I went to an estate sale and bought what I thought was a block of the month set of civil war fabric and patterns. When I got home it was missing four months of patterns and fabric. So I decided to make a sampler instead I chose the Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts. It was certainly a challenge for me. I had never done a Y seam or blocks that had 40 some pieces and only 6.5 inches! Four months later I had completed the quilt. It has a wool batting and and a backing that actually matches some fabric in the quilt ( it was in the package from the estate sale). I paper pieced the flying geese border. I will be registering this quilt with Quilts of Valor and presented it to my nephew Richard who has also recently started his teaching career in Wisconsin. I am very proud of this quilt and am happy that he will be able to love it and cherish it for a life time!