Louisa May Alcott: Quilts of Her Life, He Work, Her Heart

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Authored by quilt historian Terry Clothier Thompson, this book looks at the Civil War through the eyes of Louisa May Alcott. Louisa is best known for writing children's stories and Little Women, but she was also very involved with the anti-slavery movement, rights for women, and served as a Civil War nurse.

The heart of the book is the Louisa quilt. In this quilt there are nine cameo blocks that tell the story of Louisa and her family's life in New England. Also, as part of the quilt, there are six pieced blocks from the Civil War era that can be used to make soldiers quilts.

Along with the Louisa quilt, the book contains patterns for three authentic soliders quilts and another magnificent appliqued quilt called Concord, Mass.

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Why I designed the Louisa quilt.

I grew up in the 1940's and 50's. Children played jacks, traded comic books, listened to the radio, and sat on the front porch playing card games. One of my favorites was Authors. The game featured thirteen famous male authors and one famous female American author, Louisa May Alcott. I was impressed that she was placed with such famous writers and I always hoped I would draw her card first. Of course I had to read Little Women and I watched every movie ever made about Louisa and her family. When I became a mother, I would read her books to my daughter Shannon.

Three years ago I attended a local antique show and bought an old book titled Life, Letters and Journals--Louisa M. Alcott. I opened the book to the first page on which the dedication was written: To-- Mrs. Anna B. Pratt. Anna was the sole surviving sister of Louisa May Alcott, and her never failing help, comforter, and friend from birth to death. Anna gave Louisa's letters (those that were not too personal), journals, and her mother and fathers' early letters to Ednah Cheney to assemble into the book. The letters and notations begin in 1832 and end February 8, 1888.

Reading passages from her letters and journal showed me Louisa's character, thoughts and feelings. Her financial struggles and her self image inspired me to try to capture cameos of her life through this story quilt of a storyteller. Each block portrays events in the lives of the Alcott family. Throughout Louisa May Alcott: Quilts of Her Life, Her Work, Her Heart, you will find passages taken from this inspiring book.

My intention for the book is to combine history with the making of quilts. I believe knowing the facts of historical quilts makes the making of the quilt more meaningful.

-Terry Clothier Thompson

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