Saturday, September 16, 2017

Big News! and a Giveaway!

  I know I've been out of the picture for months and I apologize to all my followers for that. I knew if I posted before this, I'd spill the beans too soon. I have some very exciting news to share. Around the middle of May I received a call at work from Amelia Johanson, an editor at Martingale Publishing. She asked if I had ever considered writing a book. I had to sit down quick or risk falling down or wetting myself! :) I said I indeed had thought of it. We chatted for a few minutes about my ideas and whether to proceed. After several email correspondences, it was decided to run my ideas past the other editors. They liked my ideas and voted to proceed with it. School was out the end of May and I started making quilts for the proposed book. I received my contract by the 3rd week in June and I've been busy ever since.

  The proposed title for my book is Quilts of Love & Valor. It is inspired by Charles F. Larimer's book Love & Valor: Intimate Civil War Letters between Captain Jacob and Emeline Ritner. My son gave me that book for Christmas in 2002 and I fell in love with it. The Ritners were a family living in  Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, during the Civil War and are Charles' great great grandparents. If you enjoy history, especially the Civil War, or you enjoy reading diaries or letters written in the past, you'll love his book. Some quilt shops sell it, but you can order it directly from Charles by emailing him at: clarimer@prodigy.net. Here is the cover. The ISBN #is 0-9673863-0-6.


  My book will feature 14 quilts (with patterns) I created from inspiration I got from the Ritner's letters. Sadly, none of Emeline's quilts remain in the family's possession today. Whether they wore out with time, were sold, or given away, we'll never know. Each of my quilts are based on common themes running through the letters or sometimes one particularly moving letter. Knowing that quilters often make quilts to help them deal with hardships, grief, and suffering, or in times of joy and celebration, I put myself in Emeline's place and created quilts as she would have. Given her financial means and standing in the community, I envisioned her as a quilter who had a large scrap collection from years of sewing for her family and could afford yardage when she needed it for borders and setting blocks. As most quilters have a favorite block, I believe Emeline did too. Her favorite appears in several quilts as the main block or in various sizes  in borders or cornerstones. You'll have to read my book to see if you can spot her favorite block. :) The book will also have the letters that inspired me, Ritner family photos ,and some pictures of orphan blocks and antique sewing items, all from my private collection.

  As a thank you to my followers for sticking with me in my absence, I'm hosting a giveaway. Just for fun, I'd like you to send me your guess for what Emeline's favorite quilt pattern may have been. By a random drawing of all entries, the winner will receive a gallon size Ziploc bag of scraps left from the sewing of the Love & Valor  quilt collection. I'll draw the winning name on Friday the 22nd. If you aren't a Follower, join now; then use your imagination and think like a 1860's quilter to guess Emeline's fave.

  Keep Stitching!
     Becky

24 comments:

  1. congratulations on your new book.....anxious to see it when available

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  2. Hello Becky I have been a keen follower of your blog for a longtime.Congrstulations on your new book and hope I can purchase it as I live in Australia.What an exciting time for you.I will hazard a guess as the favourite block would be log cabin

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  3. Congrats on the new book. Anxious to see it.

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  4. Congratulations! What an accomplishment and a lovely one at that😊

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  5. Congratulations on your book. 'Road to Appomattox' quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  6. Your new book sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read it. Log cabin would be my first guess. I know that part of me lived during 1860.

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  7. Congratulations on your upcoming book. Sounds like a "must have." I think the versatile sawtooth/variable star block would be my guess for her favorite block.

    Terry

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  8. I'm guessing monkey wrench/churn dash. Thanks!

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  9. Your book sounds wonderful! Can't wait to see it! I think she might like something with 9-patches in it. They are so versatile.

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  10. Your new book sounds very intriguing. I love that in addition to patterns, you are including actual letters and other period ephemera. So much more than just a pattern book. I think Emeline's favorite block would have been a log cabin.

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  11. Congratulations Becky. I will guess that Emeline's favorite block would have been a 4 patch or a 9 patch :)

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  12. So excited for you!! Congratulations! My guess would be Whig rose!

    Blessings and hugs!

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  13. I can't wait to read the new book. Maybe a churn dash or a bow tie.

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  14. fantastic news and what an honor! i choose dresden plate...

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  15. Looking forward to your book. My guess would be "churn dash", my favorite block as well.

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  16. How exciting!! It sounds like a very interesting book. I'm going to guess a sawtooth star as her favorite block. I can't wait to hear/see more about your book!!

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  17. Congratulations! I look,forward to learning more about your book.

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  18. Wow! How exciting for you! Congrats on becoming an author! I will keep it simple and say a 9-patch. Can't wait to see the book when it comes out!

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  19. Congratulations!! Look forward to seeing this lovely book! I have no idea what some of the Civil War blocks are called so will just say nine patches or star blocks!
    Lola

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  20. Contratulations on your book and I too will be looking for it. I have a dear friend who is all wrapped up in historical quilts and this sounds like something she would enjoy as well as the book that inspired your book. My guess would be the churn dash.

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  21. Awesome news! I am so happy for you and I'm confident the book will be a very good read.:)

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