Civil War Legacies: Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics
By Carol Hopkins
Gifted by Martingale & Company
Reviewed by Jessica Nichols, Editor of FaveQuilts.com
If you're charmed by the vintage character of Civil War reproduction fabrics, these patterns will give you myriad ways to use those old-fashioned fabrics in handmade quilts! Civil War Legacies: Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics has 15 patterns to inspire your quilting. Author and designer Carol Hopkins includes plenty of patterns for small quilts, so you don't have to invest too much time and money in these quilts. Instead you can whip them up fast and use them as lap quilts or wall decorations.
Civil War Legacies is full of patterns for the subtle prints and muted colors of reproduction fabrics from the late 19th century. These patterns are ideal for quilters who like a rustic, time-tested quilting style. You'll find no applique among these patterns but plenty of traditional piecework patterns. The simple triangles and squares in the piecework patterns allow confident beginners to tackle even the most complex patterns in the book. Classic eight-pointed stars, nine patches, four patches, pinwheels, darting birds, and log cabins make up many of the quilt blocks you will see in these quilt patterns. In fact, following the patterns in Civil War Legacies is a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with many traditional piecework patterns.
As author and designer, Carol Hopkins brings bits of both American history and her personal history into her writing. Each of the quilt patterns is named for someone famous from the Civil War Era or for someone important in her own life. Her quilt patterns are imbued with a sense of memory and history, what one might call "legacy." Carol explains her inspiration for each pattern, giving a unique spin to each pattern and leading readers to see classic patterns in a different light. Eight-pointed star blocks become the guiding lights for the Underground Railroad, four patches become brass buttons, and chains of squares become suspenders. She has a special way of turning geometric patchwork designs into pictorial representations in the mind's eye.
Traditional quilters and history lovers alike will enjoy making the 15 quilt patterns in Civil War Legacies. Buy it for yourself or for a friend who you know will enjoy it!