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 popular author and a cofounder, with Connie Tesene, of the famed Country Threads Quilt Shop. Although officially retired from the quilt-shop business, Mary and Connie stay in touch with former customers through the Country Threads Chicken Scratch blog, with farm news that includes quilting, gardening, homemaking, and pets. Mary keeps busy by caring for her animals, tending many houseplants and succulents, and playing piano at church.Contact Mary Etherington
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Since closing the Country Threads quilt shop in 2014, Connie has enjoyed the luxury of time--time for gardening, babysitting, volunteering, traveling, reading, and of course, quiltmaking. She and her husband, Roy, still live in the home where they raised their three boys. It's a wonderful house with an extensive garden. Connie and Mary stay in touch with former customers through the Country Threads Chicken Scratch blog, with farm news that includes quilting, gardening, homemaking, and pets. Connie would like to be remembered as a maker of pies, quilts, gardens, art, fun, and a cozy home.Visit Connie's website
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