At this point, everything was set except that new fabric. Since I wanted to give the quilt a clean look, and didn't have a full value range, I decided to introduce a white-on-white fabric.
Once the fabrics were washed and pressed, I cut and sewed a few test blocks, Fig. 3.
I liked the look: the Civil War repro fabrics played against each other well, and the white gave it the clean look I wanted. So it was time to finish the blocks. Half the blocks I put brown fabric in the corners; and the other half have blue in the corners. This gave me 2 different blocks for the quilt.
Now the big question: how to quilt it? Over the next few weeks, I sketched many different designs. Nothing seemed right but to follow the design. It was a simple solution that worked (Fig. 5).