Day 5: Civil War Era Quilt Book Author Kathleen Tracy

Today I want to introduce you to An Author of some of the very best Civil War Quilting books and Patterns, she also makes jewelry. The Book ” The Civil War Sewing Circle”  I ordered recently to use with my daughters in their sewing lessons, which will be part of our history lessons as well.  You all know that this year, one of my goals is to learn to quilt better, so I have joined Kathy’s Quilt Group ” Small Quilt Talk ”  smallquilttalk  on Yahoo Groups for making small quilts. You will find the link near the end of my post.  I hope you will take a look at the wonderful patterns and books Kathy has on her site and don’t forget to download her free ones for lessons for your Little Ladies !


The Civil War Sewing Circle

Women’s quilting played an important role in the Civil War. My latest book focuses on the role of quilting in women’s sewing circles – quilts made for the soldiers,  fundraising  and friends. When the Civil War began, women quickly organized groups to send blankets, quilts and clothing to support the enlisted men. It was this experience – organizing the making of, distributing and raffling off of quilts for the cause – that led to important changes in women’s roles and had a huge impact on the women’s rights movement after the war. Filled with eloquent excerpts from letters written to and from soldiers and wonderful historical photos that capture the time period so well.The Civil War Sewing Circle contains patterns for 16 appealing projects, including large quilts, doll quilts, a pincushion, sewing box, and needle case, all perfect for your reproduction fabrics.RemberingAdeliacover.jpg.w180h234

Remembering Adelia

 Remembering Adelia was inspired by the diary that was kept by a young woman during the Civil War. Adelia Thomas’ diary had been locked in a trunk in a family’s attic for over 100 years.  I came across it at a local historical society several years ago while I was researching photos for my last book, Prairie Children and Their Quilts

Upon glancing through the diary, I discovered that Adelia was a quilter and I became fascinated with her journal entries about daily life on a farm in northern Illinois in 1861, the year the Civil War broke out. I knew I had to tell her story and design quilts to go along with it.

Remembering Adelia 
features a number of large quilts as well as charming doll quilts and is full of 19th century quilting traditions.
American Doll Quilts

Celebrate the sweet, centuries-old American tradition of antique doll quilts with stories of the past and heirlooms for the future. These simple projects will capture the charm of yesteryear for a child—or the child within.Sixteen designs represent doll quilts made during different periods in American history, starting with the colonial period and moving through the Civil War, the Victorian era, the Great Depression, and World War II.  Explore our country’s quilting traditions while you learn some very basic blocks and simple piecing techniques to make simple little doll quilts much like the ones children learned to make long ago. Create authentic-looking doll quilts for your favorite 18-inch doll or just have fun with your reproduction fabric scraps.Projects in a range of sizes up to 20″ x 22″ include an embroidered medallion quilt, a crazy quilt, Civil War era quilts and needle cases, an Amish quilt and a friendship pillow easy enough for a child to make.Also includes information on fabrics and designs popular during the different historical periods. 
Prairie Children & Their Quilts

What was life like for children growing up on the prairie? Inspired by actual children’s diaries from the American frontier, this follow-up to the bestselling American Doll Quilts gives complete and easy directions to create small, antique-style projects as you read about the lives of pioneer children and their families.

 Fourteen patterns spotlight popular quilt designs from the nineteenth century

• Projects include a signature quilt, a game-board quilt, a schoolhouse quilt, a log cabin quilt, an African American  quilt, a prairie doll apron, and a schoolgirl sampler

• See vintage photos of prairie children, and read actual diary entries from children who traveled with their parents to settle in the West 

You can purchase any of these books and Tracy’s pattern on her website…

I started quilting by making quilts for my daughter’s dolls and made my very first small quilt from a Martingale & Co. pattern book I picked up in 2000. This sparked an interest in quilting history and led to the publication of American Doll Quilts in 2004.  I look to antique quilts for inspiration in making simple little quilts and hope that my books make the past come alive for some of you and also give you a connection with quilters from long ago. My third book,Remembering Adelia, came out in March 2009 and the newest one, The Civil War Sewing Circle, was released in January 2011.

Before turning my hobby into a career, I was an editor in the publishing industry for over 20 years. I live in Illinois with my husband, two children and our two dogs. I love reading, gardening, cooking, making simple beaded jewelry with a scrappy look and, of course, dogs.   

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Today’s Quilt Pattern  Todays Winner is  AMY C !!!!!


Giveaway: Each Day I will be offering a different Quilt E-pattern.

This e-pattern will be emailed to the winner  by me, I have purchased these special for this weeks giveaways !

They are sold by  

So you want to know how you win right…Here it is !

Each thing you do will get you 1 entry ok…

1.  Like my facebook page and leave me a comment telling me you have done so here in comments.

2.  Follow Me on Twitter and leave me a comment here telling me you have done so.

3. Follow Me on Pinterest and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

4.  Leave Me a comment here  telling me about your family quilting adventures or  a quilt in your family.

Please Leave a separate comment for each entry.

There will be a daily drawing (winners announced at the end of the week and at the end of the week will be the surprise drawing.)

The person who comes each day this week and comments daily, will be entered in a Special Surprise Giveaway ! ( Something Special from Me)

Blessings and Much Love,


Do you love Historical Fiction ? Quilting and  Old fashioned Times

Well I think you would love this book series

The Quilted Heart Omnibus by Mona Hodgson


Please join me Thursday to hear more about this wonderful book !

Pre-order your copy today in Paperback or Kindle !

12 thoughts on “Day 5: Civil War Era Quilt Book Author Kathleen Tracy

  1. I’m Baack! 🙂 My story this morning only about me doing the happy dance yesterday. My two younguns let me watch Quilt In A Day with Eleanor Burns. The episode were about earlier quilt designers and she showed some gorgeous vintage quilts. I feel like dragging out some more of my grandmas old squares or tops and work on them. You think it would be okay to lock the kids up somewhere? …just kidding 🙂
    I really enjoyed the post today. Well, I actually enjoyed them all this week. 🙂

    • I use to watch her show Amy, so love learning from videos or shows, would like to have a friend to just sit and talk with while we learn.
      Go get the fabric Girl !!! I am so glad that this inspires others… always glad when something I do or write is inspiring !

    • I was searching arround and found Tracy’s books and well I just had to order one ! I just love it, of course I love all things old fashioned and historical anyways…that is why I read historical fiction also. I am going to teach my girls to quilt over the coming years. I
      joined Tracy’s smallquilttalk group on yahoo and the ladies there are so nice and the pics of the quilts they do are so awesome ! Inspiring !!!!

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