I love to quilt, and I love to read - so why not combine these two interests to form a Quilters' Book Club? I invite you to join me. Each month, we'll read a book, discuss it through the comments on my blog posts, and then make a quilt block to represent that book. I'll research several potential blocks to go with the book's themes, setting, main characters, and events. And I'll find the patterns free on the internet, making it easy for everyone to access. Each member can choose the block or blocks they'd like to make. I'll also make sure each book is available on Kindle since so many people use that format for reading.
Now, what fabrics to use for my blocks? I have long admired red and white quilts so decide to keep it simple and go with just two fabrics, Kona Snow and Kona Rich Red. And I have a name for my quilt. It will be called my "Curl Up with a Good Book Quilt." Please feel free to choose whatever fabrics you'd like to use for your quilt. We quilters are such creative people. I can't wait to see what we all create!
Our first book is The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. This will be our book to read and discuss during the month of February, 2013.
"It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up, and there's not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another. In her magical, memorable novel, Sandra Dallas explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad."
I have had the privilege of hearing Sandra speak three times. The last time was by far the most special. All those who bought a ticket to hear her speak were entered into a contest to get to eat dinner with her before her presentation. I could hardly believe it when I received the phone call that I had won! I had a lovely meal with Sandra and her husband in my wonderful local bookstore before she spoke. Here is a link to her website: http://sandradallas.com/ if you'd like to learn more about her and her books.
Get a copy of The Persian Pickle Club from your local library and join us, if you'd like. I love the idea of a book club made up of quilters around the world! If you use fabrics from your stash, your quilt doesn't have to cost anything! Just because I'm using only two fabrics, you certainly don't have to. Feel free to use whatever fabrics you'd like.
If you'd like to be part of the book club, please introduce yourself in the comment section below. We'd love to have you! And if you look on the right side of my blog under Labels, you will find "Quilters' Book Club." If you click on that, you will be able to see every blog post related to the book club.
A tip I'd like to pass on from member Paula C.: If you are reading my blog on an Iphone or Ipad, the links on the right will not show up. Make sure you are reading the web version of my post.
In the next Quilters' Book Club post, I'll give suggestions for quilt blocks related to the theme of friendship found in The Persian Pickle Club: