than on a school day. :o I knew better than to try to go back to sleep. It's party time, so I got up at 5:45AM ready to go. This morning I watched a movie (Jeremiah Johnson with Robert Redford) while sewing the binding on my Cozy Cottages quilt. The movie was only 2 hours long, but the binding took me 4 hours. As I've mentioned before, I hate to bind! It's torture I'd avoid at all cost if only a quilt could be called finished without it :( Oh well, it's done and on it's way to Santa Barbara to my niece at last.
I worked on blocks for the book today too. I now have 90 made. I wish I could show them. Maybe I'll take a picture of pieces so you can at least see the fabrics. I've named it, "Hardtack and Coffee", a staple in a Civil War soldiers diet. The quilt is very scrappy, assorted shirtings and prints of rich reds, golds, browns, navy, and random bits of poison greens.
I'm giving a presentation in Davenport on Sunday and have a lot to do to get ready for that, but not today. Today was play time. Not tomorrow either. I am taking groceries and cleaning products to my Mom. She has been suffering from back pain this past week and is still not up to going out herself. Friday will be "crunch time" and I'll type new notes, pack my display items, and practice my talk. I probably don't need to, but it makes me feel more confident when I run through it once at home. If walls could talk, my house would spout Civil War facts and quilt stories.
The state of Tennessee voted for secession today, 150 years ago. My paternal ancestors were from Tennessee and I'm sure some of them fought in the war. Chances are there were Lillards fighting for the Union and some of them on the Confederate side too. Tennessee was divided in it's loyalties even though it officially seceded from the Union.
Here are a couple photos of Civil War soldiers from my collection. The first is an unidentified Union officer. I'm not good at recognizing rank, so I can't tell you what his was. He looks a little war weary, doesn't he?
The next photo, also unidentified, is of a young Confederate soldier from Montgomery, Alabama. He looks so innocent, I'm sure it's his recruitment photo, before he's seen the horrors of battle.
Maybe I'll sew a few more blocks before I go to bed. After all, it's summer...no curfew! :)
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