My Civil War Sampler Block 14 is Rosebud:
This block was completed with no less than two regrets and one lesson.
The first regret was that I had already used my “best” pink rosebud prints in #10 Yankee Puzzle. You can see that I actually used one of the same ones again in this one. No big deal; I’ve used some prints more than once in various blocks.
One might suggest that perhaps I should (have) read the entire book first and plan better…but, oh my, what fun would that be? I’d get completely overwhelmed and shut down entirely on the project! No, I’m taking it one block at a time. Read the story, pick some cloth, make the square.
My second regret (and also the lesson) is, however, that I did not at least read the entire page and all its instructions before diving in. Apparently, this block called for a “scant” seam when joining all the tiny triangles. I did not do this, and so I ended up with something like the block below (shown after I tried to remedy my too-small finished square by letting out only the seams joining the 4 quadrants – which, as you can see, did not work).
I had to ask my Mom, “What does that even mean, a ‘scant’ seam?”
“It’s something a little less than a quarter inch seam.”
“What, like an eighth? Why don’t they just say that?”
I could not bring myself to rip out ALL of those seams, so instead, I just cut all of the pieces out again and made a completely brand new block. But I’ve kept the “mistake” block as a reminder to read all the instructions before you start! I now make sure to look out especially for the blue “Hint” boxes. (I may even tack this block up to my wall, like a warning…)
(While I took the name of this block pretty literally with roses, roses, everywhere, the original history tale for Rosebud, which you can read on Brackman’s blog, pertains to Confederate spy Rose Greenhow.)