I’m just getting ready to post online information on how to pre-order the World War II book, it will be up by the end of the day. In the meantime, here is a beautiful book review written by Martha Pullen and it is published here with her permission. I was just so moved by what she had to say about the book that I wanted to share it with you.
I hope you have an awesome day today. May there even be some time to stitch.
Happy stitching ,
Sometimes I find a sewing book that I absolutely ADORE for many reasons. Can I share one of these with you today? Wars are described in history books, in poetry, in fiction, in art, and around the kitchen table with stories of those who went to war or who waited at home. Many times, some of the most vivid pictures of the war are found in diaries or letters. Rosemary Youngs has written an exquisite piece of World War II history by combining actual letters (121 in all) from several families with her beloved quilting. In Quilts from the American Homefront , Rosemary has designed 121 exquisite quilt patterns, each representing one of the letters. Seven sets of letters, from seven different families, are found in the book – each one a piece of history in itself. The letters give insight into the lives of those who served this country during World War II. Beautiful quilt squares have been developed with a theme from these letters such as “Graduation Ceremony,” “Our Little Bundle of Joy, ” “Apricot Jam,” “Quite a Thanksgiving,” “Drive Me Crazy” and “You Are the Sweetest.”
World War II was a time of great patriotism. This gorgeous book illustrates the critical patriotism of these families as well as their heartfelt communication about family matters, as well as events of the war. Small quilt blocks represent each letter; they are made with small prints typical of the World War II era. Lots of photographs of the writers are included as well as interesting things such as a photograph of a Red Cross sewing kit which was presented to many military personnel.
Looking forward to mail was evident from several of these letters. One soldier wrote, “The ship has had no news for sure for a long time now, and we are looking forward to finding bushels of letters when we get back early in September. All my love, Devotedly, Your Husband, Dick.” The quilt square to go with this letter is titled “Free Mail.” The letters are not so much charming as literature as they are genuinely human in their spontaneity and their frankness and their echoing of what was really happening – not only on the ground but in their hearts. The simple, quilt squares carrying a name of the letter are captivating. One sees the essence of the letter in each quilt square made with very simple fabrics.
I think anyone will love reading this book as a piece of history. Quilters will adore making the blocks from family letters even if they were not from World War II. I have many letters from my Mama and Daddy written to each other during this era, although Daddy was living in New York and Mama in Tennessee. I can see taking my letters – their love letters – and making a quilt about their experiences in communicating with paper, pen and stamps. I can use the quilt squares in this book and give them new names to coordinate with Mama and Daddy’s letters. I see making a scrapbook with the letters – much like Rosemary Youngs has done with this gorgeous book – plus pictures and memorabilia to accompany the quilt. Certainly scraps of the quilt square will go on the page with the letter.
This quilt book is not just a lovely book with beautiful quilt squares and excellent directions on how to assemble. It is literature, emotion, history, memoir through quilt squares, excellent design and love connecting yesterday to tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. It is a must-have book for Your library