Huzzah! It feels so great to finish this quilt. I hand sewed the last seam on Tuesday night while watching TV, and inked on the inscriptions yesterday afternoon. It took a long time to decide what to write in each square. I included things like names of battles, etc., quotes from the time period (especially from President Lincoln), and some lines from songs popular with the Union troops. This is a Union quilt.
I learned a lot making this quilt. I was surprised that it feels like a "regular" quilt, even though it's actually 48 little quilts bound and sewn together.
Here's what I did on the back:
Now for the real test--I need to wash it! With all the antique fabric in the top, it will probably need to be washed by hand.
"Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable!" Daniel Webster, 1830.
"At the judgement day, I want to be with Wisconsin soldiers." Gen. John Gibbon.
Now I get to pick a new project! This day just gets better and better.