Since my son only comes home every 3-4 weeks for a weekend, I've pretty much turned his bedroom into another workroom for my Orphans of War business. Here are pictures of charms ready to go into packs. I still have lots of yardage I haven't cut from. A few days ago I dove into the stash in the basement storage room and discovered more yardage I forgot I had, dating to the early 80's. I was excited to see these because they will be great additions to the charm packs.
I use Isaah's bed to stack charms sorted by type. I stand at the side and randomly draw charms from the stacks and place a penny on the stack so there are no duplicate charms in a pack.
These 2 are favorites of mine. The red and cream is an early repro.(1980's)
I've also been quilting like crazy to get the quilt off the frame and bound in time to take to my next presentation in Davenport, Iowa at the German American Heritage Center. It is an encore presentation to present the new information on the Christopher Staffinger quilt story. I'm meeting with the descendants again this weekend to acquire even more photos and info the family recently acquired from a lady who found it in the Staffinger house when she bought it. She had read the articles about my meeting with the family last June and after much thought decided to get in touch with them and give them photos and Christopher's documents! They were delighted to get these and once again, gracious enough to contact me and offer to share them with me. I can't wait to see these treasures and add all of this to my new improved presentation on the Christopher Staffinger Quilt. If you're in the Quad City area, stop by the GAHC on Sunday, Feb.19th at 1PM to hear the story in person. I'm not sure what they are charging at the door. The last time it was $10.
Here are pictures of my just quilted Fields of Blue and Gray in a smaller size than the pattern for easier use in my traveling display.
Closeup of Union block...
Closeup of Confederate block...
A corner of the quilt. I used a navy with stars print for the binding and backed the quilt with the same "cannonballs" gray print used in the pieced border ....
This quilt was inspired by my visit to the Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee a couple years ago. I was very moved by the experience as this was the battle that Christopher Staffinger was so horribly wounded in. It felt like especially hallowed ground to me.
I'll try to keep in better touch now that I'm caught up. Thanks for checking in. Keep stitching!