|Friendship Scrap Block|
This month, the Quilters' Book Club is reading and discussing Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas. Some of us are also making a quilt block to go with the book.
The author said that in Alice's Tulips, she wanted to write about the women who are left behind during wartime and the bonds they forge with one another.
I found several blocks online that represent this theme. Click on the name to be directed to the pattern.
Friendly Hand Quilt Block
Friendship Block Quilt Block
Friendship Circle Quilt Block
Friendship Name Chain Quilt Block
Friendship Scrap Block Quilt Block
Friendship Star Quilt Block
Friendship Star Variation Quilt Block
Right Hand of Friendship
Member Lisa0116 wrote that the novel Gone with the Wind has a similar theme of women left behind during the Civil War. I have a non-fiction book called Since You Went Away: World War II Letters from American Women on the Home Front by Judy Barrett Litoff and David C. Smith. The authors collected 25,000 letters from 400 women - sweethearts, wives, mothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, the "girl next door," and just plain friends. Many of these letters were designed to cheer the soldiers, so they sound a bit different than one sister honestly writing to another sister as in Alice's Tulips.
Now it's your turn. Can you think of other books you've read that have this theme of women left behind during wartime and the bonds they forge with one another? It can be fiction or non-fiction. Inquiring minds want to know! Please answer in the comments section below. (If you are reading via email, click through to my blog to comment or read the comments of others.)
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