14 big, beautiful Civil War quilts that will blow your mind! (+ giveaway!)

Best-selling author Carol Hopkins is back with new ways to create your own antique-style treasures with a big twist—big quilts!

Vintage Legacies

You’ll love learning how Carol uses her signature Civil War color palette in Vintage Legacies—each quilt is more stunning than the last:

Quilts from Vintage Legacies

Fourteen patterns ranging from lap- to twin-size pay tribute to Southern belles, men’s work shirts from the Civil War era, First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln, and more. Interesting tidbits about nineteenth-century life round out this gorgeous collection that will inspire you to think big!

We asked Carol a few wanna-know questions about her quilting life and about her new book—here are her answers (don’t miss the answers to our quirky questions, they’re a hoot!).


Carol HopkinsStitch This!: Your first four books featured smaller quilts; in Vintage Legacies you make a big leap to big quilts! What inspired you to design larger quilts?

Carol: I’ve designed larger quilts throughout my quilting life for workshops and classes, to commemorate special events, to showcase specific fabric lines, and to memorialize block exchanges with a special group of friends. After numerous suggestions that I write a book featuring quilts large enough to sleep under, I decided it was time to demonstrate that my attention span occasionally surpasses 10 to 20 small blocks!

Enduring Love quilt
Enduring Love

ST!: What’s your designing process like—do you draft a pattern first or gather fabrics first? Do you draw ideas on paper or use a computer?

Carol: I’d like to say I design with a plan, but I rarely do. I don’t draft patterns or draw ideas on paper or the computer. I guess I’d describe my process as “organic” (though I’m sure others would describe it as “backwards.”) I’ll explain: I’m always on the lookout for interesting blocks, especially those found in antique quilts. When I find a block I like, I usually make up a 4″ or 6″ sample and keep it in my personal block-reference library. When I decide to make a quilt using one of these blocks, I choose a size, pull coordinating fabrics, and make a bunch of scrappy blocks. Then I play with the blocks to determine how I want to set them together and how many more blocks it will take to end up with a quilt with balanced colors and good proportions. Finally, I go back and create a drawing and directions to match the quilt I’ve just made.

Nellie Jane quilt
Nellie Jane

ST!: What’s inspiring your work right now?

Carol: Two antique quilts with blocks I haven’t seen before and stacks of beautiful reproduction fabrics are calling my name.

ST!: What’s on your sewing table right now?

Carol: I’m finishing up three brightly colored unicorn quilts and one flannel penguin quilt made from Elizabeth Hartman patterns for my grandchildren’s Christmas gifts. I have to admit I’m finding it a challenge to work with bright fabrics covered in gold dots!

Tribute to Judie quilt
Tribute to Judie

ST!: What’s your #1 tip for beginning quilters?

Carol: Enjoy the process and admire your progress.


6 Quirky Questions for Carol Hopkins

  • What’s your secret talent? I taught the kids in my neighborhood how to spit when I was six years old.
  • What’s the last thing you Googled? New book releases on Amazon.
  • What’s the funniest joke you know by heart? Why do seagulls fly over the sea? Because if they flew over the bay, they’d be bagels.
  • What movie have you seen again and again? Same Time Next Year with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn.
  • If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator? Ellen DeGeneres.
  • What’s the most historic thing that has happened in your lifetime? It’s a tie between the moon landing and 9/11.

Vintage LegaciesThanks for answering our pressing patchwork questions, Carol!

We have a beautiful, brand-new copy of Vintage Legacies to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered into the drawing, tell us in the comments:

My Civil War fabric stash needs:

  • Some shrinking—I’ve collected a lot.
  • Some expanding—I need to go shopping.
  • A kick off—I don’t have any yet!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you can’t wait to dive into Carol’s latest book, you can order Vintage Legacies at our website and instantly download the eBook for free—it’s a deal you’ll only find at ShopMartingale.com!


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