General Sheridan was a small man, only 5'5", nicknamed "Little Phil." I smile whenever I read the quote by Abe Lincoln, "A brown, chunky little chap, with a long body, short legs, not enough neck to hang him, & such long arms that if his ankles itch, he can scratch them without stooping!" Funny! But Sheridan was indeed one of the most superior generals, winning Grant's & Lincoln's praise before the end of the war.
The quilt features stars, like all the Generals, between light & dark sashings. The dark sashing resembles the scorched earth left behind the marching army.
Jo Morton's Savannah fabrics make the stars sparkle & dance across the quilt. As you can tell, I really like General Sheridan & it was a joy to sew!
Then we have the Confederate General Jeb Stuart, leader of the South's cavalry, as was General Sheridan for the North. The cavalry was the eyes & ears of the armies for Grant & Lee; accomplished horsemen, they scouted out the enemy & returned information to the camps needed for successful battles.
You may have seen pictures of General Stuart in the past. He was the general in his "red-lined gray cape, yellow sash, hat cocked to the side with an ostrich plume, red flower in his lapel, often sporting cologne." What a sight he was on the battlefield; a "knight in shining armor" for the South.
When I first saw Jo's red toile fabric, I wanted to do a quilt with red stars on the toile, and General Stuart is it! This quilt would be a beauty on a full bed with the 10" block size!
Four different reds are used for the stars & the alternate blocks! Add the borders & it's done. An easy quilt to decide the fabric call, that is for sure.
Take care until I return from market. I will try to blog from market & send pictures. Wish me luck, as you know, that does not always work, but I will certainly give it my best try!