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Each week throughout 2011, renowned quilt historian Barbara Brackman posted instructions for making a patchwork block on her blog to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Although the blocks were traditional, most had been published in the 1930s in newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and the Kansas City Star - not many actually dated from the Civil War era. But Barbara uses the symbolism of the block names and words taken from the diaries and journals of the time to acknowledge the war's events and honour those who lived through them. The series became extremely popular, and Barbara was encouraged to package them, along with a few new features, in this book. She provides instructions for cutting the fabric to make both 8 in and 12 in blocks, a diagram to help you construct it, photographs of the block made in two different colourways, and a historical note that explains the significance of its name. There aren't detailed step-by-step instructions for making a quilt from all 50 blocks - that's up to your imagination.
--Australian Homespun Magazine; April 2013
Here is an opportunity to learn more about the lives of Civil War women and travel through this period of American history with this special compilation of 50 quilt block patterns, combined with period photographs and first-person accounts. Choose from a variety of pieced or appliqued blocks, each shown in two colorways with instructions for assembling two sizes, 8" and 12" blocks. Look out for the display of Foxy Quilters, Barnsley, which are based on Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler. The quilts will be touring the quilt shows this autumn with Grosvenor Shows at Harrogate, Edinburgh, Malvern and Duxford
--Fabrications Quilting For You; April/May 2013
This is another stunning book from quiltmaker and historian Barbara Brackman. The book is based on the blog she ran in 2011, publishing one quilt block a week and sharing one personal account linked to the American Civil War as 2011 was the 150th anniversary of the start of that conflict. The book contains 50 blocks and each one has a personal recount of an interesting historical piece or both, some relating to the blocks and all relating to the war. There are cutting and piecing instructions to make all of the blocks as either 8 in or 12 in and each block is shown in at least two colour variations. This is another lovely book of Barbara's to add to the collection.
--Australian Quilters Companion; July 2013
Posted December 11, 2013
Posted August 4, 2013
The history of quilt patterns and blocks is well described in this lovely sampler. Instructions for sewing are well illustrated and stories that tell the origin of the different blocks are beautifully written . Easy to understand, enjoyable to read and lovely to look at, this book belongs in a quilters studio for reference to established patterns and inspiration for new ideas.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2013
If you're looking for a detailed how-to book of authentic Civil War block patterns, this is not it--but if you love interesting vignettes of history and Civil War stories, accompanied by colorful pictures of vintage 1920-1930s era blocks mostly made using Civil War reproduction fabrics, then you'll LOVE this book! I have been savoring each block and its story, as I missed the original blog entries on which the book is based. I love samplers, but as an experienced quilter, I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE that Brackman provides general cutting instructions in the introduction and only pertinent cutting details for individual blocks. (Though even a beginning quilter can attempt these blocks with a little help from a basic piecing guide.) I am already pulling FQs from from my stash, including some from Barbara's collections, and I can't wait to start my own sampler this summer!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.