|My Housewife with Stork Scissors Attached|
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Our book to read and discuss during February 2014 is Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. Get the book from your local library or bookstore and join us! If you want to read it on your Kindle, you can get it here.
In the book, Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln's modiste or dressmaker, receives a letter from the captain of Company D, First Missouri Volunteers, informing her that her son has been killed at the Battle of Wilson's Creek. When she receives George's personal effects the next week, included was a housewife - a sewing kit that could be rolled up and tied.
This housewife was essential for Civil War soldiers, who needed to be able to repair their uniforms. It's also a very useful kit for modern quilters today. Here are some photos of my housewife that I made with my Persian Pickle Club quilting group.
|The Outside of My Housewife|
|My Housewife Starting to Be Rolled Up|
|My Housewife Completely Rolled Up and Tied|
What do you use as a sewing kit? Inquiring minds want to know! Answer in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. Plume Books is generously offering two copies of the book. If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Job's Tears Quilt Block and Abraham Lincoln's Birthday.