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
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 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.Contact Mary Etherington
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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?Visit Connie's website
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