Many American women made warm and attractive quilts to honor and benefit US soldiers during the period 1940-1945, either as outright gifts or as raffle items to raise money for the war effort. This book reflects extensive original research of newspaper and magazine articles of the era and authenticates the patterns and designs available to quiltmakers, anchoring the quilts historically in time. Color photos and descriptive text identify many colorful and patriotic quilts made for donation to the Red Cross and organizations such as Bundles for Britain. When possible, original patterns and designs that inspired the quilts are included. The quilts can now be interpreted from factual and objective perspectives, enhancing their historic and emotional importance. The second edition includes 60 additional images.
About Sue Reich
Sue began her love of quilting as a child at her grandmother’s farmhouse in northwestern Pennsylvania. Her interests expanded to the historic documentation of Connecticut’s quilts, and she became a certified AQS appraiser and an NQA trained quilt judge. Sue lectures nationally on a variety of quilt history topics and is well known for curating theme quilts from her extensive collection. As the nationally recognized author of quilt history books, Sue travels widely sharing her quilt research and knowledge. Her books include World War I Quilts; World War II Quilts; Quilts Presidential and Patriotic; Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut; Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting; Crazy as a Bed-Quilt; and Quiltings, Frolicks, and Bees.