The Civil War Sewing Circle - Quilts and Sewing Accessories Inspired by the Era

by Kathleen Tracy
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Kathleen Tracy, popular author of Prairie Children and Their Quilts and Remembering Adelia, has outdone herself with this combination of lovely projects and fascinating historical tidbits. Patterned after quilts made during the Civil War era, this collection is ideal for nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics.

  • Choose from 16 easy projects, including large and small quilts, plus a pincushion, sewing box, and needle case
  • Learn how women's efforts during the Civil War era led to increased civil and political involvement among women
  • See historical photos and read eloquent excerpts from letters written to and from soldiers during the Civil War

by Kathleen Tracy
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
January 11th, 2011

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From Kim Jamieson-Hirst,

This is Kathleen's fourth book published by That Patchwork Place and, as in her previous books, she combines historical content with projects reminiscent of that time period. Kathleen's inclusion of historical information, such as diaries and letters from the Civil War, helps to evoke the emotions and feeling of that turbulent time. The 16 projects in the book include doll quilts, wall hangings and throws as well as small sewing accessories and are, with a few exceptions, pieced projects.

We sometimes forget that quilting wasn't always a hobby, as it is for most of us, but a way to provide warmth and comfort in difficult times. During the Civil War, it was the women volunteers of the U.S. Sanitary Commission who provided quilts for bedding for the wounded soldiers. The Soldier's Cot Quilt was based on one of the few remaining examples of the quilts made for this purpose during the Civil War. Its simplicity would be effective in solid colors and reminds me of the quilts that are currently being made by modern quilt guilds.

Since I've recently begun making hexagons, The Hexagon Flowers Doll Quilt appealed to me. A simple design with hexagons in the center and borders with cornerstones, it would stitch up quickly. I could see this pattern in both traditional and contemporary fabrics.

Another quilt that I liked in the book was the Union Stars Quilt. It's a throw size project with half square triangles (I love half square triangles). I think it would be equally effective in scraps or in a more controlled color scheme as in the book.

There are also patterns in the book for a sewing box, needle case and pincushion, again reminiscent of items from the time period, but which would also be practical items in our quilt or sewing studios today.

The sizes of several of the projects lend themselves to handwork if you wish to have a portable project. Certainly any of the doll quilts could be hand pieced and quilted quickly. Although I don't usually do handwork, the projects in this book have my fingers itching to do some hand stitching!

I liked that most of the projects in the book were small enough to try a new technique. You could make one of the doll quilts or pincushion easily in a day and then spend a little more time hand quilting them. If you didn't enjoy the technique, then you haven't wasted a lot of time and energy on it. I also enjoyed the combination of information about the Civil War and projects from that time period.

Review from Stick Your Nose in a Book: Quilting Book Reviews by Jennifer Zoeterman

Kathleen Tracy's follow-up to Remembering Adelia focuses on the Civil War era and its future impact on women's rights. Included are touching letters from loved ones at war and historical photographs. The book also includes informative information about women's efforts at home to support the troops, and their organization of the U.S. Sanitary Commission to improve the horrendous health conditions at hospitals and military camps. Sixteen wonderful and easy-to-sew projects include doll quilts, cot quilts, and sewing accessories inspired by this era.

Kathleen Tracy

Kathleen Tracy's love of quilting began in 2000, when she picked up a book on small quilts and made one for her daughter's dolls. Using traditional blocks and reproduction fabrics, she designs quilts that are inspired by quilts from the past. Kathleen enjoys hand quilting and using scraps to make her quilts look like they came from another time. She is the author of several popular quilting books published by Martingale.

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