Last week was my Spring Break. I had a nice visit with a Bermuda friend to start out the week. I took her up to the mountains so she could practice her skiing, and we also went to the Wild Animal Sanctuary! What a really neat place (with lions, and tigers and bears and wolves…)
After Rachel left, though, I buckled down and really worked hard on my Bonnie Hunter Celtic Solstice quilt.
It took me about 2 and a half days to finish the dastardly “Clue 5″ blocks. They were really frustrating… Then it was time to start making the big blocks.
The first big block is called “54-40 or Fight”, according to Bonnie. I know that is a history reference, but I can’t remember what it is. I’ll have to go google it…
I think that the blocks are coming out really well…
This is the time when all of my care and redoing of the blocks to make them as perfect as possible is going to pay off. So far, every block has gone together with relatively few problems (once I got the hang of lining up the white points…).
So far, I have 38 done (out of a required 61).
Note: This is not what the quilt is going to look like – this is just the collection of one of the three types of blocks that I’m going to make. They do show kind of an interesting secondary pattern, though, don’t they?
Putting them all up on the design wall is starting to show me how big this quilt is going to be – the 61 blocks will be approximately one half of the quilt…
this sucker is going to cover the WORLD!!
ETA: Information from my Mom about 54-40 or Fight…
I grew up with the 54 -40 or fight statement because of living in Washington State.
The slogan, ’54/40 or fight’ originated during a dispute between the United States and Great Britain over the Oregon country.
Great Britain wanted the Oregon territories and so did we. The 54/40 is the latitude we almost went to war over.