Try it on Tuesday: “Lizzie’s Legacy”

Today I have a real treat for you.  The good people over a Pickle Dish sent a copy of “Lizzie’s Legacy” by Betsy Chutchian to review…let me tell you right up front, I really enjoyed this book.

When I started paging through the book I learned that the author also was a co-author of the book History Repeated which is one of my favorite quilts books ever!


“Lizzie’s Legacy” is inspired by the author’s great-great grandmother’s journal.  Throughout the book there are excerpts from the actual diary….oh I wish I had something from one of my relatives that recounted there time here on earth.   To be honest, I enjoyed the journal entries just as much as I enjoyed the quilts!!

There are 14 projects in the book.  All are made with Civil War reproduction fabrics.


Some of the projects are small and some a full sized quilts.


The designs are very straight forward without lots of extra borders and design elements which would be very typical for the time period.


The pictures shown here do not do the quilts or the book justice.  I love the layout and photography in the book…there are overlays over the journal pages that just have me wanting to read more of the journals.  Honestly, I could read Lizzie’s whole journal and be completely happy.

I did find out while reading that the author, Betsy Chuchian, is also the author of the book “Gone to Texas“.

After seeing this book, I am really wanting to go back and see the earlier book as it too is about Lizzie.

I would love to keep this book but honestly, my quilting plate is really full right now and I know I won’t make good use of the book so I am passing it along to one of you.  Be forewarned that the copy you receive was very well reviewed and paged through by me before it was sent off to one of you.  For a chance to win, leave a comment telling if you keep a journal or diary.  I have always wanted to but never kept it up..that is until I started blogging.  It’s a “modern day journal” of sorts.

If you love journals…Civil War reproduction fabrics and antiques…you’ll love this book.  Make sure to stop by Thursday through Saturday.  We are hosting “What’s new at Quilt Market reviews and giveaways”.  You won’t want to miss it!

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91 thoughts on “Try it on Tuesday: “Lizzie’s Legacy”

  1. Maryellen

    Oh. I love stuff like this. Sounds like I need to add this book to my list. Thanks for the review.

  2. Laura

    I have made attempts now and again to keep a journal, but never stick with it. I do, however, love to read the journals of pioneer women and to reproduce quilts I see from the past.

  3. Joan

    This book would be right up my alley.The closest have come to a journal is a little book that everyday asks a question for you to comment on and then give to your grandchild at the end of a year.

  4. Darlene

    Sounds like a great book! I have tried several times in the past to journal and am at it again right now! Hopefully this time I’ll stick to it!

  5. Joey

    Nope never did the Journal thing! I guess I’d rather live it than write abut it! I have a stash of repro Civil war thought that I haven’t tapped!

  6. pdudgeon

    I’ve journaled randomly thru the years, but never have done one consistantly. would love to win this book! i love all the quilts and would like to make the three quilts that you’ve shown here, as well as to read the journal.

  7. Ardith

    I started keeping a journal about 3 years ago. I don’t write in it every day, but find its nice to sit down a couple times/week and reflect on what I have been doing or what has happened in the world. I also note what quilt I am working on. It is a time of quiet in a hectic life. Love repros.

  8. Carolyn

    The book sounds awesome. Last year I cut back on my fabric stash and my commitment to making big quilts. But I still have all my civil war fabric and still making smaller quilts. Just so many quilt block patterns that look so great in civil war.
    I have about six journals with starts in them of different focuses — family history, daily events, short stories, etc. Starts is the key word, as I only get to them occasionally.

  9. Stoney Monte

    I have kept my own quilting journal, complete with photos, since 1987 and it gives me such joy to look back and see the progress I have made. Quilts for grandbabies, quilts for their high school graduations, quilts for weddings…And now, quilts for two great grandbabies. Time moves us along!!!

    spirit.in.stoney at gmail dot com

  10. Ginny Crewz

    Oh I just love to go to an auction and in a box lot find a journal. What a true treasure! I never kept one but my great Aunt did and wrote in it every day. I would love this book!

  11. Judy D in upstate NY

    I have been keeping a journal since my kids were little-they are now 26 and almost 28. I don’t write in it every day and usually it is about once a month, sometimes more sometimes less. I love to go back and re-read my entries every once in a while. I hope that when I am gone someone in my family keeps the notebooks as part of our family history. I think it is so important to have thses type of things for future generations to reference.

  12. mrsmoore

    I’ve kept a journal in the past, especially when traveling. Blogs are the new journals it seems.

  13. Nancy in PA

    The only journal I ever kept was when I was working on my Dear Jane quilt. I started the journal the day I started my DJ and wrote in it every time I finished a block….telling the date, what techniques I used and how many pieces were in that little block. I am so glad I did this with this special quilt and I often look at it just to remind me of my Dear Jane journey. I love the quilts with history and I seem to make mostly civil war reproduction patterns lately. Thanks for a chance to win this special book!

  14. Mona

    LOVE Gone to Texas & History Repeated (co-authored with Carole Staehle) & met these delightfully fun and talented ladies when they came to my guild last year. I have yet to buy Lizzie’s Legacy, so please put my name in the hat for the drawing. Thanks for offering it to your readers. :)
    No consistent journalling from me through the years, but want to at least document my quilting.

  15. Kerry

    Unfortunately, I’ve never kept up with a journal. However, I’m making an effort to keep a journal of my quilts as I finish them. Love the look of this book, thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Melody A

    Last year when I retired I started keeping a journal. It seemed like the days were just slipping by so I felt it might help me keep track of where my time disappeared to! Looks like a great book.

  17. Laura

    I kept a diary when I was a young teen, and threw it away when I went to college. I started blogging about a year and a half ago, but I don’t tell much about my life, just my crafting.

  18. Paula S.

    I don’t keep a journal, but am intrigued by them. I do love history, antiques, historical fabrics and quilts. I would love to have this book!

  19. Stefanie B

    I tried keeping a journal several times but for me, life happens and gets in the way and I always stop it after a few weeks. Thank you for a chance to win :)

  20. Brenda

    Love Gone to Texas. Our quild had Betsy here for a 3 day retreat. I really need to keep a journal of my quilts but that would take time out of my piecing and quilting. Thanks for a chance to win.

  21. Anne D.

    I have kept a diary sporadically in the past. It is interesting to go back and read the entries I made, some many years ago. Would love to win this book!

  22. Jolyn Olson

    I love to journal! When young I did diaries and it’s fun to read through them…remembering I was just a silly teenager when I wrote them. My journal now is more of a spiritual journey…but I do love to write. I wish I had journaled all of my quilts. I quite counting when I got to 300 and that was back in about 1995.

  23. Linda

    I do not keep a journal, but love to read them. I have my grandparents love letters, before they were married in 1915.
    LOVE CIVIL WAR REPO’S

  24. Jo

    You know, I’ve tried journaling..i think its really cool…but its just not me! I do love making lists tho, does that count?
    boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

  25. marie

    Writing something daily is not me. I don’t think it neccessary for someone else to know what I think or do. But, I love reading someone elses, so would love to win a copy of the book.

  26. Ranch Wife

    I could kick myself for not keeping a journal from the day we were married. I love reading books like these and peeking into the lives of women long ago. I have “Gone to Texas” and I love it. This looks like one I would enjoy too. I guess our blogs today serve as modern day journals.

  27. Donna

    I have often thought about keeping a journal but never have started. I love reading them . Funny in school I hated history but now I love it. I like reading about the day to day part of history. This book sounds like it’s right up my alley and my stash needs some help being used. I have more than enough civil war fabric to make 5 of each quilt in this book. I needs to be used so I need this book. (lol)

  28. Diane

    I don’t keep a daily life journal but I do my blog. I have the book Gone to Texas and have Lizzy’s Legacy on my wish list. I love reading how productive she was even with all her other responsibilities. Makes me wonder what I do with all of my time.

  29. Donna W

    I have tried to keep a journal, but it always seems to go by the wayside. I admire people that do, and would love reading this book.

  30. Melissa Garcia

    My mother just passed away. A few days before we found a journal which she had started in order to give us some of her childhood history. She always thought of everything. She and I share a love of quilting. She taught me to sew when I was 6, then I got her into quilting much later. Even continents apart we worked on projects together for my daughters and my nieces. I have had her stash ever since she was unable to sew anymore. I would love to make something really meaningful with it.

    I love your blog and how your daughters sew with you. All my girls sew, but are too busy with school to get too involved now. I look forward to when we can do big projects together.

  31. Jocelyn

    Years ago, I used to keep a journal. I did it for about 10 years. When the book filled up, I never did it again. Until I started blogging, and that was to be my quilting journal. Thanks for sharing the book.

  32. Catholic Bibliophagist

    I love reading published journals, but I never seem able to write one for any prolonged period of time.

    –C.B.

  33. Paulette Doyle

    This ‘stuff’ is right up my alley!! I had a Journal years ago but not now…and yes, I have to agree with you, Blogging is a form of Journalling so we should both say yes, we Journal!!:o)))
    Paulette

  34. Sherryl

    Those are exactly my kind of quilts! Old fashioned. Simple. Beautiful. And I’m with you – there is something about reading the diaries of people who lived long ago that is so fascinating. I kept a diary as a young girl, but not as I grew older. The really “important” stuff I think about now all seems so… well personal! What if someone read it? LOL Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome book.

  35. Linda

    Nope, I have never been a journalist. I always figured my life is too routine to be interesting, yet I enjoy reading other people’s journals of mundane things.
    Linda in Southern Illinois

  36. Brenda C

    This book looks like a must have for me. I love Civil War fabrics and quilts. I do not keep a diary and with my poor memory it would have been such a great thing to have, especially to catalogue the quilts I have given away.

  37. Jean

    I have kept a diary since my aunt gave me one for Christmas when I was a freshman in high school in the mid ’40’s. Some years are missing many pages, not sure why, but it is just about daily life, weather, what we did, where we went, who we entertained, etc/

  38. Dee

    I LOVE CIVIL WAR FABRICS AND BOOKS – Actually have her first book – I too love the journal entries. I have tried to journal, but seem to never keep up with it. You do a great job though journaling on your blog.

  39. Julie in WA

    Nope, I’m not a journaler. Wish I was. My daughter journals feelings and my mom journals trips. It sure is fun to read pioneer journals!

  40. Lisa B

    What a wonderful book. I took more of a look at this book online. I’ve kept a journal off and on through the years. Some years it was just a line or two in a daily appointment calendar. Some years it is pages and pages typed into a Word document. I keep a journal book that is only for trips telling where and when I went (even just flights home) as the years began to all run together at some point.

  41. Michelle F.

    I have tried to keep a journal several times but never have the discipline to keep it up! Thanks for the chance to win. I have History Repeated and it is one of my favorites.

  42. Richelle

    Being a genealogy buff and quilter this type of book is right up my alley. Thank you for being so generous!

  43. Terry Johnson

    I am like you Jo, blogging is my modern day journal. Life is very busy and blogging lets everyone see what I am up to. I am not an every day blogger, yet, but it is my goal to regularly post for followers. I so enjoy following you, Kelly and farm life. Thank you for all you do for fellow quilters.

  44. Maureen

    Jo- this book sounds wonderful. I just love history and genealogy. Thanks for the review- I’m adding these to my “to read” list. Would love to win your copy and get started.
    I started a journal of sorts a few years back. Each night before I turn out the lights, I write down 3 things that happened that day that I am thankful for, and 3 things I did to make someone else’s day better. It helps me unwind, and focus on the positive things in my life. I am so much happier since starting it!

  45. Barb

    I have attempted to journal but don’t seem to keep it up. A civil war quilt is on my to do list so this book looks like it would have some great patterns.

  46. Nell

    I keep a writer’s notebook-kinda a journal, kinda a list of things to do, kinda writing ideas, quotes, books I want to read, some days I write way more than others, but it might be interesting to my children and grandchildren when I am gone.

  47. Jill Klop

    No, I don’t keep a journal or a diary. Sometimes I think of facebook as that. I’m just as bad at putting entries in that as I did when I had a diary! LOL! But, I do put pictures of the quilts that I make on Facebook. I see changes in what I like and try from looking back at those pictures!

  48. Sue

    No, I don’t keep a journal. I always have good intentions and then find it 6 months later, with two pages written in it.

  49. Jane from PA

    I would love to win this book. My favorite genre is historical fiction, American historical fiction, especially Civil War Journals. I just finished reading “the Widow of the South” and highly recommend it.

  50. Patti J

    I do not journal. I’ve tried, but it just isn’t for me. I don’t even have a blog and I really don’t want that either. My friend has one and I just would never post. I would love to own this book, I have really gotten into civil war fabric and I enjoy more eye candy.

  51. Susan

    I have never kept a journal but love to read them! I love historical fiction and would love to read this book, esp if it has quilts in it!!

  52. Ellie

    I love Civil War quilts and so I have several books with quilts of that period and a stash to match! I want to start on one soon but I’m trying to finish some UFO’s first. I haven’t kept a diary since I was in junior high but it might be interesting to start one again.

  53. Linda

    I have never kept a journal–It might be something to start…I love reproduction fabrics-thanks for the chance to win this book..

  54. Sandy D

    I do not keep a Journal but my Husband’s Dad did.He kept the temperature and weather, who came to visit.What ever happened that day was in this book.We farm so he would write when we planted or when the cows calved.It was interesting to read about things before my hubby and I met.He died in his nineties so there was a lot of entries.Right now we cannot find it and everyone in the family say they do not have it hmmm.

  55. Bonnie Larson

    I’ve always admired people who can maintain a journal. Unfortunately i am NOT one of them, although have tried on many occasions. I have copies of my grandma’s journals from over a ten year span from the early 1900’s. Amazing reading. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a wonderful draw,
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

  56. Judy

    I do not keep a journal, but I have “Gone to Texas” and loved reading the journal entries. The author lives in this area, and I have heard her speak and have seen some of the quilts she reproduced.

  57. lorene holbrook

    I guess you are right, my blog is my journal. I have tried since I was a teenager trying to do a journal. I treasure my great grandmother’s journal she lived in a small town and was a midwife. she thought it was a sad day when no one came to visit! thanks for the chance!

  58. Sheila Fuesting

    Oh I would love to win this book, and if I don’t, I’ll surely buy it. I devour old journals, they are the best. I have kept journals for years and years, but haven’t kept up with it lately. They’re fun to read thru again and see just how much I accomplished back in my younger years.

  59. Lynn

    not a consistent journaler, I do share some stories via scrapbooking and keep a book of all of my completed quilt projects, but not anything like a daily diary. Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. Anda

    I do not possess a journal but have documented some fond memories for my boys in a special book that I will present to them one day! awolk at rogers dot com

  61. Charlotte

    Love reading notes that my MIL kept most all of her life. Think I will do it but then soon falls by the wayside. Love reading about others lives. Need to check our library for these books.
    Enjoy your blog!

  62. Skye

    No, I stopped keeping a journal decades ago…Life just seems to leave little time for sitting down & writing about life. Though I often wish I had.
    But I love reading journals & admire the men & women who keep them. And I deeply adore reproduction fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

  63. Judy1522

    I have tried many times to keep a journal but usually don’t keep up with it. I did manage to keep a travel diary on some of our vacations and am glad that I did. When I make scrapbooks of the trips it helps me to keep events in order. My grandfather kept diaries for many years and we have all enjoyed going back and reading what he wrote throughout the years. Because he had a dairy farm with my father it was mostly about the weather and what he did or who came to visit, not a lot of personal details but still interesting.

  64. Sharon Judkins

    Looks like a fun book. Would love to win a copy. I have never kept a journal. Always thought I would but just never do. I did write in a diary when I was a teenager.

  65. Lou

    Looks like agreat book!
    I don’t journal in the traditional way either. I have a blog… lousquiltncorner.blogspot.com

  66. Daisy Christopherson

    You have whetted my interest in trying to find all these books and read them and probably make a quilt someday. I love reading about anything from my great grandparents age and the days when my own grandmother would have been a young girl. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. Daisy

  67. Kay Mc

    I have never kept a journal, but have often wished that I was better at putting my thoughts on paper. This looks like a great book to have in my quilt library.

  68. Maureen

    I do not keep a journal or diary and I wish I would have along with some pictures of the many quilts I have made and given away. The book looks delicious!

  69. michelle a

    I have a book that I have written down quilt ideas in for a while now, but I started a journal when my husband passed away. I do wish I had started sooner. I also wish my parents and grandparents would have done one. I love reading about family history, its so interesting to see what they went through and how things have changed. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  70. Sheila Bayley

    I kept a journal and pictures of all the quilts I made when I first started quilting. Recently, I’ve been lax or just forgotten about it. I gave 4 quilts away for Christmas and just realized that I hadn’t documented any of them. Guess I’ll have to go back to each and get pictures for my book. I’d love to win the book. I have my grandmother’s journal from the year they moved to California.

  71. Carol Sc

    Periodically I think about writing a journal, but have yet to actually start one. I do have a blessings calendar, where I write down something that I feel blest about for each day — maybe that is a start?!

  72. Tammy

    No, I don’t keep a journal, but I love reading about the the lives of women that came before us. Would love to have this book, thanks for the chance.

  73. Mary K.

    I have tried writing in a journal many times but, I always end up quitting. I do like reading stories that see in that format.even my blog teens to be occasional. Thanks for giving us a chance to win.

  74. Jenelle Boxberger

    you make this book sound very exciting. I love civil war fabrics and have made many wall hangings from them, I would like to make a lap quilt or twin with my fabric. I wanted to start a journal for my grand daughter because I rarely got a chance to see her. But I just couldn’t get myself started on it.

  75. Robin T

    I love the idea of journaling. I just haven’t been able to do it long enough to make it a regular part of my day. I do enjoy reading old stories or journals written by others. Thank you for sharing your organizing tips.

  76. Deb G. In VA

    I have never kept a journal. The book looks like a good one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  77. Judy

    Havn’t been a writer but love to read about historial journeys.
    Cherist the quilt my Grandmother made for my wedding 1964!
    Thanks for sharing!

  78. sherri wolters

    I start to keep an journal but then Ii don’t keep up with it and when rereading I realize I only putting my feelingd down and usually I am upset when I do- I do not want any one to read this so I quit writting but it is therapy- but a day to dayjournal I do not do- But I love to read other peoples journal lthanks

  79. Ginny Worden

    I am not very good at journaling, or even making labels for the quilts Ido make but I love reading other people’s. Thank goodness someone does it.

  80. Carol C.

    I have periodically journal-ed, but really wouldn’t want anyone to read them, as they are private thoughts…love reading historical journals, though. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book!

  81. Bonnie Pfrimmer

    I used to write in a journal but haven’t in a long time. Love reading other peoples journals especially about history. Thank you for sharing this book with us. I would love to view it.

  82. Deborah DeBerry

    I once tried to start a journal, but got so busy would forget to write in it. I do love reading about adventures of the past. Would love the chance to read this one!!

  83. Kim Cassie

    I’m not disciplined enough to stick with journaling, but I love reading other people’s diaries and peeking into their lives. (Isn’t that horrible sounding?) Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. Glenda in Florida

    I’ve never kept a diary or journal, except for one very brief period. I would be embarrassed for anyone to read my ramblings–the reason why I don’t blog. But, I do appreciate all the lovely bloggers who are brave enough to share with the rest of us! I’ve got a stash of leftover Civil War fabrics from a challenge last year–would love to win this book.

  85. LoriD

    I love these quilts and would love to win a copy of this book. I heard the story and think it’s great there is a personal connection. If I kept a journal it would put everyone to sleep!

  86. Diane knott

    I really wish I was more consistent with my journaling but I hope my blog counts as an online journal! This books been on my wish list since I first found out about it! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  87. Valerie

    I don’t keep a journal. I often think about starting, but haven’t yet. Would love to win the book, thanks for the chance!

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