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Civil War Legacies: Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics

Civil War Legacies: Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics

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Civil War Legacies: Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics

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Mar 13, 2012


Step back in time with 15 favorite patchwork-quilt patterns from the Civil War Legacies collection by Carol Hopkins. Each pattern design features classic blocks evocative of the era, beautifully showcasing today's reproduction quilt fabrics.

  • Wonderfully scrappy, small quilt patterns in sizes perfect for wall hangings and doll quilts
  • Simple, step-by-step instructions with clear diagrams and pressing directions
  • Value-packed collection with something for every skill level
Mar 13, 2012

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Civil War Legacies - Carol Hopkins


It’s hard to ignore a vintage scrap quilt! We’re charmed by the variety of fabrics found within it and are drawn to take a closer look. As we examine the fabrics, searching to find our favorite, we notice unexpected gems along the way. We wonder who wore the garments that provided the scraps, and what a whole shirt or dress made from the fabric must have looked like. We marvel at the way our foremothers combined prints and colors to make quilts for their children to nestle in.

Civil War Legacies is a collection of 15 quilts that provide an opportunity for you to use your own scraps of reproduction fabrics to create small quilts reminiscent of those from the mid-1860s. Each quilt allows you to showcase dozens of fabrics in simple blocks, arranged in a variety of settings. Small quilts are a perfect way to experiment with combinations of prints and colors without a large investment in time or fabric. These patterns might provide just the right opportunity to pop in a few pieces of that poison-green fabric you’ve been afraid to use, the cheddar fabric your friend convinced you to purchase, or the purple print you acquired in the fabric exchange. Or, heaven forbid, you might even take the ribbon off the fat-quarter bundle you’ve been saving until you found a pattern in which you could use them all!

I’m always asked about the names of my quilts. When I think about the word legacies, I think of artifacts and stories passed through families from generation to generation. Some of my quilt titles reflect people and events associated with the Civil War. Others reflect the stories and experiences of loved ones in my life, whose stories will be passed down through my family. One day, I’m going to create a family-tree quilt—you know, how Edward, of Edward’s Quest (page 18), was the father of Michael of Michael’s Victory (page 26) fame, who was Mo’s uncle of Mo’s Suspenders (page 46), and so on.

Though it’s been more than 150 years since the Civil War, the fabrics you use to create your favorite Civil War Legacies pattern will prompt viewers to pick out their favorites and notice the gems from your reproduction fabric collection. Be sure to include a label on your quilt to commemorate the special people and occasions in your life that prompt you to make quilts.

Alexander’s Bean Pot

Had my brother-in-law, Alex, been a soldier in the Civil War, his culinary skills undoubtedly would have earned him the job of cooking for his fellow soldiers. Even if the available supplies were limited to dried beans, as was often the case, he would have figured out how to make a tasty meal. Coincidentally, the border fabric that I chose for this quilt is a print that looks like kidney beans.

Finished quilt: 36¾ x 43½

Finished block: x 4½


Yardage is based on 42"-wide fabric.

1⅛ yards of gold print for outer border

1 yard of red print for sashing and binding

½ yard of tan print for sashing

20 assorted light fabrics, at least 9 x 9 each, for blocks

20 assorted dark fabrics, at least 9 x 9 each, for blocks

1⅝ yards of fabric for backing

42 x 49 piece of batting


All measurements include ¼"-wide seam allowances. A different light and dark fabric are used in each block. Repeat the cutting directions to make 20 blocks, keeping the fabrics for each block separate.

For One Block

From a light print, cut:

1 strip, 1¼ x 8

16 squares, 1¼ x 1¼

From a dark print, cut:

1 strip, 1¼ x 8

5 squares, 2 x 2

For Sashing, Borders, and Binding

From the red print, cut:

18 strips, 1¼ x 42

5 strips, 2 x 42

From the tan print, cut:

12 strips, 1¼ x 42

From the lengthwise grain of the gold print, cut:

4 strips, 4 x 39


Because this is a scrappy quilt, instructions are for making one block at a time.

1. To make the square-in-a-square units, place a 1¼ light square on one corner of a 2 dark square, right sides together. Sew diagonally across the light square. Fold the resulting light triangle toward the outer corner and press in place. Refer to Making Square-in-a-Square Units on page 74, as needed.

2. In the same manner as before, place a 1¼" light square on an adjacent corner of the same dark square, right sides

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    Civil War Legacies by Carol Hopkins includes 15 pieced patterns using reproduction fabrics. These patterns are great for using up your fabric scraps as they are make small quilts, mostly table toppers to wall hangings. The patterns use such familiar components as half square triangles and flying geese units to make traditional blocks. I like small size patterns, such as the ones in this book, as they work up quickly and are a great way to try out a new block or technique. They can easily be finished on a week-end and would make wonderful gifts.Since the quilts in this book are small, the individual blocks are also small, so accuracy in piecing is important. With some of the blocks finishing at 3", you'll want to ensure that your 1/4" seam is dead on. I view this as a good way to practise your piecing. By the time you've finished several of these projects, you'll be a 1/4" seam ace!I'll admit that reproduction or civil war fabrics aren't my usual choices for making my quilts, but these patterns could easily be adapted for batiks or even daiwabo fabrics, which seem to work especially well with traditional block patterns.