NEW! A quilt book with a love story to share: inspired by the Civil War

An old-fashioned love story comes alive in quilts inspired by authentic Civil War letters in Quilts of Love and Valor.

Quilts of Love and Valor

Touched by the real-life letters of Jacob and Emeline Ritner, a husband and wife separated by the Civil War, author Becky A. Wright shares quilt patterns based on captivating stories the couple shared. Tales of the battlefield, news from the homefront, and love maintained through nearly four years of separation are captured in 11 antique-style designs, perfect for reproduction fabrics.

From Quilts of Love and Valor

Excerpts from Jacob and Emeline’s letters—the only complete set of Civil War letters known to exist—shed light on the inspiration behind each quilt, giving you a sense of what life was like for everyday people during the Civil War.

Emeline and Jacob Ritner
Emeline and Jacob Ritner

We’re happy to have Becky as a guest writer today to tell you more about Quilts of Love and Valor.


Becky A. WrightMy book follows the lives of Captain Jacob and Emeline Ritner during the four years of the Civil War. The Ritners were a well-known and highly respected family in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Jacob enlisted into the 1st Iowa Infantry Volunteers for a 100-day term, returned home for a short time, and then enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant of Company B in the 25th Iowa Infantry Volunteers, where he served for the duration of the war.

Jacob left behind his wife and four children, one a yet-to-be-named baby girl. During their separation, Jacob and Emeline kept up a faithful correspondence. This collection of letters is believed to be the only complete set of Civil War letters still existing today.

Jacob's Cot Quilt
Jacob’s Cot Quilt. Women throughout the North made cot-sized quilts to help support the war effort.

Jacob was eventually promoted to Captain of Company B of the 25th Iowa. He wrote of his training, marches, battles, and the brave men who served with him. The 25th Iowa served valiantly throughout the war, taking part in most of the major battles, most notably in Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Union Encampment quilt
Union Encampment. Jacob’s correspondence indicates that the soldiers made camp whenever necessary and not always in desirable locations or conditions. The triangular blocks in Union Encampment represent the rows of tents often set up in haste and taken down just as quickly as Northern troops moved under fire by Confederate forces.

Jacob’s thoughts were always with his family. He wrote often, seeking to know how they were faring, giving Emeline advice on the garden, the livestock, bills, and caring for their children. Emeline sent news of Mt. Pleasant, family, and friends. She was ever fearful of Jacob being injured or getting sick, pleading with him to come home.

Of the 1136 men who enrolled in the 25th Iowa, 39 were killed, 187 were wounded, 24 died from their wounds, 201 died of disease, 164 were discharged due to wounds or disease, and 18 were captured. The 25th Iowa proudly marched in the Grand Review in Washington DC after the war, before returning home to Iowa.

My quilts were inspired by the stories found in the Ritner letters. I hope you will enjoy the story of the Ritners, and the quilts that were inspired by them.


Quilts of Love and ValorWe have a copy of Quilts and Love and Valor to give away today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

What draws you to quilts from the Civil War era: the prints, the colors, the history?

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to be whisked away by this Civil War love story, you can purchase Quilts of Love and Valor at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.


329 Comments

  • I love the colors and fabrics from the era. The stories are an added bonus as it feeds my love for history, too!

    —Sandy Allen on May 22, 2019
  • would love a copy – the designs of the quilts is usually what draws me to them – sometimes the fabric

    Karen on May 22, 2019
  • All of the above! I love the fabrics and the traditional patterns. I would love to read the story of the letters and how they relate to the quilts.

    —Sheri Bennett on May 22, 2019
  • It’s the colors that draw me 1st to CW quilts & then the scrappiness. These are lovely patterns in this book & I really like the simplicity of the quilting which is probably what was actually done back at that point in history. Surely hope to win this book & add it to my collection. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Angelia Ulrich on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and patterns of the quilts of the civil war era, but mostly the history. I can’t get enough! But when the quilts and the history are together? Wow! Happy dance! 💃💃💃😃

    —Andrea Parks on May 22, 2019
  • Oh, how I love the colors and scrappiness of the quilts. As a transplanted Iowan I would also love to read the historical letters of the era.

    —Gail on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn to the Civil War quilts by their history and their designs.

    —Gail Mackay on May 22, 2019
  • It’s the history that draws me to these types of books and I especially love it when they have copies of letters included. It makes you feel like you are right there with the people.

    Monique on May 22, 2019
  • I believe the colors and the pattern draw me in initially and the story then ties it all together. Thanks for the opportunity to win this intriguing book of a couple who coresponded during the Civil War.

    —Cindy Pilkington on May 22, 2019
  • I love it all: the fabric (colors and prints), the simple quilt designs, and Civil War history. Sounds like a great book!

    —Dottie MACOMBER on May 22, 2019
  • I am totally enthralled with this period of history. I just finished reading a book about this time period and have a ton of civil war fabrics ready to be made into quilts. I would love to add this book to my collection and use my fabrics to make the quilts. To read the stories about the men and women who lived through these hard times makes me grateful for everything I’ve been fortunate to have.

    —Pat Belowsky on May 22, 2019
  • I especially like the way the colors blend together…and then the prints and history are added bonuses.

    —Marcia P. on May 22, 2019
  • Prints and colors…and now the stories as well! Such lovely quilts, and such a lovely story in the book!

    —Carol Weber on May 22, 2019
  • Yes, yes, and yes! The colors the stories the patterns

    —Robin Koenig on May 22, 2019
  • I just love the colors!

    —Robin Stuckman on May 22, 2019
  • I’m drawn to darker more muted colors so I love Reproduction fabrics. I enjoy history and biographies as well.

    —Jody on May 22, 2019
  • I was a history major many years ago as a college student, and have been attracted to to the stories behind the facts. I think that’s why IS Civil War inspired quilts always are my favorites. I can imagine the men and women who lived lives good and difficult.
    Thanks for the chance to win
    Cathie

    —Cathie D on May 22, 2019
  • The prints and the colors of fabrics plus the unique patterns. I would love to share this book with my Heritage Mini-group that enjoys antique quilts and quilt history.

    —Judi on May 22, 2019
  • It is the combination of history, the fabrics and the simplicity of the designs. These are all quilts that I can love and achieve.

    —Susan M Putman on May 22, 2019
  • The colors and the scrappy patterns–inviting, sparking warmth and a good feeling. The history surrounding them just adds to all of it. Thanks for the give-away.

    —Lill on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn to civil war quilts because of the colors and designs. I also have an enabler of a husband who loves civl war quilts.

    —Nancy Lewis on May 22, 2019
  • The colors & prints are the first thing that catches my attention when I see a CIVIL WAR patterned quilt. As with all quilts I want to know the story behind the quilt & it’s maker. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every quilter kept a journal of their quilts with photos & the story. Or at the very least label their quilt with the makers name and date!

    —Nikki Mahaffey on May 22, 2019
  • I love everything about Civil War quilts…the history,the fabrics and the designs. I think the colours and the patterns depict the inner strength of the people, particularly the women. I am always drawn to the Civil War quilts.

    —Ondrea on May 22, 2019
  • Repro fabrics and quilts are my favorites, both because of the colors and the history. Would love to win this book.

    —Judy Smith on May 22, 2019
  • i love the history and making quilts to match the ones my great grandmother made with her daughter (my grandmother)

    —Jo on May 22, 2019
  • I love the fabric and the designs

    —Sharon on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors, the simple patterns and the history!

    —Judy Patrick on May 22, 2019
  • I love American history, especially the Civil War era. I’m a yankee living in Ga. and inspired to make Civil War quilts. Last Christmas I made Quilts for my oldest grandsons quilts with patterns and reproduction fabrics from the Civil War era. I would love to learn more as I appreciate the era.

    Barbara Austin on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and the prints! I always like
    reading about the Civil War era. To read the letters
    that inspired each quilt would be so interesting and
    add so much to the quilt.

    —Linda Haley on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors of Civil War quilts and learning some history makes the quilts come alive.

    —Linda Gidos on May 22, 2019
  • Civil War fabrics have been my favorites for many years. Through the quilts I have made I have learned more about the War than I ever did in High School. This book would really add to this experience!

    —Dottie Alexander on May 22, 2019
  • The patterns, the fabric, but the stories most of all. I love that Becky used lighter repro fabrics in so many of these: Civil War error colors can be depressing, and that cream background brightens them up so much! I keep telling myself, no more books, then I see ones like this, and I think, one more won’t hurt!

    —Sharon Schipper on May 22, 2019
  • I love the prints and colors of civil war fabrics. They work perfectly in my Victorian home.

    —Janice Mc Laren on May 22, 2019
  • I love to read stories about the history of the United States and of the lives of the people who sacrificed so much for our freedom. I became interested in quilting while reading the book series by Jennifer Cheverini(sp). I wold love to have this book!

    —Cheryl on May 22, 2019
  • I think it is the history and colors that draws me to Civil War quilts. Growing up with 2 Great Grandmothers that lived well into their 90’s the history and colors just remind me of family and love.

    —Deena Drevs on May 22, 2019
  • Union encampment and the cover quilt are stunning! I love the colors and the scrappy-ness of many quilts of that era as they show how resourceful the women were. Women have consistently shown strength through time and hardships. I would love to win this book!

    —Jennifer P on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors used in Civil War quilts. I find them very calming.

    —Jane on May 22, 2019
  • The colors and the prints but this story sounds fascinating.

    —Sylvia on May 22, 2019
  • I love the sense of history that civil war prints give me. This book is especially interesting to me because of the personal letters of Emeline and Jacob. I can imagine pondering their words to each other as I sew.

    —Maureen on May 22, 2019
  • Living in Northern Virginia I have always had easy access to Civil War battlefield sites/museums and I love history in general. What better way to combine two passions! Quilting and history. Thanks for a chance to win!

    —Laurie Sanders on May 22, 2019
  • As a mom of someone who served in the military, and a daughter and wife of those who also served, I am always attracted to quilts that can be used for quilts of valor. We lost my nephew while he served in Iraq, and the quilts of valor that my sister received are so cherished. As an avid reader, and quilter, I enjoy reading books with a quilting theme. Love to win this book!!

    —Kathy on May 22, 2019
  • The history is so moving. I was in junior high school when my dad, an Air Force officer, was sent to Vietnam for a year. Seeing him off at the airport is a memory that hasn’t faded after 50 years. The relief of his return, the same.

    —Jetta on May 22, 2019
  • I love the combination of the muted colors and an added bonus is reading the history during that time period. While reproduction quilts always catch my eye first, I have yet to make one, so winning this would help me achieve that goal.

    —Cindy on May 22, 2019
  • My dear friend has a shop that supplies CW reenactors and makes soldiers quilts and costumes for men and women. She generously shares yardage with me. I LOVE the traditional blocks and enjoy making them in both the CW-era settings and fabrics and, then, turning the tables and using them in Modern Quilt Movement style. These blocks are our quilters’ heritage and they are timeless!

    —Marlene Clausen on May 22, 2019
  • I can’t quite put my finger on any one reason I like Civil War Quilts – I think I like them for all those reasons.

    —Terry T on May 22, 2019
  • I love the rich colors and the patterns. I think that period in history is what united the country more than anything else. Before that war, people thought of themselves as European and afterwards, they thought of themselves as Americans. That was the darkest period of our country and it is wonder we survived. We paid a very high price for our bad behavior before the war.

    I would love to read those letters.

    —Kay on May 22, 2019
  • I love the soft warm colours and I am interested to hear the stories of people, I often wonder what life was like before all the modern conveniences we enjoy today.

    —Lidwina Flavelle on May 22, 2019
  • The looks like a fabulous book. The colors, prints and the history all draw me to Civil War quilts.

    —Diane H on May 22, 2019
  • It’s the history that fascinates me. My family also has letters that my great, great uncle wrote home to his wife during the Civil War, although not a complete set.

    —Kathy R on May 22, 2019
  • I love everything about the Civil War fabrics. Getting history about the Civil War quilts is like getting the cherry on top of the ice cream!

    —Ann West on May 22, 2019
  • I love history. I have heard about concentration camps from
    a man who survived, but lost his family. I have seen the tunnels that the Japanese troops used. I am named after a great uncle who lost his life in WW 2.
    I was raised to be a Southern Lady, and I married a Yankee, from Washington state.
    I am making a Dear Jane quilt ( by hand) with civil war fabrics because I feel it helps keep history of Jane Sickle alive, and honors quilt makers of the past, present, and future.
    I also make Quilts of Valor for our brave men and women.

    —Sidney Mcwhorter on May 22, 2019
  • I’m drawn to reproduction fabrics mostly for warmth and cosy feeling of the color selections. I appreciate reading about our Civil War History and am truly blessed for the bravery and courage for our men and women during that time. The men fought so bravely and the women helped in every way possible. They fought to keep our country as One Nation and not a divided country. So when I see the quilts and fabric made in reproduction fabric it helps me to remember and appreciate my freedom. Would surely love to add this quilt book to my collection and read those touching letters.

    —Dolores Roberts on May 22, 2019
  • I love history and quilting. I love to read the stories behind the quilts from not just the Civil War but anytime in our history.

    I would love to win this book.

    —Barb Walsh on May 22, 2019
  • I love the variety of colors and patterns of the Civil War reproduction fabrics. I love learning about the history of the dying and printing process. I am amazed at some of the bright colors.

    —Julia Stavran on May 22, 2019
  • I’ve been reading a biography of U.S. Grant and his struggles to win the Civil War. And I’ve read about Mrs. Grant through Jennifer Chiaverini. These quilts are a strong reminder of a difficult, but necessary and defining time in our Nation’s history.

    —Kay Hoagland on May 22, 2019
  • As much as I am drawn by the colors of Civil War quilt fabrics, the love letters resound! As a child in NJ in the 1950’s, my family would drive to Iowa every other summer to visit my maternal grandparents on their farm in Iowa. Three years ago, my adult daughter and her family moved to Iowa due to a job transfer. Now, I get to travel to Iowa (again) to visit my grandchildren! My daughter bought a turn-of-the-century home and has embraced the history. She would cherish this book and the quilts I would make from it. Thank you, Becky Wright, for adding the love story to these nostalgic quilts.

    —Gina Milano on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn to Civil War quilts by all three but especially the stories. What an amazingly horrid period in the history of our great nation.

    —Arliene Zeigler on May 22, 2019
  • I love civil war quilts I think mainly for their colors and their more traditional patterns- but I am also interested in the history of those old quilts and the stories behind them-

    —Karen H on May 22, 2019
  • I love the traditional patterns and the history of these incredible quilts. I’m always amazed at their incredible use of color and precision at a time with so little modern conveniences to create works of art and beauty with fabric. I love history and the civil war period and would love to read this touching love story too.

    —Dayna Driscoll on May 22, 2019
  • I love to learn about the history of the Civil War era, especially when the stories are told from the perspective of everyday people. The women left behind are why we survived that awful conflict.

    —Pat on May 22, 2019
  • I’m inspired by the history, particularly because I live in middle Tennessee, site of many civil war battles… Also love the patterns & colors.

    —Marianne on May 22, 2019
  • This sounds like a lovely history book to tie in with the quilt designs!!

    —Kresti Lyddon on May 22, 2019
  • There is a warmth about the Civil War Quilts I am not sure if it is the colour the style or the thoughts that go with it– But I love them all

    Bea Donald on May 22, 2019
  • I love a good love story! This is the best of both worlds!

    —Suzanne Hicks on May 22, 2019
  • I feel the aura and pain of the soldiers and their families when I see the Quilts of Valor. No matter what the colors or the pattern there is a deep feeling of pain for what our people have lived and died through. When I visited Fort Donaldson Battlefield in Dover, TN I could feel the trauma still there from the battle. The ghosts will be there wherever the battle happened be it Confederate or Union FOREVER.

    I love every quilt shown in Quilts of Love and Valor

    —Beverly Roberts on May 22, 2019
  • The prints, the colors, AND the history. I love it all!!!

    —Christine E on May 22, 2019
  • My Great Great Grandmother had a cousin she was very close to. I have researched most of his military history and have copies of the government papers confirming his enlistment, his death during the war,and his pension that was given to his orphan daughter. I would love to have a copy of this book – in memory of my ancestor and hopefully it will encourage me to make some quilts to tell his story. Love the quilts in the book as much as the story of two real people touched by the war. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Nancy C on May 22, 2019
  • I enjoy the stories of the Civil War and the history. These quilt designs lend themselves to making scrappy quilts that I love. The traditional quilts are the best! Thank you for a chance to win the book.

    —Marsha Burwash on May 22, 2019
  • I feel like the Civil War fabrics and patterns are classics and will always be "in style".

    —Karen D Martin on May 22, 2019
  • I would have to say the prints. I like most of the fabric, print size, and colors.

    —Louise Haddon on May 22, 2019
  • I find I am drawn to the colors first, how they are placed in a pattern. I am kept interested because of the history. Thanks

    —marywallis soetebier on May 22, 2019
  • I love the color, but am so inspired by the stories.

    —Kathy S on May 22, 2019
  • I belong to Daughters of the American Revolution, and would love to use a pattern from this book to make a civil war era quilt. I’m buying it if I don’t win it because I love to read stories as well as quilt.

    —Gail P on May 22, 2019
  • I love Civil War history. Being from Iowa, I’m excited about this book!!

    —Sharyl on May 22, 2019
  • love the colors and prints of the fabrics and the simple, uncomplicated blocks; nice job

    —Mary Washburn on May 22, 2019
  • Since I began volunteering as a tour guide at Grant Cottage in Wilton, NY (where Grant completed his memoirs and spent the last few weeks of his life) I’ve developed a real interest in the Civil War. I’ve begun collecting reproduction fabrics for a quilt that I will donate to the Cottage to be raffled as a fundraiser. The love story of President Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant is inspiring, as I’m sure the story in this book is as well.

    —Mary Peryea on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn to the colors and quilt block patterns of the Civil War quilts. They have a timeless feel and i love to be surrounded by them. The history of the era combined with quilting makes this book a must have.

    —Maria L Zook on May 22, 2019
  • I’m drawn to them first because I’m a history nerd, but I truly love seeing the quilts at homes and history centers near battlefields, etc. Anna (Stonewall) Jackson’s quilt in their home in VA was a joy to see and imagine so many years ago it being quilted and enjoyed. This book would be wonderful to read and treasure!

    —Jacque on May 22, 2019
  • I love to read the history that inspires quilts. My great-grandfather served in the Civil War.

    —Cindy Fraher on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and patterns but am intrigued with all the stories and history. Having lived in both North and South Carolina and Georgia, there are lots of Civil War historical sites to visit and investigate.

    —Debra Miller on May 22, 2019
  • All 3 of your reasons. The history is so important to remember. The scrappy style is a favorite of mine especially with all the colors. Looks like a great book to add to ones library.

    —Marilynn on May 22, 2019
  • The Civil War reproduction fabrics are beautiful! The history is so interesting, especially the personal stories contained in letters.

    —Kay on May 22, 2019
  • I like the history most of all – My Grandfather Oscar Aaron Stoel was in the Civil War -yes, I am his grand daughter in my late 80’s. These are all great looking quilt patterns worth making and I will try them.

    —Audrey on May 22, 2019
  • REproduction fabrics are my go to fabric almost always. I love the patterns and the history of the Civil War days. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

    —Mary Kastner on May 22, 2019
  • The patterns and fabric draw me to Civil War quilts. I’m always amazed by the stories of the love and determination of the quilters who created these amazing pieces of history!

    —Yvonne Allen on May 22, 2019
  • My great grandfather was also in the civil war, survived Andersonville and lived to tell about it. The historical quilt patterns are dear to my heart.

    —Grace on May 22, 2019
  • I love the patterns, colors, and the history!!! I definitely would love to win a copy of this book to add to my library of civil war quilt books. Thanks so much for the chance.

    —Debby on May 22, 2019
  • I love the traditional patchwork patterns. It would be so wonderful to read the letters this couple wrote! Women certainly are tough as so often they are required to take care of everything while their men are at war!

    —Sandy on May 22, 2019
  • …probably the colors first, then prints, history, familiarity.

    —Dixie on May 22, 2019
  • Civil War quilts are my favorite! I’m drawn to the colors and designs of the fabrics, as well as the scrappiness of the blocks. Add to that my love of history and this book looks like a new favorite!

    —Robin McGuire on May 22, 2019
  • The history is fascinating.

    —Marilyn Fite on May 22, 2019
  • I’d love to have this book. I have an extensive collection of Civil War era reproductions that I could use to make some of these quilts. Also I love reading about the war and how it changed our country. We traveled 5 years ago and visited many of the Civil War sites.

    —Mary-Betty Sylvia on May 22, 2019
  • I love the prints and colours and even though I’m Canadian, I also love the Civil War era history.

    —Judith Hogan on May 22, 2019
  • All of the above, but largely the history. I love history.

    —Lori S. on May 22, 2019
  • Having always been interested in the Civil War since my husband attended Gettysburg College, i seem to be naturally drawn to the patterns and vibrant colors. They are so basic and simple, yet effective when put together. And as a lover of genealogy, I love to read old letters. So this book captures both of my interests!

    —Betty Lou Rocklein on May 22, 2019
  • Oh the History! I have a BA in American History.

    —Geri on May 22, 2019
  • Love the colors

    —Sandy on May 22, 2019
  • I love all three – the prints, colors and history! How amazing that their letters to each other also survived the war. To be a part of their love and the history in the making by reading their letters would be a privilege. And having quilts to make would be a wonderful bonus as a quilter. Thank you for publishing this book. I would be thrilled to win!

    —Sheila Fernkopf on May 22, 2019
  • I guess the history draws me initially, but then the prints. There is something so "warm" and comforting about fabrics of that era.

    —Robin M on May 22, 2019
  • Definitely a combination of the stories and the fabrics!!

    —Laurie Hackett on May 22, 2019
  • I just did a program on the history of quilt blocks and their names. Each one of the members of our guild made a block and told about its history. We had a drawing for the block and had enough that we divided the blocks and two of us won them. It was so cool because I was one of the winners. One of the interesting facts that we learned was that the Under Ground Quilts did not really have any significance in our history. That was a real bummer.

    —Kimba McCormick on May 22, 2019
  • I love the rich colors & the stories behind them

    —June on May 22, 2019
  • Though I love the patterns and colors I must say that I am a huge history buff so I really think the history draws me the most.

    —Sherry Glover on May 22, 2019
  • I find the comforting colors very appealing and also find the history very interesting.

    —Lisa on May 22, 2019
  • I love it all, the colors. The patterns and the history. My gggrandfather fought in the Civil War.

    —Dawn Eckrich on May 22, 2019
  • I live in WV, a state that came into being because Eastern VA succeeded from the Union, while Western VA refused to do so. I read and watch everything I can find about the Civil War with great interest. I would love to explore this lovely quilting book and read the letters that inspired it.

    —JENNIE P STORCH on May 22, 2019
  • I just love the wonderful rich fabrics and also the traditional quilt patterns

    —Lois J on May 22, 2019
  • I love how quilts tell a story of family, love and life over the years. On antique roadshow back in the early 2000 there was a quilt appraised for $3000. It told a family story. Inspired me to try to make a quilt for my daughters. Today, I’m an avid quilter and love the civil war reproduction fabrics.

    —Pearl Stincelli on May 22, 2019
  • The colors and the simplicity of most of the patterns.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and prints.

    —Sherry Sartin on May 22, 2019
  • I have always been fascinated by the Civil War. The stories are so heartbreaking. Sad to think that all these many years later our country is still so divided!

    —Janet Espeleta on May 22, 2019
  • I am attracted to the color and designs used with scrappy Civil War quilts. This book does a great job to reproduce these quilts and their history.

    —Jean Near on May 22, 2019
  • I like the traditional patterns, and the colours are warm and cozy.

    Nita on May 22, 2019
  • I enjoy reading stories about people who lived and fought during America’s Civil War. An added bonus is when a quilt is part of the story! I especially enjoy the Civil War patterns!

    —Gail Kling on May 22, 2019
  • I love the prints and colors, but most of all I love the stories.

    —Nancy B on May 22, 2019
  • My great grandfather fought in the civil war from Kentucky. Our family has always had a great interest. His stories were passed down.

    —Lucinda Samford on May 22, 2019
  • I love history and anything to do with quilts especially civil war quilts.

    —Deborah LeClaire on May 22, 2019
  • I would have to say all 3! I love the prints of the civil war fabrics and the deep rich colors. Then to be able to hear the story behind the quilts makes them so much more interesting to make!

    —Patty F. on May 22, 2019
  • Especially love the history and of course – with that – the quilts! It is so touching that we today make the same quilts as women in those days did! I like the CW prints a lot, but also like the historic quilts made with prints of today and the way it connects history with today. Greetings and thank you this opportunity, Francisca

    —Francisca on May 22, 2019
  • the colors draw me in, knowing the history adds to the attraction. I have this kind of quilt as the one I want to do the most. I have the fabric, just need to decide on a pattern.

    —Mary Gonzales on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colours, & patterns.

    —Sandi Kelly on May 22, 2019
  • Love the Earth colors in the civil war quilts! and the story is very interesting and puts you in the setting of that time and what men and families lived through in the past! Our history!

    —Linda Tucker on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn to the life story told in the letters and the quilts are beautiful.

    —Tonya on May 22, 2019
  • The colors and patterns dry me back to a time steeped in so much history.

    —Fay on May 22, 2019
  • What draws me to quilts from the Civil War era: the prints, the colors, or the history? All of it!!! I love learning about the past, and it’s so neat that every quilt has a story. The Civil War quilts are especially interesting because of the era and the importance of those quilts to the family… they were often necessary to survival as much as they were treasured family heirlooms. The prints and colors of the fabric are so beautiful, and when I see them I am enchanted by their beauty. They are also an important piece of history. I hope to win the book; true to my love of nostalgia, I really enjoy letter writing. I’d love to read love letters from two people who cared so much about each other, I hope I win! 🙂

    —Hope on May 22, 2019
  • This book would be a wonderful addition to my collection of quilt history books. I love the patterns and colors of the civil war quilts.

    —Peggy on May 22, 2019
  • It’s the colors that draw me first to the Civil War era quilts. I love the traditional patterns also.

    Victoria Miner on May 22, 2019
  • It’s a combination of the stories, fabrics and patterns. The history is fascinating and the patterns just seem to draw you in. Thank you for a chance to win this wonderful book.

    —connie in florissant on May 22, 2019
  • This book & the pictures make me want to make these quilts.

    —Rose C on May 22, 2019
  • I like the Civil War Quilts made with scrappy colored fabrics.

    —Sharon Stafford on May 22, 2019
  • I admit to being a history buff so the stories are an attraction, but I love the colors and the piecing.

    —Judi R on May 22, 2019
  • What draws me to Civil War Quilt are the patterns and the colors.

    —Rebecca Wright on May 22, 2019
  • Civil War reproduction fabrics are my favorite. I gravitate to those designers. Besides the beautiful colors and fabric designs, I like displays with old crocks, spools, irons etc. My sister and I have a lot of antiques. So these quilts fit right in .

    —Betty Beard on May 22, 2019
  • Love the stories and the scrappyiness of the quilts. I have lots and lots of scraps.

    —Judy on May 22, 2019
  • I like the colors in the civil war quilts. I also like the patterns.

    —Paula Young on May 22, 2019
  • I love it all, but especially the prints and colours.

    What a great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity and I really hope I win this one!

    —susan on May 22, 2019
  • All three, actually. I really like reproduction prints, and the colors used in antique quilts. I’m also a history buff, so that fits right in. To have a complete set of letters between spouses from that period is really neat!

    —Michelle P on May 22, 2019
  • I love the fabrics and the history is fascinating.

    —Susan Kellam on May 22, 2019
  • I think the patterns and the history.

    —Caryn S on May 22, 2019
  • I love civil war era quilts. They give the feel of an antique quilt. This book sounds like a really cool book. Not only the patterns but the story and history that comes with it. It sounds like a book you must have.

    —Lori T on May 22, 2019
  • I like the colors and the patterns from civil war era. I especially like the history and traveling to sites of the civil. My husband is a civil war buff so I have answers to civil war events in my family room!!

    —Gloria on May 22, 2019
  • I love the history and the fabrics.

    —Donna T on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors,print of the fabrics. The traditional patterns!

    —Annette Austin on May 22, 2019
  • Lovely Civil War fabrics. The colors look rich & the story is part of our history.

    —CJ on May 22, 2019
  • I love the prints and colors! And I find the history of the blocks interesting as well. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

    —Karen N on May 22, 2019
  • I prefer the history to the colors. The prints are okay in reds, blues, and even the tans, but the browns and golds…blech. We can easily reproduce fabrics, but especially with war and the divisiveness of the country, history should be remembered, not repeated.

    —Teri Nisbet on May 22, 2019
  • I love the fabrics in the Civil War quilts.

    —Susan Stein on May 22, 2019
  • I love the fabrics and the patterns of the civil war quilts

    —Heidi on May 22, 2019
  • The patterns are so timeless

    —Hilda Krebs on May 22, 2019
  • The history! I’m fascinated by it.

    —Jo Sunderman on May 22, 2019
  • What a wonderful book! I love the Civil War quilts, and the fact that quilters of the time provided quilts for the army men. My great grandfather fought all 4 years and lost an eye in the Civil War. Although no letters from him have survived, I do have his discharge papers and a photo of him from later years.

    —Marie Fickes on May 22, 2019
  • The entire era is fascinating…the history, the quilt designs, the somber colors!

    —Bette on May 22, 2019
  • The color, the fabric, the history each and every one draw me in.

    —Lena Truitt on May 22, 2019
  • I love the patterns and the fabrics of the Civil War era quilts, but it is the stories of the makers that touch my heart.

    —Sari Shifrin on May 22, 2019
  • I love the richness and depth of the colors but I also enjoy reading the history. It is amazing what the soldiers and their families had to endure.

    —Cathy W. on May 22, 2019
  • Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan Canada
    Everything about the civil war has always intrigued me.
    The dresses. The love stories. The families.
    The romantic side of it I guess.
    I think that is why reproduction civil war quilts inspire me!
    In the age we live in, there should be only happiness. And there isn’t.
    These civil war men and women from both sides would be disgusted by a lot of what they see today if they were here!
    I look forward to reading your book!!

    —Catherine Zerr on May 22, 2019
  • The idea of this books fascinates me. My own great-father fought in the Civil War, and some of his letters were used as a basis for a book written by my aunt–no quilt patterns, though. I look forward to reading this one, and seeing the quilt patterns that accompany the story.

    —Elizabeth D Smith on May 22, 2019
  • I love all of them but especially the rich colors and history. I have some documentation about my great-grandfather in the Civil War. A fascinating part of my family history. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Sherry B on May 22, 2019
  • I got hooked on Civil War quilts when I completed an Underground Railroad quilt many years ago. I love the fabrics, designs, and quilt shops that enlighten my quest for historical quilts and their story they tell.

    —Rose A. Estrada on May 22, 2019
  • While i love the fabrics for me the history is the real draw.

    —Heather Miles on May 22, 2019
  • Originally from Iowa, I’ve been collecting books that give history and recipes and patterns for my mother and I. This would be a fabulous addition. The stories sound amazing and I love the rich, dark colors of these antique quilts.

    Jane Cisneros on May 22, 2019
  • All of the above. 🙂 Looks like a great book. Thanks

    —Kathleen McQ on May 22, 2019
  • I love the fabrics of the Civil War period and have many of them. I tend to migrate to those colors in my collection whether authentic reproductions or not. I also love to read stories from history and share them with my granddaughter who has a similar interest in history and quilting as I. I would love to ad that book to my collection.

    —Barbara Theriault on May 22, 2019
  • I love civil War era quilts because of the rich history that follows them. Learning about the women in this era and why they designed each quilt. I feel these quilts are filled with more emotion, love, and timeless stories than most all quilts made today. These beautiful quilts must be respected and passed down for generations to come.

    —Amanda Overstreet on May 22, 2019
  • I love using ALL colors to quilt with, but am especially drawn to the Civil War colors.

    —MamiB on May 22, 2019
  • I would say "all of the above"! I love traditional looking quilts and knowing there is a history behind them makes them even more meaningful

    —Carmen on May 22, 2019
  • The history is where it starts and then I fine tune with colors and design.

    —Kathie Curley on May 22, 2019
  • I have a sizeable stash of Civil War reproduction fabrics and have been waiting for just the right patterns to use them. I would love to win this book.

    —Wanda Doehne on May 22, 2019
  • Civil War history fascinates me and I enjoy reading about the people who actually experienced what we have only read in the history books. I enjoy the colors and meaningful patterns of if the Civil War quilts!

    —Mary Hines on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and the fabric in reproduction quilts.

    —Karen A on May 22, 2019
  • All Three!!!! Love the colors, the patterns and the stories are always fascinating!

    —Barbara Emig on May 22, 2019
  • I have a friend who LOVES history & civil war inspired quilts! Rather than sharing this post with her, I thought I’d enter to win it & give it to her if I do! She’s my best buddy & when my husband was recovering from is life-saving surgery 2 months ago, she was my rock! I feel she really deserves this as a thank you from my husband & me! Thanks for the opportunity! Love, love, love Martingale books!!!! Y’all do such a great job with all your quilting books. 🙂 ❣️

    Thank you, Jan, that brightens our day – and good luck to your bestie! –Jenny

    —Jan Behm on May 22, 2019
  • I love everything about them, I have a stash just waiting for the right patterns…I would love to have this book

    —Jenny on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and the prints that blend so well together. It is hard to tell if most of the blocks were made from scraps but for me, the color coordinations were so balanced. As it is said, less is more. The creativity of these quilts is so inspiring.

    —Lynn Darcy on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and fabrics from this era. The patterns use small pieces which enabled women from that time to use what they had on hand.

    —Sue F on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn to the colors in the quilts. They’re different from the colors in modern quilts. They make me
    appreciate the contrast.
    Quilts have been important in providing an outlet for women’s creativity for many years…they l

    —Donna Kopp on May 22, 2019
  • I have always been interested in the Civil War era of history. When I first spoke as a child it was with a Southern accent I’m told….yet no one in the family was Southern. Now I live in Iowa (Davenport) and would very much love to quilt part of Iowa history. And I love scrappy quilts too.

    —Linda Jarnecke on May 22, 2019
  • I must say all three draw me to Civil War Quilts, they are all linked . The colour leads tobthe pattern then leads to the story.

    —Kerry Grose on May 22, 2019
  • The colors of Civil War era quilts are what first drew me to them. Now I am enjoying the history behind the quilts and colors!

    —Kathy Kranenburg on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn to the civil war quilts by the story and patterns but mostly by the colors. I am not a new quilter but am intrigued by these combinations. I find choosing fabrics my bigger challenge as I desperately want to express a feeling in the creation. Perhaps one day I will master this. Thank you for sharing this beautiful book. Lynne GG May 22, 2019

    —Lynne Gorbahn on May 22, 2019
  • I have lived in Florida and Georgia my whole life. I love the stories from the civil war and have visited a lot of the battlefields. I have been a quilter for almost 50 years and would love to have the book to add to my collection.

    —Melinda Harman on May 22, 2019
  • For me it is the lifestyle of those who found themselves caught up in the middle of the war or those who were left behind. Women still made beautiful things while all around them was carnage and loss. They represent the strong spirits these women must of had. I feel I know more about the us Civil War than I do about our own Maori Wars which happened not long before. My ancestors still made the journey half way around the world to an unknown land to make a better life for themselves. That must have taken guts to do. And all while wearing the beautiful fabrics in inappropriate clothing!

    —Suzanne Elliott on May 22, 2019
  • I love history and I am drawn to the colors.

    —Barb on May 22, 2019
  • I would say all of the above. It was a sad time for all who lived through that era…..

    —Cindy Berry on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and the prints of the civil war quilts.

    —Nancy Norris on May 22, 2019
  • I love the history of the quilts

    —Susan Cahill on May 22, 2019
  • I just love the civil war era quilts because of the history and in the fact that they used what material they had using pieces from shirts, dresses, flour sacks and the memories that those scraps would bring of a loved one and it was a time that women sat together to visit while they stitched.

    —Lezlie Darnell on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn to the history of quilts & the civil war

    —Debra Reber on May 22, 2019
  • I love to read the stories of the Civil War quilts.

    —Jill Hicks on May 22, 2019
  • What a lovely way to have a quilt book, with letters from a genuine Civil couple. Making the quilts while thinking of their letters and being separated for four long years, would add more feelings and stories to each quilt.

    —Diane Russell on May 22, 2019
  • Started quilting in1975,loved civil war quilts then and still do today.theymake me feel calm,love the colors and really love the STORIES behind the quilts.

    —Sharon on May 22, 2019
  • I am drawn the the history. Then the piecing, colors and hues of the antique quilts. I adore the reproduction prints.
    Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win a copy!!!

    —Kim Marie Quade on May 22, 2019
  • I love the links to history and the amazing stories that are such an inspiration. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    —Meredith on May 22, 2019
  • Quilts from the Civil War era provide a more "up close and personal" view of the larger historical context. We all hear about the big battles, but the quilts (like the cot quilts) provide a tangible link to the personal stories.

    —Stephanie on May 22, 2019
  • I like the colors of antique quilts and civil war quilts.

    —LETHA SPARKS on May 22, 2019
  • I love everything about Civil War Quilts! The history, the quilt designs and the colors-just seem to pull me right in!!

    —Susan Perry on May 22, 2019
  • Although I am from Seattle my mother was from Mississippi so we definitely felt part of the South. I can’t wait to read this book

    —Jearit Grennan on May 22, 2019
  • I live in Illinois, the land of Lincoln and have enjoyed researching the war from this “side”. I am originally from the South and I grew up there. Fun to learn more about the Northern views. I love the look f Civil War quilts and the fabrics are so rich.

    —Sharon Lowy on May 22, 2019
  • My attraction to Civil War fabrics is probably most of all the colors and how they blend together. I think they are comforting. I also have been quilting for 50 years(that is scary). I have a small collection of letters from ancestor who fought in the Civil War. And I can trace my ancestry to the Mayflower and also America Indian. The whole era is fascinating and I still live in New England.
    Kathi

    —Kathi Caisse on May 22, 2019
  • All of it! The history, the color and the prints. I started off loving modern quilts but my taste has changed and now I love civil war quilts. I still like the modern, but the past has my heart. Thanks

    —Glenda Hollander on May 22, 2019
  • I love the block patterns and the fabrics, just the whole thing!

    —Becky L. on May 22, 2019
  • I particularly like the history.

    —Regina Harris on May 22, 2019
  • I really like the colors that are found in these quilts, and the stories are tearjerkers. We lost so much in this country during this war.

    —Stephanie Woodward on May 22, 2019
  • I love the history of the civil war era and the meaning of the quilts

    —Lynne Marie LaVallee on May 22, 2019
  • The history definitely.

    —Beth Burnett on May 22, 2019
  • I like thinking about the person who made the quilts I see from that period. We have no idea what the families went through during this period of our history and I can’t help but wonder who the person making the quilt was thinking about during the process. It also fascinates me to see how they were able to use such a limited supply of fabrics to make such amazing quilts.

    —Deb on May 22, 2019
  • The stories behind the quilts are what intrigue me.

    —Linda Taylor on May 22, 2019
  • I love the fabric and colors from this era. The history is fascinating and the touch of romance helps to soften the hard times

    —Sheila Hewitt on May 22, 2019
  • I’ve always been fascinated by the Civil War and love the reproduction fabrics! I have the copy of a letter, dated March 1, 1865, that my 2nd Great Grandfather wrote to his sister when he was in occupied New Orleans. He was also at the battle of Vicksburg and his name is in the Illinois monument. I was fortunate to be able to take my Dad to New Orleans and actually walk where he was camped.

    —Mary Lou Burges on May 22, 2019
  • The prints – I love them especially when they are bright.

    —Janet Olmstead on May 22, 2019
  • I love anything pertaining to the civil war, especially the rich colors of the fabrics used in making the quilts.

    —Jan Horn on May 22, 2019
  • I love the colors and the prints.
    They make any room feel warm and homey.

    —Lisa on May 22, 2019
  • My family, current and historically, has had many members who have served in the various branches of the service during all of our conflicts, and also during peace-time service. When I see a quilt such as this Civil War quilt, I feel so much pride in the service of our men and women and the sacrifices that they and their families made, that I want to show this through my quilt-making endeavors. The stories that the various blocks represent just make them seem to "come alive", and the colors are symbolic of the time. I love the history of that time and the stories that come from it. I would love to have this book!!

    —Margaret Chambers on May 22, 2019
  • I love the subtle colorations. They make restful quilts.

    —Kathie L on May 22, 2019
  • I try to understand the struggles of everyday life,for the men and the women left behind.I love the history of the period.I buy civil war fabrics and quilt books.They warm and break my heart at the same time.Also ,I love the darker ,more muted colors

    —Peggy Kanz on May 22, 2019
  • I was first drawn to civil war quilts because of the colors and patterns and then reading about the history of the quilts got me completely hooked! I find it all so fascinating! Quilts of Love and Valor looks to be an awesome book not only for the history of the real love letters from that time but Becky Wright’s interpretation of the kind of quilts made from that era are just beautiful!! Thanks for a chance to win!
    Carmen

    —Carmen Montmarquet on May 22, 2019
  • I just love civil war quilts! The colors and prints are beautiful…I love the history of the patterns and the stories of how the quilts came about. This is also my favorite time period in history. I love reading historical fiction and autobiographical stories from this time. The colors look fantastic in my house!

    —Cindy Hoover on May 22, 2019
  • If I could have lived in the past, it would have been in the Civil War era. These quilts bring back the essence of the time by their colors and the stories behind them.

    —Donna M on May 22, 2019
  • The prints and colors and the way they look after quilting…happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Anna brown on May 22, 2019
  • I love the connection to the past, and am grateful to have so many lovely fabrics to use while so many then had only precious scraps.

    —Gloria Fradsham on May 22, 2019
  • The history is fascinating, and we are all fortunate that the patterns were passed forward for future generations to use, appreciate, and enjoy!

    —Marilyn F Schneider on May 22, 2019
  • The history draws me to quilts from the Civil War era. I find it fascinating to imagine how the people lived and even how they quilted in days gone by.

    —Linda M on May 22, 2019
  • I especially like the historical stories about the quilts.

    —Sue Lerch on May 22, 2019
  • I enjoy the history of the quilts. But really love the style and the look of the quilts. I’ve always been drawn the the older style quilts.

    —Ruth on May 22, 2019
  • The patterns, the prints, colors, the history–all of that. But also because we live in an old house in an old town, and the Civil War soldiers marched right by our house on their was to Gettysburg. I’ve wished so many times the walls could talk to tell me about life way back when!

    —Gail on May 22, 2019
  • The History is so interesting, The colours so different to the ones I have from my Grandmothers quilts.

    —Elizajane on May 22, 2019
  • I have always loved reading and studying about the Civil War. So much of who we are today comes from this time period so of course these quilts draw me in.

    —Christi on May 22, 2019
  • I enjoy the history of the civil war and the quilts are part of that.

    —Judy on May 22, 2019
  • I love the the colors and the wonderful prints. The detail and imagination of repro prints is just amazing!!!

    —Helen L on May 22, 2019
  • I like quilts telling real stories .

    —Yolande95 on May 22, 2019
  • I love the deep rich colors or the era. Quilts made of these fabrics are always striking in their beauty

    —Nancy C on May 23, 2019
  • I love scrap quilts. They remind me of the quilts my grandmother would make. So the Quilts of the Civil War era are perfect. Knowing that they tell a story makes them extra special. I think we often forget to tell the story in our quilts today. Also love the colors and prints.

    —Darliss Peabody on May 23, 2019
  • I love the fabrics from that era because of their colors and attachment to the past. I am presently working on a Civil War era quilt, Civil War Chronicles, and am inspired by the stories of sacrifice, bravery, and love that the stories contain

    —Carolyn Block on May 23, 2019
  • I love the fabric in that period…They are simple and pleasing colors and I love the small print in the material….

    —sandy coggins on May 23, 2019
  • I’ve been fascinated with the Civil War since early elementary school. The history is personal and easy to slip into. Since I became a quilter 12 years ago, I’ve been drawn to the rich colors of the reproduction fabrics. Fabrics and patterns that have so much history are just wanting to be used to tell their story.

    —Robbin Golden on May 23, 2019
  • I think the most interesting thing about Civil War quilts would be the prints and colors of the fabrics. While the background is very interesting, and I am interested in quilt history, the fabrics draw me in.

    —Mary Lou on May 23, 2019
  • I like all of the choices, the colors and smaller prints that are not lost when they are cut. I think of the history and my grandparents when I see those fabrics.

    —JudyD on May 23, 2019
  • The history and personal stories are very heartwarming. I also am drawn to the beautiful fabrics.

    —Judy Paulsen on May 23, 2019
  • I love the colors and the patterns/blocks and the stories they tell.

    Lu Rae Smith on May 23, 2019
  • It is, possibly, the colors for me. So very homey! Thank you.

    Danette Stankovich on May 23, 2019
  • I love the rich colors and traditional quilt patterns. It’s What got me into quilting!

    —Sharon Ray on May 23, 2019
  • I love the designs and the colors of the reproduction fabrics. They are just so warm and wonderful. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity!

    —Sue H on May 23, 2019
  • The prints. But the colors are a close second. And, who can resist a good story?

    —Diana O on May 23, 2019
  • Love the colors of Civil War quilts! They are so warm and comforting.

    —Bonnie on May 23, 2019
  • I am drawn to the various fabrics based on the colors and the history behind the color. They all seem to complement each other. I am always on the lookout for more colors to add to my collection.

    —Barb on May 23, 2019
  • The fabric colors and patterns are beautiful! The history of the blocks are always fun to know!

    —Teresa on May 23, 2019
  • I really love this book, I love vintage quilts, the fabrics and the colors really draw me in.

    —Karen Ferris on May 23, 2019
  • The prints & colors draw me to them.

    —Patricia Anderon on May 23, 2019
  • I love a good love story. Also love scrappy type quilts with lots of different coordinating colors and all things vintage!

    —Vickie on May 24, 2019
  • This book would be perfect for my collection. I am fascinated with Civil War stories, quilts and fabric. I love the reproduction fabrics from that era and would enjoy making a few of the quilts in this book.

    Marge Reeder on May 24, 2019
  • War is never plesant, but the stories and the quilts that were used to tell a tale or keep a loved one warm are most interesting.

    —Carole Coley on May 24, 2019
  • I love the prints and colors!

    —Sharon Browne on May 24, 2019
  • The stories are interesting. Thank you for the contest!

    —Gwen H. on May 24, 2019
  • The stories, the colors, the patterns – all are inspiring!

    —Sheila on May 24, 2019
  • What a lovely combination-love stories and quilts that represent them. love the history.

    —Elaine Swatniki on May 24, 2019
  • I love the history of that period!

    —Kris B on May 24, 2019
  • I would love to win this book. I have a collection of Civil War fabrics that I need to use.

    —Sylvia L on May 24, 2019
  • I am always drawn to the colors.

    —Janet on May 24, 2019
  • I love the colors of civil war reproduction quilts – so warm and comforting. And they are made even richer by the background and history of each block or quilt pattern. Repros are my favorite fabrics to work with!

    —Sherryl Wynne on May 24, 2019
  • The rich color and design in the fabrics makes this an absolute favorite color palette. That your quilts were inspired by these letters make the book a must have! Thanks for the review and a chance to win.

    —karen on May 24, 2019
  • i love the history of it and making a Civil War quilt brings those feelings home to me

    —Jill Finger on May 24, 2019
  • The Civil War era intrigues and I’m drawn to the stories and the quilts with their patterns and colors of that era.

    —Barbaraben on May 24, 2019
  • I think I would have to say all of them. I love the colors and prints of the fabrics. And, the stories of what people had to endure and learning about their lives inspires me.

    —Donna W on May 24, 2019
  • I’m drawn by the prints the colors and the history! All of it. I love looking at the quilts in local historical museums.

    —Rita Nichols on May 24, 2019
  • I always love civil war quilts and their vibrant colours, this story of their lives would be fascinating!

    —Dianna Michie on May 24, 2019
  • I LOVE all three – prints, colors, and stories. I read through every quilt book that I purchase.

    —Kyra Franz on May 24, 2019
  • I love the fabric and learning about blocks and history of the era.

    —Linda Christianson on May 24, 2019
  • I love the colors of the fabric and then the blocks.

    —Linda Christianson on May 24, 2019
  • Love to read about the Civil War, and then a little love story to go along with it, perfect. The quilts are beautiful in this book

    kathy on May 24, 2019
  • First and always the stories but the prints and colors soothe me. Thanks for the giveaway …

    —Rosemary on May 24, 2019
  • Absolutely the prints. The intricacy is fascinating, given that this was fairly early in ‘modern’ textile production.

    —Carolyn Blakeney on May 24, 2019
  • I love the thought of being able to read letters from the Civil War era as I am recreating reproduction quilts,

    —Karen McMahon on May 24, 2019
  • The colors, stories and historical significance of the era.

    —Gail Tooke on May 24, 2019
  • The prints and the colors draw me to civil war era quilts and the stories are wonderful to hear too.

    —Helen on May 24, 2019
  • I cannot really pinpoint the reason that I love Civil War quilts and fabrics. It has to be a combination of the history – I am a real Americana fan – the colors, all those lovely browns and reds and pinks and the patterns. Am drawn to both those that have a limited palette as well as the scrappier ones, guess I am just hooked!

    —patricia vastine on May 24, 2019
  • I love the history and the quilts. A beautiful book and story and I have fabric I would love to use in several of these quilts.

    Lorene S on May 24, 2019
  • i have always been interested in Civil War history since a young girl growing up in South Carolina. I love the stories, the fabrics as I have always liked the colors of autumn, as well as the traditional patterns from that period. Love this book!!

    —Helen Glover on May 24, 2019
  • My love of History and my love of quilting lead me to really want to read this book. I salute the study and hard work, along with a strong commitment to this family, that had to have gone into this book! Can’t wait to read it!

    —Deborah Fields on May 24, 2019
  • The history is what inspires me … the stories of the people who lived it. Thank you for such dedication.

    —bookboxer on May 24, 2019
  • Whether a simple or complex pattern, I admire the women who made beautiful quilts with limited tools and fabrics. They are all precious!

    —Carolyn Sands on May 24, 2019
  • The history and the fabrics.

    —Elaine on May 24, 2019
  • I love all things old. My house is full of antiques. I also love scrappy quilts. The book is perfect for me. I also do genealogy, so history is part of my DNA.

    —Judy Purcell on May 24, 2019
  • I like it all–the prints, the color and the history!! would love to win this book–looks great.

    —Barb K on May 24, 2019
  • I enjoy the fabric colors and block patterns. I just saw my first reenactment skirmish in April and it was interesting.

    —Joye Cox on May 24, 2019
  • As a descendant of a soldier who fought for Ohio in the Civil War, I find the stories fascinating. The quilts shown above are simply gorgeous. What a great idea to pair the quilt patterns with the inspirational letters during that difficult time in our country’s history.

    —SBrewer on May 24, 2019
  • I love the more subdued colors of civil war quilts, and the more old fashioned blocks. This looks like a wonderful book. The history really helps!

    —Susan S on May 24, 2019
  • The colors and prints draw me in, but I really want the history.

    —Judy Palmer on May 24, 2019
  • I am drawn to Civil War patterns because my husband’s great grandfather lost his life in the battle at Appomattox.

    Joyce on May 24, 2019
  • The colors and prints inspires me

    —Rommy van Houten on May 24, 2019
  • The colors are appealing, but I especially like the history. My great-grandfather from Illinois was a Captain in the Union army. He was in Washington, D.C. at the time of President Lincoln’s assassination and consequentially part of the honor guard that brought Lincoln back to Illinois.

    —Sally Woodley on May 24, 2019
  • I love the colors and the history. I am drawn to historical sewing, quilting, and embroidery.

    —Sharon Aurora on May 24, 2019
  • I have always been interested in Civil War history. I love the colors of the reproduction fabrics. I have been to Gettysburg twice in the last three years. I would like to go again. Beautiful quilts in the book. Can’t wait to
    get a copy.

    —Peggy Wise on May 24, 2019
  • I love the color, prints, and history of the civil war era quilts. They are so warm and inspiring.

    —Diane Coble on May 24, 2019
  • I’m inspired by the history of the quilts and the stories that inspired their making.

    —Linda M on May 24, 2019
  • I love the history of that time and the colors and shapes in these quilts.

    —Ola Norman on May 24, 2019
  • The quilts in this book are amazing.I am drawn to civil war reproduction fabrics and have made many quilts with them. A book with some much personal history and quilt patterns is a treasure!!

    —Myra Henry on May 24, 2019
  • I love the stories and the colors. Very pretty quilts in this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea Yarolim on May 24, 2019
  • I think it is the stories that draw me in. It is so important to remember our history, and the quilts are a great way to catch people’s attention.

    —laurie on May 24, 2019
  • The colors, the patterns and the history!

    —Renée Welton on May 24, 2019
  • I love the shirting fabrics! And the make do attitude.

    —Rosalie on May 24, 2019
  • I really like the colors and the fabrics in the quilts of that era and would love to add this book to my sewing room. History is always fascinating.

    —Nancy Dumeny on May 24, 2019
  • I love the history but am especially drawn to the colors and the pattern. This sounds like a must have book!

    —Patricia Ludwiczak on May 24, 2019
  • I love everything! The colors, fabrics, design and the history.
    Looks like an amazing book! Fingers crossed!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

    —usairdoll on May 24, 2019
  • Living in the south, the Civil War is still real, there are historic signs on corners, and battlefield parks … it continues to touch lives as well as impact daily life.

    —Kay on May 24, 2019
  • Definitely the history first, prints second then colors third. What a neat story to be able to read.

    —Carla Toppass on May 25, 2019
  • All of it is fascinating, the colors coordinate and the patterns have a meaning behind them. The story is interesting I hope I get to read the rest of it. Thank you!

    —Linda A Foust on May 25, 2019
  • I love the history! It is the stories behind the quilts that always intrigue me.

    —Janna Lee on May 25, 2019
  • I love everything about Civil War Quilts! The colors and patterns, and the history of what the makers were going through. Amazing how they made so many beautiful quilts during such trying times!

    —Caryn Goulden on May 25, 2019
  • The stories capture my imagination. I love the colorful quilts as well.

    —Cheryl Wright on May 25, 2019
  • While doing my ancestry search,I found many of my family,served in Civil War.some of the stories I came upon were very similar to the family portrayed in this book. It left me with such a feeling that I will never forget. I ended up making a trip toVirginia to vist man, homes and living relatives. Also cemeteries including some confederate cemeteries. Also I am a quilter so I am sure I would enjo this book immensely. Donna McCorack

    —Donna McCormack on May 25, 2019
  • I am drawn to quilts from Civil War era mostly because of their scrappy patterns and very rich colors. The history is also interesting. These patterns have stood the test of time.They tend to help us use our stash so are sometimes economical. Mostly I am drawn to the rich colors and rich looking prints that blend well with each other.

    —Lynnette on May 25, 2019
  • I love the fabrics and colors but I think its the history that really interests me.I live in a precivil war house in upstate NY. I would love to decorate with these quilts.

    Christine Charlebois on May 25, 2019
  • All three. I love the scrappiness and particularly enjoy the stories do the time.

    —Judyk on May 25, 2019
  • I LOVE the stories! The colors are a real draw, also.

    Kathleen Wheatley on May 25, 2019
  • Civil War fabrics always surprise me with the unexpected brightness of their colors and the "modern" look of some of their patterns. It reminds me that I shouldn’t make assumptions, and I need to think of people in the past as three-dimensional men and women, not stiff, sepia-toned figures out of old pictures.

    —Beth T. on May 25, 2019
  • I think it is the colors first and the prints second. The colors are just so rich and warm.

    Joy P on May 25, 2019
  • Definitely the history! My husband’s family can trace their history back to the Civil War, with generation after generation serving our country. Couldn’t be prouder to be part of the family!

    —Jade on May 26, 2019
  • I love it all – the prints and the colors are classic, and if there is a story, it complete the circle.

    —Michaela on May 26, 2019
  • I love civil war quilts! Mostly the colors and the history. Love old quilts like my Grandma made

    —Roberta Moore on May 27, 2019
  • All of the above!

    —Carol Koehn on May 27, 2019
  • The colors draw me in first…then the pattern. Both are enhanced by the history or background of the quilt. The love letters are just the icing on the cake!

    —Cheryl Buckler on May 27, 2019
  • I like the quilt patterns with the civil war fabrics and colors. They just say wrap up in me and enjoy a good book.

    Sandra Bonow on May 27, 2019
  • We visited Gettysburg last summer on holiday, the history of the war and the stories of the women drew me in. I also loved the colours of the fabrics.

    —Wendy Buchanan on May 27, 2019
  • My so has been a civil war fan since he was a little boy (now 40). I have been to many battle sights to help him learn more about the war.

    —Betty Ferguson on May 28, 2019
  • The prints, the colors, and the history all draw me towards Civil War quilts. The ability of the women to create such beautiful quilts without the benefit of all the modern tools that we have is pretty incredible. And the fact that when times get tough, the women still carry on using whatever materials they can find. I have great admiration for the women and the times they lived in.

    —Ann West on May 28, 2019
  • The stories behind the quilts.

    Janice McConnell on May 28, 2019
  • I love the small prints and the colors of the fabric.

    —Susan on May 28, 2019
  • I have always been drawn to anything historical, w/history being my favorite subject in school. When I first became interested in quilting and found out that lines of civil war reproductions were produced and available, I was on it. I like combination of the muted colors along with the antique look of the prints.

    —Annette F. on May 28, 2019
  • I am drawn to the fortitude of the quiltmakers. Without our modern conveniences, they made quilts of beauty rich with history.

    —Kathleen McCarthy on May 28, 2019

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