Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Awhile back, Kathie (the other Kathie :-)) posted about her newest historical quilt book, The Hands That Made Them: the Quilts of Adams County, Pennsylvania.
This piqued my interest right away, as I have family ties to that area. My mother's father was born in Adams County, PA in 1874 and grew up outside Gettysburg, in a tiny town called Fairfield.
When you have family from near Gettysburg, PA, the Civil War and its battles are not simply dry textbook facts. I had ancestors living there experiencing the battle of Gettysburg and all its attending terrors. It's always seemed very real to me.
My Adams County grandfather died young and very tragically nearly 100 years ago. One of the few concrete things of him that remains is his autograph book, which he received on his 14th birthday.
Most of the autographs in the book are from the 1880s. None of the quilters in the book appear in the autograph album, but people in their families do.
One of these days I need to get the autograph album pages scanned and sent off to a historical society in that area...
ANYWAY. I obtained the Adams County book through Interlibrary Loan.
It's fabulous, so full antique quilt-y goodness and inspiration. I just hate the thought of returning it (and that due date is coming up real soon), but plan to photocopy several quilts to file away for future reference. Like many of these historic quilt books (which seem to disappear from print almost as soon as they hit bookstores), this one has ideas and inspiration to last a lifetime for those of us interested in antique quilts.
It's all the more inspiring because the names of many of the makers are familiar to me, like old neighbors.
If anyone has a copy of that book to sell, I'm definitely interested...