What Joy today when my friend Pam Weeks' (w/Don Beld) new book "Civil War Quilts" (Schiffer) arrived!....... The 15 known Sanitary Commission quilts in a lovely hardcover book! Eleven of them are "potholder" quilts (another book forthcoming from Pam on THAT subject!). Have been waiting quite a while for this book and certainly find that it is worth the wait! The photos are wonderful.....always the first thing I do with a new quilt history book......look at all the photos and read the captions.....then go back to read the History!
Reproduction quiltmakers will love her fabric pages with suggestions as to what are Indigo Blues, Madders, Turkey Reds, Double Pinks, madder browns, bright chrome yellows, poison greens, etc! Interesting to find that I have many of the fabrics pictured! But everyone knows the 19th century reproductions are my favorite fabrics! I did not know that the book was to include patterns and there are many to choose from! 19th century techniques and Edge Finishes chapter is most informative...includes instruction for Potholder quilt style.
A recent quilt discovery that is Most exciting to me is a well-documented Flag Quilt from Belfast Maine that just last fall found its way back to Maine after about 147 years! The Historical Society knew the quilt was made from reading the Ladies Volunteer Aid Society 1864 records but did not know the whereabouts of the quilt....until a phone call from MT.....you will need the book to read "the rest of the story!" The quilt will be shown every Flag Day, June 14!
Pam asked me to include the little permission notes for copyright issues.