Civil War Legacies II - 17 Small Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics - OP

by Carol Hopkins

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In this follow-up to her best-selling Civil War Legacies, Carol Hopkins presents another outstanding collection of charming projects. Each engaging quilt is ideal for scraps and 1860s reproduction fabrics.

  • Choose from 17 traditional patterns with something for every skill level
  • Be inspired by Carol's "To Add Interest" tips regarding fabric selection
  • Create quilts with timeless appeal; these small patterns make beautiful wall hangings, doll quilts, and gifts

by Carol Hopkins
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color; softcover
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Publication Date:
March 4th, 2014
Are you into creating miniature quilts, well this book may be for you. This book is comprised of 17 projects made from scrappy reproduction prints. This is Carol Hopkins second book on Civil War Quilts. Carol Hopkins has designed many quilts using reproduction fabrics.

Most of the quilts are small approximately 28 inches by 34 inches, block sizes average 3 inches. Two quilts are of medium size, 51 inch square, and 44 inch square, respectively. Each quilt has detailed instructions on how to piece the blocks. A brief introduction related to the Civil War describes the quilt pattern in each chapter.

With no previous experience in making miniature quilts, I decided that I would review this book and create a miniature quilt. I chose the Bonnet Ties quilt pattern. The quilt measures 27” by 33”, and the blocks are 3”by 3”.

This was also the first time I constructed the pinwheel block. Fabrics used in my version of the quilt were from the modern trend versus the reproduction fabrics used in the book.

The vibrant modern colours gave the quilt a different feel about it. Lesson learned during the quilt making process is that miniature quilts take much longer to complete than bed size quilts, and there is no room to make mistakes! After all blocks were sewn together, the quilt came to life.
The attributes of vintage quilts change when using modern fabrics instead of reproduction fabrics.
So, if you would try a hand on miniature vintage quilts with a modern flair, this book may be for you!
Choosing a pattern to make from this book turned out to be difficult as all the quilts were appealing to me. Every pattern in the book is preceded by a vignette with a story about the quilt itself or history behind the blocks. I was struck by the story about how crackers were a major staple on civil war soldiers' diet, so I picked the quilt called Hard Crackers and started making the blocks.

Many of you would like to try your hand at miniature quilts but have been intimidated by the ones you've seen other quiltmakers make. This book is perfect as all of Carol Hopkins' designs are beautiful, relatively easy to make, and the instructions will guide you along your journey. I love how my new miniature quilt!
This is a great book for making small quilts as gifts, wallhangings, table toppers, etc. It is especially useful for the beginning quilter who would be overwhelmed with a large quilt and could learn several different blocks in a short time.
I love little quilts. I love the look of reproduction fabrics. Most of what's in my stash is "close enough" instead of actual reproductions, but it works for me. Civil War Legacies II: 17 Small Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics by Carol Hopkins is right up my alley. The quilts look do-able and just challenging enough to be fun.
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Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins, who retired from a 40-year teaching career at Purdue University, delights in spending time with her husband, three children, their spouses, and four beautiful grandchildren. In addition to teaching at quilt retreats and on quilting cruises, Carol has created more than 100 individual patterns, marketed as Civil War Legacies and Vintage Legacies, showcasing eighteenth- and nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics. Carol's books and patterns are sold worldwide, and many of her designs have been featured in national and international quilt publications. To learn more about Carol and see further examples of her work, follow her on Instagram at Carol_Hopkins_Designs or visit

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