Book Review: Civil War Remembered

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”

  1. 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?!

  2. 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!

  3. Mary Etherington`

    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!

  4. 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.

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