A while back, I wrote a blog called “Patchwork Revival” about my wife’s quilting hobby. (http://histocrats.blogspot.com/2014/10/patchwork-revival.html ) She finds old unfinished quilt tops, squares, and vintage fabric and repurposes them into new placemats, potholders, and other decorative items for the kitchen and dining room. She’s also found some great books for inspiration, and we thought we’d share for crafty history lovers among our readers.
First, there’s The Civil War Diary Quilt, by Rosemary Youngs. It’s quite a novel idea. Youngs took entries from the Civil War diaries of ten different women. The reader gets a brief introduction to each of the women and ten or twelve fascinating diary excerpts. For each entry, Youngs has designed a quilt square and provided the pattern ad details that a home quilter can easily follow. She has followed up with The Civil War Love Letter Quilt, which is pretty much the same concept. Check out Youngs website at http://rosemaryyoungs.com/ . A woman named Barbara Brackman has also written several books about Civil War quilts and Civil War inspired works as well.
Whether you’re a talented quilter or hobbyist like my wife, or just a history buff like me, these books are great windows into American history.