Friday, March 2, 2012

Exciting New Book for Quilt History Lovers!


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.


9 comments:

  1. I bought this book a few weeks ago and am sure glad I did. It really is a wonderful book and full of great photos with lots of helpful information!

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    1. Pam did a wonderful job with much time spent on extensive research!

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  2. Thank you for the book review, this looks like something I would love.

    I didn't realize your shop was just an hour north of me, I may have to pop up soon to look for fabric:)

    Tiff

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    1. Lots of Civil War fabric if that is your pleasure! Open only 4 days now....Wed-Sat 10-4. Call and I will give you directions!!

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  3. My copy just came today! Can't wait to sit down and go through it.

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    1. Makes me want to start yet another quilt!

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  4. i saw it at the museum last week....simply gorgeous!

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  5. That looks like a fantastic book!!

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  6. Just catching up on my blog reading and I enjoyed this post...plan on ordering the book tonight!

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