New Country Threads quilt patterns! 14 stunning Civil War-inspired quilts (+ giveaway!)

Capture the old-fashioned feel of quilts from the Civil War era—and make it fun with this gorgeous collection of all-new Country Threads quilt patterns!

Beyond the Battlefield

Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene’s signature make-do style comes to life in Beyond the Battlefield. Inside, you’ll find 14 stunning quilts, from small, simple tributes to larger quilts featuring hundreds of scrap fabrics.

From Beyond the Battlefield

Projects are paired with period photographs and fascinating true stories of heroines of the Civil War, from women who disguised themselves as soldiers to others who became doctors, nurses, and even spies in order to serve. Here’s one of those stories from Beyond the Battlefield:

Circa 1865: Pauline Cushman

Born in 1833 in New Orleans, Harriet Wood dreamed of becoming an actress. In those days, it was a rough life with lots of travel, poor accommodations, little pay, and public disapproval. Despite all of this, Harriet took the name Pauline Cushman and became well known for her stage performances. She sided with the Union when the war began and passed information through a Union network of spies. She escaped capture, and when sentenced to hang, she pleaded illness. President Lincoln made her an honorary cavalry major, and newspapers called her a heroine. She eventually went west, and when Pauline Cushman died in 1893, hundreds of Union veterans attended the service. She was buried with military honors in San Francisco’s National Military Cemetery.

Whether you’re a fan of traditional designs, Civil War fabrics, or scrappy-to-the-max patterns, these stunning quilts are sure to inspire you. What else will inspire you? Our Q&A with Mary and Connie!

Connie Tesene and Mary EtheringtonStitch This!: Your first two books on Civil War quilts, The Blue and the Gray and Civil War Remembered, were instant best sellers. What inspired you to team up again for Beyond the Battlefield?

Mary (right in photo): We love to sew! We may have closed our quilt shop but we STILL LOVE TO SEW!

ST!: What’s your designing process like—do you draft a pattern first or gather fabrics first? Do you draw ideas on paper or use a computer? And how do you split the work of creating a book?

Mary: I’ve never drafted a pattern using the computer. I wouldn’t even know how!

Connie (left in photo): It all starts with coffee! Mary and I meet at our local coffee shop along with bags of books and drawings. We start with what we are inspired by and the techniques that we want to include in a book. We are both old school, working with rough graph-paper drawings. Sometimes a quilt block will lead to a different setting or idea—there’s a lot of back and forth! The invention of the cell phone with a camera has been a real game changer for us!

Caring Hands quilt
Caring Hands

ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

Mary: Our blog readers are inspiring me right now! They’ve loved making our Bullseye quilt (below) from our most recent quilt-along, and now I’m deciding on the next quilt-along that we’ll do. I want our readers to have that satisfaction of a finished quilt, so whatever I choose will not be too difficult. Want to join us at the Country Threads Chicken Scratch Blog? Sign up in the sidebar here.

Connie: More like who is inspiring me right now—Zen Chic, Kim Diehl, and Carrie Nelson. Also Magnolia Market—we’re remodeling our basement and I love their take on a modern and antique look.

21st-Century Bullseye quilt
21st-Century Bullseye quilt from the eBook
Quilts from Aunt Amy

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

Mary: Bullseye!

Mary’s Bullseye quilt in progress

Connie: Bullseye!

Connie’s Bullseye quilt in progress

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

Mary: Accuracy in cutting, sewing, and pressing. Get familiar and comfortable with your machine, and remember—this isn’t the last quilt you’ll ever make!

Hiding in Plain Sight quilt
Hiding in Plain Sight

5 Quick Questions for Mary and Connie

What’s your secret talent?

Mary: I’ve been a church pianist for 60 years.

Connie: Master Gardener.

What’s the last thing you Googled?

Mary: How to do something on my iPad.

Connie: A recipe for lemon poppy-seed muffins.

What movie have you seen again and again?

Mary: The Sound of Music.

Connie: The Harry Potter movies and The Wizard of Oz.

Heartbeats quilt

Beyond the BattlefieldThanks for answering our pressing questions, Mary and Connie—your new book is absolutely beautiful.

We’re giving away a copy of Beyond the Battlefield to one lucky winner! Will it be you? To enter the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

What size of reproduction fabrics do you own right now?

  • Scads of yardage
  • Stacks of precuts
  • Scraps, scraps, and more scraps
  • All of the above!

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’d like to join Mary and Connie for some Civil Warstyle sewing, order Beyond the Battlefield 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! The winner is Sharon, who says:

“I only have a few pieces of yardage and a lot of small scraps and fat quarters but I’m always searching for good ones. They don’t sell them where I live and it’s hard to tell what they really look like on the computer. Love the new book!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Sharon—congratulations!


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