About a month or so ago Hubby and I took a day off and headed towards Minnesota. I hinted that as long as we were going I’d like to stop in Hayward. The town is tiny (even through my rural America eyes) but it does have a wonderful quilt shop. If you’re ever near Albert Lea, Minnesota check out the Calico Hutch. It’s one of the best shops in my extended area.
While shopping I came across a copy of Civil War Remembered: 19 Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene of Country Threads fame. I had a copy of this on my Kindle but I have to say…I am not a fan of ebook quilting books. I like to hold the book and touch them. I don’t like the hassle of figuring out how to print something from the book either. My ebook copy was given to me by the publisher Martingale. I swiped my way through the ebook version enough to know I wanted a hard copy. I had meant to order one but that didn’t happen so when I saw one at Calico Hutch I bought it immediately.
I’ve had the book by my night stand and have been reading through it each night as I fall asleep. I love the book. All of the quilts are ones I could love to make.
The cover quilt I love as is but I do want to show you this picture courtesy of Mary’s blog Country Threads. (Find the full post about the quilt here) Mary remade the quilt in brights for a teaching event that Connie was doing. I love the bright version too.
Honestly if I had time, I would just sit down and sew them all.
Small pieces and completely scrappy….both are my favorite.
The only thing I have to say is that all of the projects are smaller…and me, I like everything BIG! Good news though, most of the time if I just take the pattern and multiply it by four I know how many blocks I need.
What is it about simple nice patches that makes me smile?
I love strings so this is on a want to do list too….oh for more hours in a day!!
What can say..I love the whole book. I want to make every quilt…
I quilts are beautiful. The directions are great. The layout and photography is pleasing. Hands down, a great book!
I realized after purchasing this book that I haven’t purchased their previous book The Blue and the Gray: Quilt Patterns using Civil War Fabrics…Looks like I have something to put on a wish list. I checked the photos out on Amazon and I know I want it too.
4 thoughts on “Book Review: Civil War Remembered”
Love the brighter colours of the 9 Patch and the String Quilt patterns. The colourful version of the cover quilt is great, it brings out the pattern so much more than the book cover version does. I can see why you would be happy to work your way through all of the patterns in the book. Happy sewing …….. or dreaming?!
I just went to a quilt show yesterday and saw so many pretty quilts. I took a few pictures. I’ve been more into modern quilts lately, but when I looked at the pictures of the quilts that I chose to take pictures of, they were all pretty classic! I guess I’m not as modern as I thought! Glad you got your book!
Thanks for the kind words about our book, Jo! Martingale does a bang-up job on their photography, don’t they? There are several I’d like to remake in a contemporary look – winter is coming – ha!
I love the Civil War patterns and the fabric used in them but I could never make one, I like big blocks, those little ones are hard for me to get right.