Civil War Remembered - 19 Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics

by Mary Etherington, Connie Tesene
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Following their runaway best-seller The Blue and the Gray, Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene present a fresh assortment of distinctive designs. With this value-packed collection, now's the time to enlist your Civil War fabrics!

  • Choose from an array of quilts in various sizes and achieve a scrappy or planned look
  • Enjoy gorgeous photos and be inspired by the authors' keen color sense
  • Add charm to any room with traditional designs ranging from baskets and houses to flying geese and stars--including two scorched designs for an authentic vintage look

Author:
by Mary Etherington, Connie Tesene
Size:
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color; softcover
Pages:
80
Product Code:
B1325
ISBN:
9781604686463
Publication Date:
March 11th, 2015
Return Info:
This title accepted for returns only in resale condition
This book contains 19 quilt projects made with reproduction fabric. Each pattern begins with a small paragraph about the quilt, along with the finished quilt and block sizes. The materials and cutting lists are next and then a photo of the finished quilt.

There are lots of graphics to help you make sure you are assembling the blocks properly by what you have been reading. Assembly instructions are clear and the authors have left the final quilting design up to you.

Pinwheels, half-square triangles, stars, hour glass, 4-patch, 9-patch, baskets, flying geese, house, snowball and diamonds are a list of the blocks you will make throughout this book of quilts. If a template is needed, it is provided at full size. The diamond pattern uses inset seams but the graphics and instructions are very helpful in getting this seam correct. And finally, there is a page with a short bio on each author.

The colors used are the dull browns, greys and blacks found in true Civil War quilts. There are a few with a brighter pink but the overall look of these quilts are truly the more muted colors of the time. If you like a particular quilt, there is no reason you couldn’t use a different colorway. After all, it’s your quilt!

"I received a free or discounted product in exchange for providing an unbiased review."
All you civil war quilt lovers this book is for you, but, different choices of fabrics can also be used. These patterns lend themselves to using your scraps and work well with Thimbleberry fabrics too. The traditional blocks go with with these beautiful reproduction fabrics or your choice of fabrics. Nice addition for your quilt book collection.
All the projects in this book evoke cool afternoons and reading under a quilt! Traditional blocks set in creative designs make me want to finish my current quilting project and start pulling out reproduction fabrics from my stash.

The projects in Civil War Remembered are perfect for scraps (the designs would also look great made with other fabrics, too), which we all have drawers and bags full of, right? Great addition to my quilting library!
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Review from Online Quilt Magazine, May 2015

Sometimes Civil War quilts turn out muddy brown and uninteresting despite the work that goes in to them, but Mary and Connie's quilts are really fresh and attractive. The classic elements of stars, baskets, flying geese and houses are all present, but with a few different twists and more colour than you'll usually find. I especially liked the "Road to Victory" quilt. The directions for cutting and step-by-step construction for all the quilts are easy to follow. Some designs are more suited to experienced quilters, but not all, so you can work your way up to the ones requiring more patience and accuracy. The 2 scorched designs give a real vintage look. What a great idea! You'll be able to use up a lot of left-over scraps in "One Flag" which can incorporate all the colours of the Civil War era: red, blue, burgundy, black, sour or poison green, gold, rust, pink, double pink and brown. There might have been mud in the Civil War, but you don't have to have it in your quilts. We are advised to "be brave and creative and adventurous" and remember what Bonnie Hunter says, "If you still hate a piece of fabric, you haven't cut it small enough yet!" These 19 quilts are a fresh look at this period in history.

Mary Etherington

Mary Etherington is a cofounder, with Connie Tesene, of the famed Country Threads Quilt Shop and a popular author. While officially retired from the quilt-shop business, Mary stays in touch with former customers through the Country Threads Chicken Scratch blog. She keeps busy by dog sitting, caring for her animals, tending many houseplants and succulents, playing piano at two churches and a care center, and sewing every single day.

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Connie Tesene

Since retiring in 2014 I have enjoyed the luxury of time--time for gardening, babysitting, volunteering, traveling, reading, feathering my nest, and sewing. My husband, Roy, and I still live in the home where we raised our three boys; it's a wonderful house but it is also 120 years old and always seems to need a remodeling project. I have an ambitious plan for a large gardening project in the spring and I can hardly wait to get that dirt under my fingernails. I'd like to be remembered as a maker of pies, quilts, gardens, art, fun, and home. What more could one ask out of life?

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