Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Book is Done!

Santa Claus at the Front
From Harper's Weekly 150 years ago next week
In time for Christmas, as promised, the Civil War Sampler book has been delivered.

I got a box of them two or three weeks ago and I mailed one off to everyone who has a block in the book.

Carol Sanderson
To illustrate the blocks I used pictures from our Flickr page, looking for a variety of colors and fabric ideas.

Melissa Devlin

I think I mailed out 35 books, so 35 different quiltmakers are represented in the book.

Donna at Quilting Bear Gal
Ann Champion

Amzingly enough, within ten days the books were in the hands of the most far-flung contributors. I see that Leisbeth Wessels in the Netherlands has received hers. Leisbeth's block is on the bottom on the page above. Country Log Cabin's at the top. See Leisbeth's blog here:

And Patchie13 from France emailed that she has hers.

Leonie Weathersley (Just Cruising Mbk),
Kathie Coombs (Magpie Memories)
Leonie tells me that she (Just Cruising Mbk), Kathie Coombs (Magpie Memories) and Karen Matthews (Kookaburra Calling) are sisters. They all have blocks in the book.
Karen Matthews (Kookaburra Calling)
Here are some bloggers who have gotten their copies in the mail

Donna at Quilting Bear Gal has got her top together!

The bloggers photographed my inscription. Remind me next time to write neater.

The page at the C&T site says the book is ready although your quilt shop may not have it in quite yet.
You can also buy it as an eBook at the C&T site.

Thanks for all the help and inspiration. I couldn't have done all those blocks myself.

And thanks again for the quilt you made me, The Circle of Friends, which is right up there in the front of the book.


Deb said...

Congrats to all what a great way to send 2012!

Sheila said...

I can't wait for my copy to arrive, Amazon has messaged to say it is on the way. While i don't have a block featured in the book, i did contribute to the "circle of Friends" quilt for you and it was my privilege to do so. Thank you again for being the conduit for the group. It has been wonderful to share the journey with so many talented quilters. Merry christmas to you

Ann Champion said...

This was such a fun project to be a part of! I'd get up each Saturday morning and read the latest post. You made each history lesson so interesting, with the women's roles included.
It was such a thrill to have my blocks included in the book, and the way you signed it made my heart race a bit. Thank you SO much for creating this quilt along and for your generosity.

kathyinozarks said...

what a thoughtful gift.
I pre ordered my book-and love it

Anna said...

An amazing accomplishment, especially for this time of year! Can't wait!

susan said...

I received my book and did the little dance of joy. I have already showed it off to my quilting guild sisters, my family, and "curves" friends, some of who are ordering their own just to get MY autograph! LOL.... Can't thank you enough, Barbara, for your generosity. ~ Susan aka "Stitchin Witch"

Becky in VA said...

What fun to be included in such a beautiful book! Thanks, Barbara, for putting it all together and making us all look so good.

Your blog does, indeed, create a Circle of Friends - a circle that just keeps getting bigger.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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Donna Keating said...

Thank you for including us in your project. It was a joy making these blocks each week and learning a little history along the way.

Sew so crazy! said...

Thank you for all your posts this year - I have loved reading them - always so interesting.
Have a merry Christmas !
Looking forward to the new book.

Maria said...

Thank u very much for including me in your book. I have already received my copy. Its been a wonderful christmas present.
Merry christmas to you and your family.
Regards from Spain

Denniele said...

The book looks lovely. Am hoping there is one under the tree for me....:)

WoolenSails said...

Congratulations on finishing your book. Our library carries your books and others, so I can get them anytime i want.


Jo said...

Thank you Barbara, the Civil War Sampler was so much fun to participate in each Saturday and am enjoying Grandmother's Choice as well. It's such an honor to have blocks included in this beautiful book, thank you for sending a copy. It's been shared with many quilting friends! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Quilting New Year

Reena said...

Congrats on the book! And thanks so much for all your posts. I will be trying to do the blocks you will start in Jan. Love your new fabric- will look for it in the stores!

Mary said...

I must have missed the call to get a book. I heard I have a block on pg 64 though. I'll put it on my list...

Valerie Z said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible book! I received my gift from you and it was the hightlight of my day (year)! I've already ordered several more as Christmas gifts and this is one book everyone must have! The journey of being part of the Circle of Friends has been inspiring and simply perfect. I am currently working on the Grandmothers Choice and loving it as much as the Civil War project. Come January I will be making the block of the month too and looking forward to it! Again, thank you so much for including me in this beautiful book and for the wonderful journey of friendship! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Helen McNaught @ AuntyHennys said...

Dear Barbara,

My heartfelt thanks for your generosity in sending a copy of the book. (Arrived today - Christmas Eve!) All of the above comments have said it all really Barbara. 2011 was a fun year, Saturdays being the highlight of the week. I didn't get my quilt top put together during 2012 but it is my one and only project on the 2013 list and I can't wait to get started.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2013,

Cheers from Helen

Jen said...

A wonderfull achievement,So many inspiring people.I enjoyed following your posts to the end result. Thank you for shareing.

mehitabel said...

I received my copy of the book just before Christmas--a gift "from me to me" so to speak! I wish I had found this blog sooner! My brother has been a Civil War buff for many many years, and I'm making him a quilt using reproduction fabrics. Thanks for inspiration to keep going!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for my book - Barbara, it was such a thrill to have two of my blocks featured in this book but all credit goes to you for your wonderful generosity.
Kathie ( magpiememories)

Ruth said...

What an amazing surprise to see a block that I had made in the new book! I do hope my copy will be there when we get home from our trip, although I don't remember giving you my address. We left home on Dec. 21 and will be gone about a month, so I don't know if one was sent to me. It is quite an honor to have one of my blocks in the book! Getting the quilt finished is one of my top priorities for 2013. Thanks so much for the weekly blocks. I looked forward to them every week and finished them pretty much on time.