“Lucy’s Collection” is inspired by Lucy Lambert Hale, one of the narrators of Jennifer Chiaverini’s historical novel Fates and Traitors. Lucy was charming, pretty, intelligent, and very popular in social circles both in Washington, DC and in her native state of New Hampshire. The younger daughter of the abolitionist Senator John Parker Hale, Lucy was staunchly loyal to her family and to the Union, and she highly esteemed President Lincoln. She had admired John Wilkes Booth from the first time she had seen him perform on the stage, and when they met in the capital in the waning months of the war, she quickly fell in love, and Booth gave her every reason to believe he felt the same.
“Lucy’s Collection” reflects the fabric designs and colors typically found in quiltmaking and dress goods available in the Civil War era. This collection of reproduction prints features florals, trailing vines, and foulards with fancy picotage grounds that are ideal for traditional pieced quilts. The collection also includes a stripe ideal for sashings and borders, and an elegant moiré that offers a creamy ground for appliqué.