NEW: Country Threads’ Civil War quilt patterns – and the stories of Civil War heroines

Create spectacular Civil War–style quilts and read stories of the amazing women from this time in history. The best-selling design team of Country Threads—Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene—will introduce you to them in A Country’s Call.

Reach back in time and visit 14 heroines of the Civil War. Then, create an array of beautiful quilts inspired by the stories of these courageous women. From a simple string quilt:


First Lessons

To a small beauty that’s perfect for beginning paper piecers:


Noble Cause

To spectacular scrap quilts bursting with hundreds of fabrics:


Crazy Like a Fox

Each project in A Country’s Call captures the distinct look of antique quilts from the era.

Rounding out this beautiful book are authentic photos and true accounts of Civil War history that will draw in quilters and Civil War buffs alike.


The story of Annie Lorinda Blair Etheridge . . .


Inspired this Daughters of the Regiment quilt.

For a historical perspective of women who lived during the Civil War, Mary and Connie invited historian Tanya Tullos to write the introduction to the book. She has a PhD in Educational Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University. Here’s a fascinating excerpt from that introduction:

“In the years leading up to and through the Civil War in the United States, women worked hard to defend and support their families, to fight for the causes they believed in, and to convince others of the rightness of their own beliefs. Much of what is known about women’s lives, work, and efforts during these times is the result of passionate letters, diaries carefully describing people and events, newspapers that tell of current events, and official records of wartime service. With no telephones, no email, and no instant notifications, news often took days or weeks to filter throughout the nation. Letters, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and other treasured documents were often saved, just as scraps of cloth and locks of hair were preserved.

Few suspected that the war between the States would last for years. Men, women, and children suffered during the war and in its aftermath, experiencing hunger, heartbreak, and even death. The women especially took on new roles, including soldiering, nursing, spying, farming, and working outside their homes, while trying to get through the war years.

It is not the war itself that we treasure; it is the great courage, persistence, and commitment of these women to those things that they held dear. By reaching out to the past, hopefully we can be more prepared to work for a better present in our own lives and for a better future for all.”


More from A Country’s Call

The women celebrated in A Country’s Call are captivating, as are the 14 quilt designs. To enter to win a copy of the book, tell us in the comments:

A mother, a sister, a grandmother, a friend: is there a woman in your life who has inspired you?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. And if you’d like to read more of the stories from A Country’s Call—and start making one of Country Threads’ gorgeous quilts!—you can purchase the book at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! Your comments were amazing–we enjoyed reading them all! The random winner is Rita S who says:

"As a woman in my 60s there are many people who have inspired me. Right now I would say my quilting buddy has inspired me the most. We try to get together to quilt and when we can’t we send text or emails to keep up on what we are working on. When one of us is procrastinating too long we give a nudge with the saying “Done is better than perfect” or it’s “Perfectly imperfect”. It works for us. Did I mention she lives right next door to me! How perfect is that!  If I should win this book it would go to her as I have ordered the book for myself. Thanks for the giveaway and your great books. Mary and Connie would be proud!"

We’ll email you about your prize, Rita–congratulations!


250 Comments

  • There are lots of women who have inspired me. My grandmother went to school at night so she could stay ahead of her kids and help them with their homework, my mother who lived through many hardships as a child, a dead friend who has gone through multiple surgeries for cancer, just to name a few. Inspiration is everywhere if you just look! 😊

    —Sandy Allen on November 20, 2019
  • this book looks wonderful all the patterns you show are ones that I would make with my scraps. I guess the women that inspired me the most would be Mom! Always there for me

    Karen on November 20, 2019
  • The one the only Auntie Barb!

    —jackie norwood on November 20, 2019
  • I grew up in a small rural community. There were many women there who were contemporaries of my grandmother. They had raised their families during the depression and World War II. They were strong women. I never knew that women were considered weak because of the example these women set.

    —Cindy Fraher on November 20, 2019
  • So many women in my life have inspired me! My mother-in-law for sure especially in the areas of sewing and quilting. We made my wedding dress in 14 hours for under $30!

    —Theresa Powers on November 20, 2019
  • My mother, who is 90, still works on quilts almost everyday and donates them to her church to be given to new babies and nursing home residents. Her eyesight has gotten very limited and she sometimes needs help with some of the steps, but she won’t give up. At her church’s last quilting bee, she donated 20 quilts!

    —Marilyn Beckley on November 20, 2019
  • It is so hard to choose just one. My mother and grandmother were awesome women. The woman I want to honor owns a quilt shop in our community. When my kids were small & I had a hard time making ends meet, she hired me to make quilts for her shop. She taught me a lot about quilting but mainly about kindness. Her shop is closing because she is in her 90s and is ready for some down time. Everyone in our area loves her. I honor Natalie at The Quilt Box.

    —Kay of Cincinnati on November 20, 2019
  • My greatgrandmother, Virginia (Ginny Crawford), pieced many quilt tops with leftover fabric from dresses, aprons, etc. Later, my mother had them hand-quilted for me. Earlier memories from my grandmother’s trunk with their tops piqued my interest in my lifelong hobby and passion. My granddaugther slept under a quilt rack showcasing my greatgrandmother’s simple life of no scrap left behind. Ginny was a simple woman but here quilts are works of art to me. Thanks for listening.

    —Judy Atkinson on November 20, 2019
  • My mother is the woman who inspires me the most – a great lady who dealt with adversity with kindness and love. Her life was too short.

    —Saroja on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother inspired me! I would love going to sleepovers to learn crocheting, knitting and quilting. I’m 51 now and I still have the sunbonnet sue/overall sam hand appliqued quilt she made me with wonderful green and white gingham print for the borders. And to top it off – the back of the quilt is a log cabin! A two-for-one quilt. I wish she was alive today to see all the notions that she could have used.

    —Diane on November 20, 2019
  • My mother was an inspiration to me. How she raised 5 children as well as worked outside the home taught me a strong work ethic. Yet, she found time to sew clothes for the family and do some crafts including quilting. I am sure my love of all things related to sewing came from her example.

    —Charlotte Schindler on November 20, 2019
  • My sister was making a quilt when she lived in Chico. We came to visit for Thanksgiving and I was in awe….with just about everything she did as I am the little sister. I kept in mind for many years and had a few feeble attempts till I was blessed with taking my first quilt class. Life hasn’t been the same since 🙂
    The Civil War offerings are beautiful!

    —Loris Mills on November 20, 2019
  • My Aunt, who is now deceased, has inspired me to sew quilts myself. Thank you.

    Danette Stankovich on November 20, 2019
  • My mother worked hard making quilts with scissors and cardboard. At the time I could not understand why she as cutting up fabric to sew it back again. Sooo much work. I wish she were here today to see the things I have made with new tools. My mother did not have any books to reference like this lovely quilt book, “A Country’s Call”.

    Judy Beckwith on November 20, 2019
  • My mother inspires so much admiration. She survived the depression years, growing up in a family who lost their business, lost two siblings to tuberculosis, and began her marriage in a rented room. She still emerged a very positive person, admired by anyone her knew her

    —Judy Smith on November 20, 2019
  • My mother always inspired me as she was a nurse during WWII and cared for both allied soldiers and German prisoners of war with equal compassion.

    —Kerry Linklater on November 20, 2019
  • I love the Civil War era quilts. This book looks amazing. I will be definitely be buying one. Hopefully I’ll win one.

    —Mary-Betty Sylvia on November 20, 2019
  • My mother was my biggest inspiration. She taught me to sew,knit,cook and bake. She was a wonderful person. She passed away 2 years ago just short of her 91st birthday.I still wish I could pick up the phone and talk to her. She was the person I could talk about things in my life and she always enjoyed hearing about my ongoing projects.

    —Carol Wilkie on November 20, 2019
  • My mother is my inspiration. She courageously fought breast cancer for five years and died 31 years ago at age 50. She never said an unkind word about anyone and was always cheerful. She taught me how to sew, how to be a wife and mother and for a short time, I was able to see her be a grandmother to my children. She was my best friend. I miss her laughter and wish she could have lived to see my children grow up. I wish should could meet my twin grandsons. To this day, I try to live my life in a way that would make her proud.

    —Catherine on November 20, 2019
  • As a woman in my 60s there are many people who have inspired me. Right now I would say my quilting buddy has inspired me the most. We try to get together to quilt and when we can’t we send text or emails to keep up on what we are working on. When one of us is procrastinating too long we give a nudge with the saying “Done is better than perfect” or it’s “Perfectly imperfect”. It works for us. Did I mention she lives right next door to me! How perfect is that!
    If I should win this book it would go to her as I have ordered the book for myself. Thanks for the giveaway and your great books. Mary and Connie would be proud!

    —Rita S on November 20, 2019
  • There are so many wonderful women that have been influences in my life.
    Great-grandmother who showed how to be a lovely lady, grandma who shared her zest for life, mom who showed how to encourage others and be engaged in life.

    —Sue L on November 20, 2019
  • My mother is my inspiration. She grew up in a dirt floored shack and married my father when they had nothing. She worked all her life, but raised three of us. She was still working into her 80’s. When she passed away, she left a legacy of hard earned money and property to us. I thank God every day for her.
    Sheri

    —Sheri Bennett on November 20, 2019
  • My mom is my inspiration. She taught me everything about LOVE and devotion to family.

    —Margaret on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother’s and mother were instrumental in my sewing and quilting inspiration. I love Mary and Connies ideas and civil war prints and patterns. The book looks very interesting.

    —Peggy on November 20, 2019
  • I was always inspired by my mom who died way too young!

    —Erin E on November 20, 2019
  • Me grandmother helped me tie my first project made from scrap squares of dressmaker, upholstery and drapery fabirics. After her death my mother gave me a crazy quilt my grandmother had made which I did not know she had done. Scrap piecing was something she did but unfortunately did not tell me. Wish I had known.

    —Bj Stultz on November 20, 2019
  • My mother always inspired me as she compassionately nursed both allied soldiers and German prisoners of war.

    —Kerry Linklater on November 20, 2019
  • Definitely my Aunt Joyce!

    —Karen H on November 20, 2019
  • The biggest influence in my life I think would have to be teachers.

    —Louise M Haddon on November 20, 2019
  • I love the colors in these quilts as much as I love stories of courageous women, our ancestors, who lived through this time in our history.

    —Elizabeth Phillips on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother taught me to sew…..I was the lucky one.

    —Deborah K from Indiana on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother was a great example of love and grace.

    —JoAnne Hawks on November 20, 2019
  • My best friend. She has lived through beatings at the hands of a drunk father, her home burning down, the prolonged death of her mother, divorce, loss of a young child, permanent life altering injury to her husband, cancer in herself and yet she still has a very positive attitude! Still manages to laugh at life’s big and little aggravations!
    Perseverance should be her middle name. We have been friends for 49 years and counting. She is always there.

    —Liz on November 20, 2019
  • MY mother inspired me by showing me how to sew, knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch, embroider, and quilt. I appreciate that she had the patience to share her love of fabric and thread with me!

    —Susan Stanton on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother was my original inspiration for crocheting and quilting – her work was amazing. Now my daughter is my main inspiration and partner in crime in our studio. I love it!

    —Nicole on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmothers were both very strong and capable women from rural Iowa. Neither of them were quilters, but they did sew many of the clothes they wore, as well as clothes for their families. They knew how to fix things around the house, didn’t put up with crap from anybody, and raised well behaved polite children (my parents).

    —Teri N on November 20, 2019
  • Mom! She is the most excellent seamstress I ever knew, and inspired me to follow the fiber arts.

    —Lill on November 20, 2019
  • Definitely my friend Shirley, who patiently and even more patiently tries
    to teach me the intricacies of quilting. Mere thanks are not enough.

    —Hedda on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother, Edna, was a dynamo and I adored her, but it wasn’t until I was a grown women with children of my own that I fully realized how unique she was in a time when it was hard to assert yourself because of being a woman. A smile and greeting was certainly one of Edna’s assets. She was a wonderful piano player and was always asked to play at the many functions put on by the town. She was town clerk for many years and Westchester County Treasurer for one term. Edna took me to countless concerts, operas and recitals, instilling in me a love of music. Her patriotism was obvious and when I was in high school, my brother and I went with her to Washington DC and of course saw all the historical sights. Perhaps my love of quilting comes from her as she was always knitting and crocheting. One of her saddest days was when she left a completed crochet bedspread for my hope chest on the Staten Island ferry and was never recovered. Family was always foremost and was never sacrificed for all her political and other activities. When Edna passed (while on the job in Town Hall) she was written up in the local paper as one of the town’s best known people.

    —Anne Townley on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother was a quilter and taught me to hand stitch. She made beautiful quilts.

    —Lorraine LeBlanc on November 20, 2019
  • I am fortunate to have a number of women whose strength of character influenced me as a child and adult. My mother and maternal grandmother were my role models. My aunts and paternal grandmother were always there to encourage me and teach me. And as an adult, I was blessed with a mother- in-law who continued to guide my life through her example.
    I hope to pass on their history to my own daughters.

    —Judy Stamm on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother, Edna, was a dynamo and I adored her, but it wasn’t until I was a grown women with children of my own that I fully realized how unique she was in a time when it was hard to assert yourself because of being a woman. A smile and greeting was certainly one of Edna’s assets. She was a wonderful piano player and was always asked to play at the many functions put on by the town. She was town clerk for many years and Westchester County Treasurer for one term. Edna took me to countless concerts, operas and recitals, instilling in me a love of music. Her patriotism was obvious and when I was in high school, my brother and I went with her to Washington DC and of course saw all the historical sights. Perhaps my love of quilting comes from her as she was always knitting and crocheting. One of her saddest days was when she left a completed crochet bedspread for my hope chest on the Staten Island ferry and was never recovered. Family was always foremost and was never sacrificed for all her political and other activities. When Edna passed (while on the job in Town Hall) she was written up in the local paper as one of the town’s best known people.

    (You told me I had to correct my email address and when I did and sent it on you then tell that it is a duplicate and do not accept it.)

    —Anne Townley on November 20, 2019
  • I would love to read more. My grandmother and mother both taught me a lot about sewing and other crafts.

    —cindy scholfield on November 20, 2019
  • It would have to be friends, I am grateful for their wisdom and talents

    —Jenny on November 20, 2019
  • i was inspired by my mom. she taught us love of family, love of God and love of country. she also taught me to sew when i was 9 years old and i haven’t stopped since. it is my passion, especially all things quilted.

    —Carolyn Montgomery on November 20, 2019
  • My mother has always been my inspiration all my life. She has taught me about loyalty, honesty, perseverance and my work ethic. Although she is no longer living, she is still in my heart and guides my actions.

    —Mary Lou on November 20, 2019
  • Both of my grandmothers inspire me! One was an expert seamstress who worked well into her 80’s. The other went to work when my grandfather decided to retire early. Both were no-nonsense women who were very loving.

    —Betsy on November 20, 2019
  • My mother has greatly inspired me. She had six kids and was never too busy for either of us. She knitted a lot of sweaters and sewed costumes for us. Cooked and baked from scratch. I miss her dearly.

    Looking fwd to getting my hands on your latest book when it comes out.

    Thank you.

    —CJ on November 20, 2019
  • My mother has inspired and encouraged me to try many things.

    —Sherry Sartin on November 20, 2019
  • My great grandmother was a quilter who inspired me not only to quilt, but also in a great many other ways. I only wish I had known her longer. I would love to make several of these quilts in great grandma Laura’s memory.

    —Terry on November 20, 2019
  • I am lucky to have had many women who have inspired me over the years. One of those was my aunt. She was a college professor in California for her career. I because an elementary teacher and worked hard to receive a doctorate because of her inspiration.

    —Arliene Zeigler on November 20, 2019
  • My grandma has always been an inspiration to me. She taught me how to crochet as a young girl and was the one who gave me the love of quiltmaking.

    —Brenda Shippy on November 20, 2019
  • My mother is my inspiration. As a military wife she made all sixteen houses we lived in a home. She made new curtains to personalize dreary military quarters and taught her girls how to sew so we could do the same as adults.

    —Casey on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother was a very special inspirational person in my life.

    —Mary Kastner on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother who long before women left the home piloted a plane & owned her own cafeteria.

    —Angelia Ulrich on November 20, 2019
  • All the women in my life inspire, but especially my Great Grandmother Clara. She was just kind and passionate at all times.

    —Cinda Thompson on November 20, 2019
  • I have been inspired by several people in this lifetime. My Mom especially! She always saw the good in people . Her motto was if you don’t have anything good to say don’t say anything at all! Although not living during the civil war she was always courageous and kind. I would love to win this inspiring book!

    —Lois J on November 20, 2019
  • I have 3 women in fact! All have common threads of being very talented, kind and generous, and strong women with positive attitudes! I am blessed!

    —Barbara Kelly on November 20, 2019
  • My aunt Mary inspired me by helping me sew curtains for my first home with my husband. She not only helped me sew, she lent me her sewing machine until I could afford my own to purchase. My love for sewing and quilting has grown from that moment on.

    —Katie Maples on November 20, 2019
  • My inspiration is my best friend Sharon. She retains a sense of humor and perspective in the most daunting circumstances. She is a sympathetic, non-judgmental listener and best of all she is also my quilting buddy.

    —Maria L Zook on November 20, 2019
  • This book looks wonderful and is at the top of my Christmas Wish list! I am most insprired by my mother’s Aunt Josie–she found joy in the smallest things in life!

    —Karen D Martin on November 20, 2019
  • My Mom and Grandmother inspired me to start sewing when I was only 4 years old and I’ve been doing it ever since.

    —Susan J Stein on November 20, 2019
  • Both of my Grandmothers were very strong women, one from the city and one from the country. Each having their own set of obstacles to overcome and move forward to care for their families. My Mother was a very strong woman, also.

    —Elaine on November 20, 2019
  • My mother inspired me to make the time for something creative. She was always sewing or making crafty things, even if just a small project she had in the car while waiting to pick one of us up from an after school activity. Now I make the time to work on my quilts, so I can show my own kids how important time is.

    —Virginia Beecher on November 20, 2019
  • My mother. A strong woman who raised five kids by herself. She is a great role model and I’m lucky she is my mother.

    —Dorothy Carter on November 20, 2019
  • My high school art teacher was my inspiration. It has been so long that I have forgotten her name, but I remember that most of the kids didn’t like her much. I thought she was inspirational. And I love civil war fabrics, patterns and the stories of women during the civil war. This book would make a perfect Christmas gift. Mrs. Metzger – I did remember!

    —Linda Ahn on November 20, 2019
  • Both of my grandmother’s inspired me and taught me to see, embroider, and most of all, my very favorite, to QUILT ♥️

    —Lois on November 20, 2019
  • I have been inspired by my sister. There was nothing she thought she could not do. She is the person who taught me to quilt.

    —Pamela J Jones on November 20, 2019
  • My best friend Mary was the one who introduced me to quilting. She guided me in the process, and there began my love of quilting. She was and is my inspiration that has given me a life long hobby that I love. This hobby is dedicated to my family members as well as to donations of quilts to sick children and disadvantaged children. My gratitude to Mary is timeless.

    —Ann West on November 20, 2019
  • Several women – a dear friend, my grandma, a special teacher.

    —Becky L on November 20, 2019
  • My mother was my inspiration. she was a wonderful seamstress. She could look at a dress and make the exact dress she saw at a store.

    —beth d. on November 20, 2019
  • My grandma was a seamstress in Toronto in the 1920’s. She was a very talented stitcher and made several wonderful quilts. This looks like a beautiful and interesting book.

    —Janet Olmstead on November 20, 2019
  • I have always identified with my grandmother Katherine Victor for whom I am named. She was a homemaker, a seamstress, a quilter and knitter. My grandmother is the person who instilled in me the love for what was then called "the domestic arts" — embroidery, sewing, cooking, and now quilting. I know that I am a better person because of her.

    —Katherine on November 20, 2019
  • My mum was a nurse serving in WWII. She is a great lady.

    —Kathie L on November 20, 2019
  • My mother taught me to sew, which led to my career making theater costumes and my hobby of quilting.

    —Julie Kennedy on November 20, 2019
  • Civil war quilts are so pretty and tell a story. I didn’t have any relative in that war but my dad spent 30 years in the navy in WW-2. Would love to win one of your books. Thanks

    Gracie Adams on November 20, 2019
  • Love civil war fabrics. The colors are awesome. Would love to make a pattern from the book. Thanks.

    —Lisa on November 20, 2019
  • These quilts are beautiful! There have been many women in my life who have inspired me! My grandmother who had 17 children, my aunt who had one child, my mother who had six children with only myself and brother living to adulthood. All these women were quilters, and they all had different styles of quilting. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

    —Sandy on November 20, 2019
  • I don’t have a single woman to cite as my hero but I am humbled and often awed by the millions of women who waited at home (and quilted) when their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons went away to war. They raised the children, worked the farm or factory, paid the bills and the billion other tasks demanded by life regardless of the time or place you think of. They were and are all heroes.

    —Mary Washburn on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother’s father fought in the Civil War so I remember stories she passed along from him about that time. She was a strong lady, having to be a single mom taking care of three kids and her mother during the Great Depression, working as a maid and cook. She was a character and I loved her dearly. I’m named after her too. 🙂

    —Laura B on November 20, 2019
  • My Grandma was the most creative woman I have ever known. From exquisite decorated wedding cakes to beautiful crocheted items to whatever craft project she was making she just made beautiful things. I wish I had learned more from her like tatting–I miss her every day.

    —Maurine Johnson on November 20, 2019
  • My mom at 93 still lives on a 115 year old family farm. She still drives, keeps her own finances and farms on share withe a cousin. When she comes to live with me in the winter, she makes several quilt tops. She knows her own mind, her likes and dislikes. We may brainstorm together, but she knows how she wants it to be. She is quite meticulous and does a wonderful job.Her quilts are beautiful. She is the one I look up to.

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on November 20, 2019
  • My mother and grandmother are great inspirations to me. My grandmother worked in many factories to help support her family and taught me to crochet. My mother had to move us from state to state and even overseas following my military father. She taught me to sew and is still sewing and crafting.

    —Marie on November 20, 2019
  • My aunt was a gentle person with enormous patience and a heart of gold. She helped me as I learned to sew through many hours of patient teaching.

    —Libby on November 20, 2019
  • Many women have inspired me, but my grandmother has had the most influence on me. Gommy, as we called her, lived with us until her passing at age 79. Gommy was born in Nebraska and married at 15! She had 9 children, my mother was #8. At one point Gommy lived in Madeira California and ran a home for unwed mothers. Gommy made hand made quilts for all of her great grandchildren. I LOVE traditional and historic quilts. This book would be perfect for me to make some traditional quilts and learn about these wonderful women!

    —Eileen Moss on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother Nellie was one of the strongest women I have known in my life! She got married during the Depression and raised eight children; was a successful country music songwriter; and later in her 50’s earned her nursing degree and worked as an emergency room nurse for more than 20 years! She was a woman of faith and loved her family and friends greatly! I was truly blessed to have her in my life!

    —Susan Caine on November 20, 2019
  • My mother was widowed young. She inspires me with her determination, patience, and creativity.

    —Donna on November 20, 2019
  • The Civil War has always been a fascinating subject for me. I saw several quilts that you featured that I’d love to make. Winning the book would be a big plus for me. Thanks for the chance.

    —LJ on November 20, 2019
  • My Mother was not a gentle person but she achieved much thru hard work and taught all her children to do the same!

    —Eleanor K Hunzinger on November 20, 2019
  • My maternal grandmother inspired my love of quilts and quilting, although I did not learn from her because of my own stubborn will. About 10 years after she was gone I began teaching myself:)

    —Mary on November 20, 2019
  • The woman in my life who inspired me was my Auntie Laura. She taught me the value of service to others, of living modestly, of reaching out to those in need. I miss her, but carry her values with me.

    —Brenda C on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother taught me to embroider and do some patchwork when I was very young.

    —Billie Shannon on November 20, 2019
  • Mother sister and daughter

    —Lisa on November 20, 2019
  • I’m inspired (and often amazed) by so many historical women who persevered and succeeded in such challenging times.

    —Erica in Alaska on November 20, 2019
  • I come from a long line of wonderful women who have inspired me to always try more, do more, be more. My mother, Ann; my aunt, Iris; my grandmother, Claudine; my great-aunt, Mary Cat; my great grandmothers, Grandma Grace and Grandma Mize. I remember watching my Grandma Mize sitting in her chair making rag rugs for anybody who wanted one. There was a quilt on every bed and couch. Quilts that were okay to throw on the ground for a picnic and others that were kept spotless. The beautiful mountains of West Virginia inspired these ladies to create wonderful art which the family treasures to this day. I only hope to continue the tradition and do these women proud.

    —Michele Potter on November 20, 2019
  • I wish I would have connected more with my grandmother who produced many beautiful quilts with a treadle machine and hand quilting. As well as leaving a legacy of heirloom quilts for her grandchildren, she was an entrepreneur ahead of the times.

    —Linda Stutzman on November 20, 2019
  • I would have to say my dear mother rest her soul, Maria, she had 3 daughters and I am the only one that really got the sewing, crochet, bug. She was always crocheting and was never idle, she was always working on something. As I am as well, quilting takes up most of my idle time, as does my other hobbies. I am so intrigued in the civil war era and the fabrics that go along with it. This looks like a must have book for sure. Thank you in advance for considering me.

    —Adela Wiley on November 20, 2019
  • That would be my Grandmother. My Grandfather died at age 42 leaving her with 4 kids between the ages of 12-2 back in the early 40’s. Saving money, she was able to buy 360 acres of farm land and the 2 boys helped farm it. She was the strongest woman I ever meet.

    —Mary F on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother inspires me, with her love of knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She made dresses for all of her granddaughters and daughters for year, and would always knit or crochet something for each grandchild. She taught me how to knit and crochet.

    —Karen N on November 20, 2019
  • My mother inspired me to quilt. She was a gifted quilter as was her mother. Both my grandmothers and great-grandmothers quilted.

    —Sharon Ray on November 20, 2019
  • My Grandma.She was my rock.She started my love of sewing,fabric and buttons.She showed me how to thread the needle and how to make the knot.These are just simple things but the memories make me smile everytime.

    —Peggy on November 20, 2019
  • My mother, she taught me to sew when I was little…

    —Marsha on November 20, 2019
  • I loved my grandmother dearly. She was a fabulous seamstress and a gourmet cook. She taught me to sew. She had been a furrier in France.

    —Geri on November 20, 2019
  • My mother was the best!

    —Sandy on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother let us have her treadle sewing machine. I was sad when my parents found the need to sell it to help with costs. I brought an electric one once I started working.

    —Clare on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother gave us her treadle sewing machine when I was about 12 years old. I was sad when my parents sold it to make ends meet a few years later. Once working I brought an electric one.

    —Clare on November 20, 2019
  • My dear and sweet mom have inspired all my life.
    Thank you.

    —DANIELA on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother was an inspiration to me because she was always busy making things. She crocheted, tatted, and quilted. Every Christmas she made us a pair of pajamas. She knitted mittens using up leftover yarn. I have quilt blocks that she made out of flour sacks. I love civil war fabrics and would love to win this book!

    Glaldys on November 20, 2019
  • My Aunty Mavis was my heroine and was my mother’s sister. Mum was very indifferent to her role as a mother and therefore provided little or no nurturing to my brothers and I. Fortunately Aunty Mavis stepped into that role and provided the loving, nurturing and cuddles that I craved as a child. She also taught me to sew and taught me a lot about cooking as well. My aunt was a war widow who brought up two sons on her own and was a tower of strength to her sons and to me. I was so devastated when she passed away, all too soon, from cancer. Aunty Mavis was my role model in the way I behave to others and especially to my own sons and grandchildren.

    —Ros Bickford on November 20, 2019
  • My mom has always been my greatest inspiration! She has always modeled good choices and great behavior despite less-than-good conditions. Now that roles have reversed, and it’s my turn to care for her, it’s my honor.

    —Teri Gailey on November 20, 2019
  • My Grandmothers inspired me!!! Beautiful Book.

    —Kathy Timmons on November 20, 2019
  • All the women in my past were survivors–values, strength to carry on, intelligent, nurturing, carrying of others, church and community, honorable women.

    —carol on November 20, 2019
  • So many women in my life have/do inspire me! I have a very close knit small quilting group that I’ve been a part of for over 35 years. The majority of them are older than me. I have often looked to them for an exchange of ideas in both quilting and life. They’re my tribe 💕

    —Pam on November 20, 2019
  • Definitely my Aunt Donna as she is helping me go through a rough time and she has always loved quilts but not made any that I know of but she supports me doing quilting and with life in general and is very special to me!

    Kerri Mitchell on November 20, 2019
  • My inspires me in more ways than I can ever list. She always lent a hand to anyone who needed one, did whatever had to be done with good cheer, and made the best oatmeal cookies ever.

    —JennyH on November 20, 2019
  • So many – but definitely my mother at the top of the list.

    —Pam N. on November 20, 2019
  • My mother, even though she’s passed away several years ago, still manages to creep into my thoughts, especially as I work on my many quilts. She wasn’t a quilter, but did inspire all of her 4 children to aim high, and work to achieve their dreams.

    Joyce Finch on November 20, 2019
  • My mother was always a wonderful inspiration to me. She could do almost anything. She was a wonderful cook, quilter, gardener, dollmaker and woodworker along with working a full time job in a factory. Anything that interested her-she would attempt and was nearly always successful except for driving. She tried one time and never drove a car again. I credit my mother for my love of "making" and my can do attitude-I have even driven for 50 years!

    —Debra Miller on November 20, 2019
  • always impressed with civil war period and quilts of this era. admire all that folks were able to live through, and still thrive. such fortitude and raw determination

    —JUDITH MCCOURRY on November 20, 2019
  • My great grandmother crocheted and made quilts from her dress and apron fabric. Her crafty gene skipped the next two generations but emerged with me.

    —Susan Gray on November 20, 2019
  • My mother was my biggest inspiration. She taught me the most important things I needed to know. And then there was my grandmother who I spent countless hours with. I miss them both so much.

    —Sharon Aurora on November 20, 2019
  • I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING VINTAGE CLOTHES AND FABRICS FOR 50 YEARS. I LOOK FORWARD TO USING THE FABRICS IN ONE OF THE PATTERNS IN YOUR BOOK.

    —Cheryl Nichols on November 20, 2019
  • I am always in awe of woman in general! Growing up, the women in my mother’s friend circle who were all single parents when it wasn’t fashionable yet all held professional jobs while raising their kids and keeping beautiful homes. The women I volunteered with all through the years my kids were in school and the women I work with now while involved in community organizations and events. In my life, it is always the women who identify where the most need is, start the projects to address it and then provide most of the work force to keep them going. I’ve made a lot of CW reproduction projects in the last few years and am a big Country Threads fan so know I would really enjoy the additional bit of woman’s history that is given with the projects in this book!

    Vivian B. on November 20, 2019
  • Love the patterns in the book. I have a lot of Civil War reproduction fabrics to use on a quilt.

    —Henry Hicks on November 20, 2019
  • I see so much of our history being lost for one reason or another. We, as quilters can keep this era alive by emulating those of the past who pass down patterns and the stories that give meaning to the Civil War times. A definite help to me and my civil war fabrics. Thanks for hearing me.

    Geri Ankiel on November 20, 2019
  • My sweet mother was an inspiration and encouragement to me.

    —Sylvia on November 20, 2019
  • When I was a child, my Great Aunt Mary Simpson would let me put stitches in her quilts. She had a quilt rack that was on pulleys and when she wasn’t quilting it was pulled up to the ceiling. Loved to spend time with her every summer. Her quilts may not have been beautiful by today’s standards but she put a lot of love into her quilts. Made quilts for everyone in her family. This was in the 50’s

    —Wanda Hetrick on November 20, 2019
  • My mum knitted beautiful sweaters, my grandma did a lot of knitting and crocheting and cross stitching, but only coming to live in Australia I discovered a wonderful world of quilting!

    Tatiana Kishchinskaya on November 20, 2019
  • My mother has been my inspiration! She raised 5 children and lost my father at 59. She worked part time until the day she died. She volunteered, was in the PTA for over 24 years, went to church everyday. She gave to everyone! I hope I can live my life like she did.

    —Pat Kleber on November 20, 2019
  • What a beautiful tribute to the women who made the quilts. My Maternal grandmother inspired me to quilt. and knit and crochet. i wish i could still chat with her..

    —marilyn mattfeld on November 20, 2019
  • My aunt was an inspiration. She taught me forgiveness and love. She endured much in her life, never met a stranger, and never lost her faith.

    —Marilyn Fite on November 20, 2019
  • My interest in Civil War quilts began with a Kathy and a Betty. Over the years Betty and I continue to delve into reproduction fabrics and designs. Thanks to Connie and Mary who continue to fuel the flames. 🙂

    —Judyk on November 20, 2019
  • Hands down my grandmother. I lived with her as a child and never once did she make me feel like I was in her way. She taught me to sew and cook all the while smiling. She taught me to love my friends and family and she was always there for me. I was lucky enough to have her in my life for 35 years and she never let me down. She was/is my rock and greatest inspiration. I think of her every day and am convinced she is now my guardian angel.

    —Sharon Lowy on November 20, 2019
  • I love what you have written here👍

    —Elizabeth A. Adrian on November 20, 2019
  • I have an amazing friend & quilter who has served as a wonderful mentor in the world of making quilts!

    —Liz Smith on November 20, 2019
  • My mother inspired creativity in all of her four daughters. Every one of us sews, we all have many other creative hobbies taught by mom. Knitting, crocheting, cross stitch and many others… along with cooking, baking and cleaning!!

    —Julie on November 20, 2019
  • My sister-in-law inspires me. She is a mother to four and grandmother to ten. She lost her husband 9 years ago and still gives so much. She often is caring for her grandbabies,her children and her aging mother at the same time. In addition, she fosters newborns that are going to be adopted and even welcomes the adoptive parents into her home.

    —Karen A on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother was very inspirational — it is amazing to view all of the changes that occurred over the 101 years of her life and how she responded gracefully to all.

    —Regina Harris on November 20, 2019
  • My mother could not see to sew. Consequently, I never learned. I loved to do embroidery, crewel and cross-stitch. My husband’s grandmother was a quilter. She quilted quilts for everyone in the family. When my son was born she made him a quilt. She of course was a hand quilter. She introduced me to quilting. I fell in love with the hobby and it is my passion. She will never know how much I love quilting as she as passed on, but she definitely was my inspiration. I don’t hand quilt much these days, one would find me quilting with my long arm. I often wonder what Granny would have thought of my long arm machine….Good memories. Now when I gift a quilt to a family member it is interesting that they always bring up how Granny showed her love for family and friends through quilting.

    —Brenda Kay Pedrotti on November 20, 2019
  • All the women of that time period have been an inspiration to me. All the hardships they endured, especially as they traveled by wagon train across the country. I can only imagine what they were thinking.

    —Jan Horn on November 20, 2019
  • There were no quilters in my family that I was ever aware of but then again, many had passed on before I became involved in quilting around 1990. So, I would have to say I was most inspired by "famous" quilters/designers. Eleanor Burns, Lynette Jensen (from Thimbleberries fame) & Nancy Zeman are some of the quilters that inspired back in the day. Of course, I also was inspired by Mary & Connie of Country Threads & was fascinated by Mary’s farm animals & all they were able to create & get done! Love their new book. I have all of their others so I’d love to add this one to my collection.

    —Jan B. on November 20, 2019
  • My mother would be my inspiration. With little to no formal education she could sew very well and make her own simple patterns. My sister and I each have a quilt that she made from scraps , which I enjoy looking at and reminiscing about – a lot of our clothes were made from those fabrics.

    —Cindy Berry on November 20, 2019
  • My mother. Even thought she failed to learn to knit she encouraged me. When I wanted to learn something new, if she didn’t have the knowledge she helped me find someone or information to teach myself. When it came around to recovering some chairs we took an adult education class together. We also took our first quilting class together. Lots of good memories!

    —Cindy on November 20, 2019
  • My maternal grandmother gave me the gift of sewing and gave me my first sewing machine for my 13th birthday. She always encouraged my efforts. When she turned ninety I made her a special quilt depicting scenes from her life on the farm and as a teacher. She treasured that quilt so much she would show it to everyone including paramedics taking her to the hospital. She gave me so much joy and pride.

    —Sue Cahill on November 20, 2019
  • There has been several inspiring woman in my life. My mother was a truly inspiring woman whose patience was phenomenal. But my younger sister continues to inspire me. She was born with a genetic eye disorder that has caused her to be legally blind since her toddler years yet she never considered herself impaired in any way. She has the drive and determination to succeed. She has 3 children who have health issues as unique as them but she NEVER complains. Last June she lost her job due to discrimination but has found a wonderful job she excels. Love you Sis- you reflect Mom.

    —Sue on November 20, 2019
  • There are many women in my life who have been inspirational. I have especially tried to walk in the footsteps of my Paternal Grandmother who died when I was young. She always had a kind word, was helpful and loving, and offered help when needed. It’s a beautiful book.

    —Nancy Bart on November 20, 2019
  • My mother and my grandmother. They both struggled with making do when money was very tight. From them I have learned to make do and to quilt. Be content with what you have and be thankful for all your blessing from God above.

    —Robin on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother inspired me to quilt. I still have one of her quilts and it is very well loved. It is a beautiful pale pink and lavender beauty. Although I have made any quilts, this one is still my favorite.

    —Stephanie Woodward on November 20, 2019
  • My Grandmother was my inspiration for quilting. She quilted into her 90’s and I have a couple of her treasured quilts.

    —Joanne L Wilson on November 20, 2019
  • My momma pieced and quilted, planting the seed for my love of quilting. I participate in Civil War Reenactments, as a quilter next to my sister who hand cards and spins for the educational portion of the event. This item would be invaluable to my research

    —Pamela Weber on November 20, 2019
  • my grandmother and mother made all of the clothes for my sister and me. my grandmother taught us to sew and she is the one that inspired me to sew clothes and later, quilts.

    —sheryl harrison on November 20, 2019
  • I participate in Civil War Reenactments as a quilter for the educational portion. I think that this would be a great resource

    —Pamela J Weber on November 20, 2019
  • Hi,
    The woman who inspired me, was my Grandmother.
    Alice made a lot of my clothes as a child and when she did not sew anymore my aunt Win, her older daughter taught me to sew.
    Aunt Win was a fabulous dressmaker and I did that until I discovered patchwork and quilting.
    I have a definite love of Civil War inspired fabric.
    I need to use my collection and this book will inspire me to start using these precious fabrics.

    —Pauline Thoman on November 20, 2019
  • My friend Ellen is an inspiration to me. She has had more than her share of trials and challenges, but she meets them all with a sense of humor and faith. I am very fortunate to count her among my quilting friends.

    —Maria L Zook on November 20, 2019
  • I love the quilts of this time period. Have been afraid to tackle them because I am not sure where to start. Would love to win and learn more about the history.

    —Charlotte Jones on November 20, 2019
  • my Mom. She lost my dad fairly early and lived alone and did everything herself. The yardwork, shoveling snow….she was like the energizer bunny. She has been gone 2 years now and I miss her every day.

    —Nancy Chappelle on November 20, 2019
  • There have been several women in my life that have made me the person I am today. My first experience with a quilt was when my "Big" Grandma let me embroider the body and feelers of the butterfly quilts that were popular at the time. Then my Auntie Eve, who had no children of her own and took me and two female cousins under her wing and taught us to knit and crochet before we turned 8 yrs.old Then there was Little Gram, who was 4 foot 8 inch, compared to Big Gram who was close to six foot. Little Gram took us all in when my Mom became a single parent with four youngsters. World War II had just started and Mom went to work, sometimes 10 hour shifts. Being the only girl Gram spent a lot of time with me and we sewed many items for the "cause" for the Salvation Army. My Mom was not much for crafts but she was very supportive. When in the 4th grade they taught us to sew on a machine, even though money was tight, she bought me a used machine. Which I used to make clothes for me and shirts for my brothers. When I was 16 and old enough for a work permit, I had my first job in the J.C. Penney fabric dept It wasn’t until my family of six were grown that I got into quilting, when I saw the cover of a "Family circle" Mag. that showed a Quilt lying over a Rocking chair, that said " free instructions inside. I have the page and the completed quilt lying over a rocker in my living room now. It is a Nine patch, done in Red, White and Blue Military prints. It will go to my oldest son who is now a retired Chaplin. I now coordinate a group of 9, that send approximately 50 Throws to an Air Force Medical Center in Afghanistan very year for 15 years. We work with donated scraps and this books would provides us many new ideas

    —Ellie Jacobs on November 20, 2019
  • My grandmother was a true inspiration. She was born in the 1800s but was very progressive for her times. She saw mankind go from horse and buggy to man on the moon. She fought for women’s right to vote and never missed voting from that time forward as well as working the polls. She was also a quilter, sewer, embroiderer and an excellent cook. Quite the role model

    —Donna M on November 20, 2019
  • My Mom and both grandmothers were all great inspirations to me. Mom taught me how to sew and crochet, how to plant flowers and bulbs, how to give to others through our church and the Girl Scouts etc. My grandmothers taught me how to embroider and stitch a quilt block, how to cook and bake. All things that I still enjoy today!

    —TXQuilter on November 20, 2019
  • My great grandmother passed before I was born, but her legacy has lived within me thanks to a beautiful applique quilt that she made. It is one of my special treasures and is also the first handmade quilt that I had ever been introduced to as a child. I used to sneak into my grandmother’s bedroom whenever I went upstairs, so I could take a peek at the quilt on her bed. I’m thankful that this quilt is now one of my prized possessions in my ever-growing quilt collection. While I never had the chance to meet Nellie, I have been inspired by her and share her love of quilting thanks to her beautiful needlework.

    —Nancy O'Keefe on November 20, 2019
  • My 88 year old mother is facing the very difficult last stages of life for herself and for my dad with great courage and faith.

    —Julie Lloyd on November 20, 2019
  • Most definitely my Grandmother. She was a "can do", farmer, depression-dust bowl-WW II, mother of 8. Miss her every single day.

    —Christi on November 20, 2019
  • My great grandmother inspires me. She lived through the depression and both world wars. She was a farmers daughter and then she traveled west with her husband and oldest 4 children for new opportunities in CA in the early 20th century. During the depression her table always welcomed those that needed a meal and when her neighbor was forced to go into quarantine for TB my great grandmother (who was nursing twins) took in the neighbor’s baby and nursed him as well.

    —Judith Martinez on November 20, 2019
  • It is so good to see the Country Threads beautiful designs again.

    —Ann Roberson on November 20, 2019
  • My mother inspired me to be my best and always think of others first. She always thought of everyone before herself and gave all she had to others.
    She taught me to sew on a featherweight. I never appreciated her gift to me and others until I became an adult.

    —Karen on November 20, 2019
  • Would love a copy of this book. Amazing patterns and ideal for jelly rolls or scraps.

    Happy Quilting!

    Joey Cordier

    —Joey Cordier on November 21, 2019
  • I would have to say that my home economics teacher in junior high school ( now known as middle school) was my inspiration. It was her love, patience and dedication to teach sewing skills that truly helped my love and passion from sewing and now quilting. Would love to read the stories of the women lived during the civil war. To the men and women who served during the Civil War, I am forever grateful.

    Dolores Roberts on November 21, 2019
  • Yes my mom and grand mom inspire me.

    —Cheryl Strayer on November 21, 2019
  • My Mother was my inspiration. My Dad died at a young age and my Mom raised 5 of us all by herself. Her strength and courage is something I will never forget. Her trust, faith and determination in us made all 5 of us who we are today. So proud of my Mom and my siblings.

    —Barb Sanders on November 21, 2019
  • My mother is an inspiration to me. She was widowed when I was sixteen. Now that I am a widow I better understand the stresses that she went through. She was one tough lady.

    —Sabrina Van Ginkel on November 21, 2019
  • My mother-in-law inspired me by her gracious gift of hospitality. She always had her door open to anyone and everyone. She fixed dinners, southern style, and her table was always overflowing. She loved having people in her home, and every one who entered always said, "It’s always good to come to Ruth’s house." Rarely did anyone turn down her invitation.

    Jocelyn on November 21, 2019
  • I find that most women I become acquainted with inspire me one way or another. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    —Peggy on November 21, 2019
  • Both of my Grandmothers and my Mother quilted. They were all great inspirations!

    —barbara blair on November 21, 2019
  • My daughter inspires me every single day; homeschooling her three boys, running a business and household with her husband. This book would be a wonderful addition to my family genealogy files, too!

    Jan on November 21, 2019
  • My Mother inspired me. She was a wonderful seamstress and quilter.

    —Pam Fritz on November 21, 2019
  • My maternal grandmother inspired me. All my interest in sewing and hand stitching came from her. She made beautiful embroidered dish towels….many I still have and cherish.

    —Patty F. on November 21, 2019
  • I have been inspired by many people in my life and some who were merely passing through. We can learn from people in all walks of life and if we use what we learn from them how much better we are for it. Thanks for a great giveaway.

    —Bev on November 21, 2019
  • I have two friends who have inspired my quilting. The first is 83 years old who acts much, much younger. The second is a 30 year old male friend. Of course there is also my quilting group also. Thank you for the opportunity to hopefully win the book.

    —Charlotte Henson on November 21, 2019
  • This book looks amazing. My inspiration comes from a wonderful lifelong friend.

    Dori Troutman on November 21, 2019
  • I’ve had several who inspired me. My mother, grandmother & my sisters. They taught me the love of God, family, friendship, showed me what true strength is and the love of quilting!

    —Patricia Anderson on November 21, 2019
  • My Mother is my inspiration. She was a late in life quilter. she started quilting after she retired at 65! She made quilts for all her grands and great grands. now she had never taken a class, had a "mentor" or guild. She had sewn for us four girls all our life. She learned to quilt thru Georgia Bonesteel and others. I am the only oe of my sisters who quilts, but I love it and can’t stay out of my sewing room. Please pick me. I love civil war colors/fabrics!!

    —Ginnie Adams on November 21, 2019
  • My grandmother taught me the love ❤️ of all things
    fabric. She also taught me to embroider and cross
    stitch. Fabric is my strongest love, and maybe the
    quickest to fruition. Like all their other books, this
    one has some great ideas.

    —Holly on November 21, 2019
  • I have been inspired by ALL my female ancestors.

    —Diana O on November 21, 2019
  • My grandmother was a wonderful example for me. I can’t remember her ever saying anything negative about anyone. Grandma was such a sweet little lady! Grandma made fried peach pies for us, among other good things

    —Gloria Yates on November 21, 2019
  • My Italian Grandmother sewed, embroidered, cooked. My Maternal Grandmother did not enjoy sewing, but she was the Head Baker and Pastry Lead at Gimbel’s Restaurant in Milwaukee and she raised 4 young daughters without her husband who died when he was only 36. My Mom sewed, but never learned handwork or cross stitch. I finally taught her one day many years ago!And she loved it, making many samplers for gift giving!!! I learned from all of my female role models. I yearn to know my Great Grandmothers, from Germany and Italy. And Sicily. I can only imagine what I might have learned from them too!
    I LOVE SEWING AND QUILTING!!!!

    —Kim Marie on November 21, 2019
  • My mother inspires me. She made many of her clothes, and my clothes from when I was very young til I was an adult. She may be the reason I sew today.

    —Gail on November 21, 2019
  • All the women in my life have inspired me including my daughter. They’re strengths, perseverance, failures and the will to pick up the pieces and move forward anyway. My Aunt Mamie sewed and could make anything. She didn’t need any patterns and that seemed like magic to me 🙂

    —Kris on November 22, 2019
  • My mom I’d say. Hard worker, great work ethic.

    —Lisa on November 22, 2019
  • There was no one in my family that quilted. I attended very small schools. High School did not even have home economics or sewing classes, but something in me from the time I was a very small child wanted to sew. I took my first quilt class when I was in my 50’s and there has been stopping me since. I especially love the Civil War Era quilts.

    —Carol G on November 22, 2019
  • My maternal grandmother was and is my greatest inspiration.

    —Sharon Browne on November 22, 2019
  • My best friend and neighbor inspired me to quilt. I had my son’s graduation party and all my relation and friends went to her house to see her quilting things. Pat Hall is her name and she answers all my questions I have every time I call her. She gives me copies of things she has sewed and plans to sew. She shares all her ideas and is always on me to keep sewing some thing new even if I don’t finish it she says you are enjoying sewing something new. I have no sisters so she is my true sister in sharing her love of quilting with me.

    Lucille Lozier on November 22, 2019
  • My grandmother- I always wanted to go and do things that she did. She was a kind, thoughtful and mentally strong woman.

    —Lillian K on November 22, 2019
  • Many women, but my mother especially- she was totally under-appreciated. She wanted to be a doctor but unfortunately for her she came up in a time when women were routinely passed over in favor of men for many opportunities.

    —Carolyn Blakeney on November 22, 2019
  • My grandmother, Mom, Mother-in-law, and special friends have all provided inspiration to my life in different ways. I honor all of them for making me who I am today.

    —Sheila on November 22, 2019
  • There are lots of women who inspire me in different ways. When I think about quilting, my grandmother and my mother were quilters. I love to quilt. My mother passed away a couple months ago. My sister and I divided all her quilting fabrics, templates and sewing equipment. My sewing room is now filled to capacity with my mother’s things and it reminds me of her every time I go in it.

    —Geri Hames on November 22, 2019
  • My mom inspired me the most. She raised a family of three, worked a full time job, cooked, canned, sewed, etc. She taught me all these things and we still sew together today. whenever one of us has an idea, we get the other to help. Last year we made over 40 lap quilts for a senior living center to give as Christmas gifts. We made over 100 "House" blocks that we donated to a group that made quilts for the California fire victims. We have taught a group of girls to sew and had them help in these ventures. We have gone on countless shop hops buying fabric for our quilty addiction, and spent many quality hours together making memories. I hope to pass on this knowledge to my daughter and any grandchildren interested.

    —Nancy McC on November 22, 2019
  • Oh my gosh. I would LOVE to have this book. I’m not a big book reader but I love history and quilting. I would have to say my grandmother inspired my quilting. She raised 6 children and was a wet nurse and midwife to many in her area. But she loved sewing. She made me a wedding quilt out of scraps of fabrics I had used while sewing in my teens. Being one of 10 children, my mom sewed as well. God only knows where she found time to do so. I taught HS Home Economics and shared my sewing and quilting love with hundreds of young girls. We had over 10 years of hosting community quiltathons to make small quilts for babies or children in need. I would love to own this book.

    —Sharon Leighton on November 22, 2019
  • Even though my mother didn’t have time to make many quilts, she taught me to sew. I inherited her love of beautiful fabrics and quilts.

    —Kyra Franz on November 22, 2019
  • My great-Aunt Mary was an exceptional women, strong and independent. But above all she was a nice person. She’s always been my inspiration.

    —Mary Power-Burke on November 22, 2019
  • My maternal grandmother, though long-gone, still inspires me tremendously. Esther lost her mother when she was 13. She immediately took over her mother’s duties with her three younger siblings and did all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry tasks. She never complained about her loss; she loved her sister and brothers and remained close to them her entire life.

    —JLouise on November 22, 2019
  • There are several ladies in my quilt guild that continue to inspire me with their machine quilting, ideas and suggestions.

    —Barbaraben on November 22, 2019
  • My friend insisted I could learn to quilt. I was skeptical. She came to my house every morning for 2 weeks, held my hand through each step until my quilt was completed. Blue Boy was my first quilt.

    Sandra on November 22, 2019
  • I am fortunate to have many women who have inspired me, including my friend Diane, who is such an excellent example to me of how to be a good friend through hard times in ways that have made a real difference to me in my life.

    —Beth T. on November 22, 2019
  • Mother, grandmother(s), aunties, sisters…They’ve all been an inspiration to me! Beautiful quilts in the book!

    —Carol Koehn on November 22, 2019
  • If we all think about it, each of us is a mix of all the generations of women who’ve gone before us…. strangers, relatives, next-door neighbors, friends at work and those in our church families… each of us is the culmination of the world of women before us….

    —Kay on November 22, 2019
  • My mother was a wonderful influence and role model of strength and kindness.

    —Karen McMahon on November 22, 2019
  • My "Gram" inspired me by her generous spirit and kindness to everyone.

    —Linda W on November 22, 2019
  • My inspirations come from a Moda designer (will leave her nameless) but her beautiful patterns and fabric make me want to be more like her. Ha! I’m almost old enough to be her mother.

    —Marie Beers on November 22, 2019
  • My Mom has been my biggest inspiration with a quiet grace and dignity and love for others that I hope I pass on to those around me. She passed away 6 years ago and I miss her so.
    The book looks wonderful and I would love to win a copy.

    —Judy Miller on November 22, 2019
  • I have been surrounded my entire life with strong hard working women (and men too). They have made me the person I am today in all phases of my life, not just in my crafty ways:)

    —ColleenM on November 22, 2019
  • My momma has had the most influence on me but both grandmothers taught me many things and I am trying to pass on the skills and knowledge. The quilt on the cover of this book is just beautiful and I intend to duplicate it as much as possible.

    —debby on November 22, 2019
  • My mother who taught me how to sew and how to be a better person. Thanks!

    —Louise M. on November 22, 2019
  • My grandmother continues to inspire me years fter she is no longer here.

    —Teri on November 22, 2019
  • My mother showed my here determination when we immigrated to the US and started her life over.

    —Sieg on November 22, 2019
  • My Grandmother was an inspiration for me–she lost her own mother when she was quite small (about seven years old) and grew up learning to cook and help take care of her siblings. She always worked very hard and was a wonderful cook and a person who always thought of others.

    —Barb K on November 22, 2019
  • Step-mother, always made sure there was time for everyone to spend time with everyone one-on-one and together.

    Mother, spent lots of time with us doing all kinds of things.

    Grandmother, walked us everywhere.

    —Judy B on November 22, 2019
  • My Mom is the one that taught me how to sew, knit, crochet, cook etc.
    I’m so Blessed! I love my Mom dearly!

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    —usairdoll on November 22, 2019
  • My Mother. She was my inspiration in many ways. The best is teaching me how to sew. She told us many stories about the depression and the hard times that occurred in their lives.

    kathy on November 22, 2019
  • My mother and maternal grandmother were great seamtress, making dresses without patterns(grandmother). My mother-in-law started quilting later in life, so I had a great background to start my quilting journey.

    —Joanne Adkins on November 22, 2019
  • My mother inspired me the most. She made all of our clothes.
    I rremember the dress for the highschool concert made out of feed sacks. It was lovely.
    She taught us to cook, sew, embroider, knit and crochet.

    Joyce on November 22, 2019
  • My mother and both grandmothers inspired me, they were strong women who had many hardships in their lives. Yet they were still able to live wonderful full lives.

    —Sue on November 22, 2019
  • All women inspire me . . .and I hope I may be an inspiration to others.

    —Donna on November 22, 2019
  • My Mother inspired me. she made a Grandmother’s Flower Garden all by hand. For me that was a WOW! Later in life, a good friend got me involved with quilting on a larger scale, using cardboard templates. I have since graduated from these. I have to confess, going through some patterns, I found some of these templates…a good memory.

    Barb H. on November 22, 2019
  • My grandmother on my mom’s side of the family was an inspiration to all. She worked in her garden providing food year around for her family, had the most gorgeous flowers, was a fabulous cook and baker as well as a seamstress. She made something every Christmas for her 26 grandchildren and 7 children. Not only did she sew clothes (without a store bought pattern as she drafted all her own) she stitched quilts as well. All on her treadle sewing machine, which now sits in a place of honor in my dining room. She was an amazing woman that was loved by everyone.

    —Cindy on November 22, 2019
  • My grandmother inspired me in so many ways! She taught all of her granddaughters to sew and quilt. Her patience in that process was amazing and inspired the next generations.

    —Janna on November 22, 2019
  • My mother was my inspiration and still is.

    —Sandra Massey on November 22, 2019
  • My grandma was definitely an inspiration to me. She raised 4 daughters alone while working full time in a coat factory. I was awed by her when I was a child and watched her make an apron by making her own pattern. She never learned how to drive so if she didn’t have a ride to work, she would walk. She lost one adult daughter (my aunt) in a house fire and became a mother figure to my cousins. She lived to be 92 and was the strongest woman I have ever known.

    —Cindy K on November 22, 2019
  • My grandmother was a maker of many beautiful things and she inspires me to this day. My mom is my cohort in quilting and we have a blast!

    —Joni on November 22, 2019
  • This book looks fascinating. I love reading the stories of those who came before us. They give you insight into how life was during the Civil War as well as a great appreciation for all we have now. When you know what your predecessors have done, what they have endured it is an inspiration to move forward with our current lives. Just saying….

    —Nancy Page on November 22, 2019
  • There have been many inspirational women in my life. From one grandmother who helped run a family business, to the other who went back to college at age 50 ( 1950) and taught until she was 72. My mother a nurse and mom who managed to do it all.
    And my many friends who are strong for too many reasons to list ❤️

    —Sue B on November 22, 2019
  • My mother is my inspiration. The first in her family to graduate from college in 1941, she became the first female leader of an all female shift in the testing lab of a steel mill during the war. She met my dad when they were learning to fly. She raised 5 children and took care of 2 sons as they were dying of cancer before they were 30. She taught me to sew – and was a perfectionist ( I still feel guilting when I don’t baste!) and was always in my corner. I lost my best friend when she was 95, and I am so happy every holiday as I use her dishes and her recipes, and feel the love.

    —Patricia Ludwiczak on November 22, 2019
  • I would have to say my grandmother (who could crochet you anything you would ever want) and my mother who sewed clothing that were gorgeous (she created my wedding dress from a picture in a magazine that I loved, did not use a pattern until it came to getting the back of the dress rounded the way she wanted). I love to quilt (I made clothing first). My love creating pretty things comes from these two amazing, talented women.

    —Renea Yarolim on November 22, 2019
  • My mom raised seven kids, mostly by herself since her husband was no help to her. She made most of our clothes and made quilts to keep us warm. She grew a big garden and canned hundreds of jars of food from it. She was amazing.

    —Ola Norman on November 22, 2019
  • My Mom continues to be my inspiration. As a young couple with 3 small children, they didn’t have much money. My father was (still is) a minister of a church in a small rural community.My mom made our clothes, taught me how to cook and bake. To be kind, generous to others. She’s always always been a giver and readily shares with others. She has such a tender heart for helping others.

    —Carla Toppass on November 23, 2019
  • My mother is my inspiration – she was frugal – a true waste not want not girl of the Depression, smart – an avid reader and political junkie, creative – sewed my childhood wardrobe, my Barbie dresses and my wedding dress, never met a stranger kind and wouldn’t complain stoic (but you should read her journals!).

    —Susan M Putman on November 23, 2019
  • My amazing mother-in-law came to this country as a young bride just after WWII. She had no education but persevered to learn and accomplish so much!

    —Brenda Julovich on November 23, 2019
  • My Granny, my sister and my cousin. Granny made quilts from whatever she had or could find. Now my sister, my daughter, my granddaughter and a couple of my cousins gather at my house to quilt and caught. Great fun!. Love this book.

    —Darliss on November 23, 2019
  • Both of my grandmothers did handwork. Mom’s mother crocheted and sewed clothing. My Dad’s mother embroidered and made utility quilts from the clothing scraps she kept. Those quilts were used to death. Nothing remains of them today.

    —Linda Towers on November 23, 2019
  • My mother definitely inspired me. She was a nurse by profession and just a quiet, caring, loving person. She taught me to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, cook and bake. She became interested in quilting later in life and we even got to take a few classes together. She has since passed away and I miss her so much, but I’m thankful for all the good memories I have with her.

    —Mary on November 23, 2019
  • My grandmother taught me to crochet and how to cook incredible southern food. My mother taught me to sew and to be compassionate and loving. My beloved cousin that taught generosity, complete caring for everyone, and wonderful humor in everything. All three of these women had difficult lives, but always plowed along and eventually things were right for them again. I miss them all. Making a memory quilt in their honor and will give it to our daughter when it’s completed. She knows all the stories of family, so it will be treasured.
    I love "tough" women…..the world would certainly be a lesser place without more like them!
    Thank you for this opportunity!

    —Mary C. on November 23, 2019
  • It was a girl- friend who inspires me, when I had a burn-out she told me to start with quilting. And it helps :_}

    —Rommy on November 23, 2019
  • My paternal grandmother raised eight children in the cold and snowy Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She suffered the loss of one son in the Korean War. But she made gorgeous quilts that I admired every time we would visit and, according to my dad, hosted frequent quilting bees at their home. She also was a wonderful cook. Unfortunately she passed away just before I took up quilting so she never knew that I would become such an avid quilter. I do have some of her patterns and two of her quilts to remember her by.

    —Mary Wolter on November 23, 2019
  • My Aunt Julia/ Grandma was an amazing woman. When my Mom was 3 years old her mother died leaving 6 children and Grandpa alone on the farm. 2 sisters younger than my mom and 3 brothers older. My Aunt Julia was living her life in the big city [ Mpls Mn ] and gave it all up to go back and help her brother with all his kids on the farm. She sold the eggs for fabric to make them clothes. Kept them all together, as some in the family thought Grandpa should split them up to other family members. He lost his wife, was not going to loose his kids too. All the girls went to college and the boys went into the service and college too. In her older years she made quilts for all the cousins, I love my purple "Aunt Julia quilt" , she was an amazing lady.

    —Katie on November 23, 2019
  • My mother inspires me the most. She overcame a birth defect and was able to walk without braces on her legs and then lost her hearing from the use of anti-biotics to treat an illness. She overcame the stigma of the "box" hearing aid and went on to help others with hearing loss. She kept smiling her way through life right up to the end. She was a soldier in her own way! I miss you Mom!

    —Leslie Hoff on November 24, 2019
  • My material grandmother lived through the depression era. she used all the skills she learned from that time period to teach me how to become a very capable woman at surviving with very little. she taught me how to sew/quilt on a treadle at the age of 6.and almost 50 yrs later I’m still quilting.

    —Sharon on November 24, 2019
  • She may not have taught me to quilt, but my Mother was my biggest inspiration. She grew up during the depression and went without many things. However through sacrifice she graduated from College and became a teacher. After my siblings and I were older, she went back to get her Masters degree. During those years she taught me to sew, garden, and cook. She was a force of nature whom we all loved so dearly and miss so terribly now that she’s gone to a better place.

    —Marie Eddins on November 24, 2019
  • My sister inspires me every day. She is so creative! And a wonderful mother to her three boys. She is the glue that holds our family together.

    —Sherryl Wynne on November 25, 2019
  • Book looks fantastic! My mother inspires me the most. She was a quiet but strong woman who taught us about the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    —Donna Widerquist on November 26, 2019
  • My mother

    —Carmen on November 26, 2019
  • My mom has always been an inspiration to me!

    —Hesper Fry on November 27, 2019

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