#10 - Gettysburg
This design features the Lincoln block & reminds me of the open battlefield at Gettysburg with artillery lined up all around the outside. Can't you just see the infantry running across that open field . . .
I should explain to you that while I worked on these quilts, I didn't have a plan to make them look like a certain battle at all. It just happened as I worked; many times after the whole quilt was done, I'd be reading & writing about the specific battles & then I'd see these signs within the quilts. That is what emerged with the Gettysburg quilt for me.
Surreal . . .
#11 - The Chattanooga quilt uses the Going Around the Mountain block which is so representative of the Battle of Lookout Mountain in 1863.
The zig-zag pattern also reminds me of the meandering of the Tennessee River Valley where much of the fighting occurred.
I love the coloration of this quilt; the golds, dark reds & blues are just my colors. However, we have done a new quilt for the market booth in the large size with the blocks in shades of just brown & blue. It is fabulous, too.
#12 - The Atlanta quilt features the Atlanta quilt block sequence found on page 143 of the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman. That amazing book is where I get all the guidance for the blocks used in my Civil War designs; it is always a starting place for me.
In my narrative inside this pattern (included in all my series quilts) you will find this fictional letter from an army doctor to his wife - "I am so weary from fighting the tide of bodies that stream in from the battlefields. When the worst of it is over & I am able to walk around & look at the men, I tell you, with all the blood, dirt & bandages, you cannot tell a southern boy from a northern boy. I stand in the middle of all this suffering of my countryment & pray for this war to be over soon. Take care of yourself - your love keeps me sane in the midst of this madness." Your loving husband, James