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Civil War Sampler 

Txt message between Tom and I this a.m.

Me:  Did you get the mail yesterday?

Tom:  No, it came too late

Me:  OK, thanks.

Then on with the coat and off to the mailbox I went — which is about 1/4 mile away. Just one of the strange things about the neighborhood where we live in this rental home. The other — the mailman often comes very late — like after 6 p.m.  Yep - this part of the story is irrelevant, though don’t tell Tom as he knows I never get the mail and we don’t want him to get any ideas.  :-)

Anyway, as I expected, the package arrived.   I  knew this after reading a few other blogs who reported they got their package yesterday.   

The Package

My own signed copy of Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Sampler.  I was one of about 40 quilters whose blocks were included in the book as examples and the book was a thank you gift.  So cool.   

This was one of the fabulous outcomes of the popular and addicting CW BOW project she launched in January of 2011 thru her blog.  Hundreds of quilters around the world joined in on this project.  The book includes 50 blocks with instructions for both 8” and 12” finished blocks and a history lesson behind the block design.  Most, but not all blocks from the blog are included — she has replaced some of those with a few new designs.  

Pics of my blocks included in the book

Indiana Puzzle - CW Block 33

Indian Puzzle

Calico Puzzle - CW Block 25

Calico Puzzle

Yankee Puzzle - CW Block 49

Yankee Puzzle

Yep -  you could say I was “quite puzzled” she would want to use my blocks in a book.  

My first thought Are you kidding me?   My 2nd thought — I wonder how quickly I could remake the blocks since I knew the photos would show every possible flaw.  After all I upload the maximum resolution pics of my finished blocks.  LOL

OK — I did not remake them, but it’s true I did think about it.   Then I just relaxed and thanked my lucky stars as I clearly understand …



Thank you Barbara.  I’m honored.   So now I will pet it for awhile and then find a special place to display it in the new sewing room.   And of course buy another one that will be well used as I can definitely see tackling a version of the 12” blocks.  Probably in the colors of the new sewing room.  I have just the wall for it.  


You can order and see a preview of many of pages in the book in this link at CT Publishing

Or buy it thru many other online stores - i.e.,  The Fat Quarter Shop, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.  Not all show it available yet, but I’m sure that will change very soon.   


Reader Comments (3)

How thrilling to have your beautiful blocks included in Barbara's book. This was such a fun project. The history lessons and sharing of all of us making the blocks was so nice to be a part of. I'll bet your heart raced a little when seeing the way Barbara signed the book? Mine sure did! LOL

December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn champion

Very exciting! Congratulations!

December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterQuilter Kathy

Thanks ladies. I appreciate your visit.

And yes Ann - it was such a pleasure (thrilled -- giggle) to see the blocks in Barbara's book... So good to hear from you. I think about you often.

December 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterLucy

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