It is with much excitement that I tell you about the release of my next book. I know that many of you are waiting the release of the next Civil War book which will be in May of 2012, The Civil War Anniversary Quilt Book but I am here today to also tell you about another book.
My fifth book in the series, Letters from the Homefront: The World War II Quilt (tentative title) will be released sometime near the fall of 2012. I have been working this summer on transcribing the World War II letters, collecting photographs and designing the blocks. I absolutely love the fabrics that are being used to make the blocks.
One of my first choices of fabric was the Marcus Brothers Cotton Club by Paula Barnes. I really love the red and the browns, it comes with seven wonderful shiriting fabrics which are used as background fabrics in the blocks and also for the sashing fabric. The sashing is going to be scrappy. Another wonderful collection that is being used, The Tavern Blues from Paula Barnes, Marcus Brothers. The colors blend so well with the cotton club fabrics. I also used some of Judie Rothermel’s Cocheco collection along with some of the blues and reds from her Civil War Journals collection.
One special thing about this project has been the people that I’ve met along the way. I have found many sets of World War II letters, I have also located many family members would never even knew the letters existed. A couple of weeks ago I called a family whose father had served in the Air Force during World War II. I began to tell them about the letters that I had and they were just overjoyed. They said they were all historians and loved genealogy and had no idea how the letters had left their family. They had never seen them and didn’t even know they existed. I told them that the collector that I bought them from, bought them at an estate sale. They asked if it was possible if I could send them a scan of the letter, I told them I don’t have one letter, I have about 100 letters that your father wrote your mother during World War II. At that point they were just totally overwhelmed, I told them that as soon as I am done with the letters I will be more than happy to return them to where they belong. This has happened with more than one family whose letters I am using. It has been such an amazing journey already for me.
Another thing about this book that has made it so special is that I have nine of my dear friends helping me make the blocks. I am starting to assemble the top and bringing all the beautiful blocks together.
My Father who turned 89 last week served in World War II, even though I don’t have any letters that he wrote home to my mom,( sadly to say he shredded them all after she passed away a couple of years ago,) World War II was as interesting as the Civil War letters and diaries were because my dad had stories that he had told us of serving in the war.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you, more information to follow. I hope you all have a wonderful day today and thank you all so much for your wonderful e-mails, encouragement and support.
Have a wonderful day stitching,