We owe an incredible part of our quilting history to Sue Reich. I have her first book – World War II Quilts. It is sooo well done! She shares the quilts and stories of the quilts that represent a generation. Many of these quilts are just surfacing. As Sue says, when they returned from the war, these quilts were placed in cedar chests – and in many cases forgotten. Thanks to Sue, they are now receiving center stage.
In Sue’s own words:
“Since this book was released, 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 quilt makers, 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.”
This book is due out in May. What a great gift!