Saturday, March 2, 2013

Quilters' Book Club March Selection - A Single Thread


 
Do you love to quilt AND love to read?  I invite you to join the free, online Quilters' Book Club.  Each month, we read a book, discuss it through comments on my blog posts, and then make a quilt block to represent that book.  I research several potential blocks to go with the book's themes, setting, main characters, and events.  And I 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. 

To join, become a follower of my blog so you won't miss any blog post.  Leave a comment, letting us know you'd like to join.  That's it!  To make it super convenient, you can also sign up for my posts to be delivered right to you via email. 

Our book to read and discuss during March 2013 is A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick.  It's the first book in her Cobbled Court Quilts Series. 

"It's a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realise she's found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn's wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a store front is easy enough; starting a new life isn't. Little does Evelyn imagine it will bring a trio like Abigail Burgess, her niece Liza, and Margot Matthews through her door.Troubled and angry after her mother's death, Liza threatens to embarrass her Aunt Abigail all over town unless she joins her for quilting classes. A victim of downsizing at the peak of her career, Margot hopes an event hosted by the quilt shop could be a great chance to network - and keep from dying of boredom...As they stitch their unique creations, Evelyn, Abigail, Liza, and Margot form a sisterhood they never sought - but one that they'll be grateful for when the unexpected provides a poignant reminder of the single thread that binds us all."

Get a copy of A Single Thread from your local library and join us!  If you'd like to learn more about the author, Marie Bostwick, her website is:  http://mariebostwick.com/  

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post:
 http://starwoodquilter.blogspot.com/2013/02/third-discussion-of-persian-pickle-club.html    

40 comments:

  1. Looking forward to starting the book tonight as my husband is going out with some work colleagues. I hope more people join in with the book discussion this time. You put in a huge effort to this book club, with your researcg and posts, it would be nice to have a better response in return.

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    1. Diane, I'm glad that you've got some time for reading tonight. I'm hoping, too, that more people will participate this time. I think they will! It takes some time to get new things off the ground, but I've had a lot of fun with the book club so far.

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  2. There was only one copy available in our little library and it was checked out, but I placed a hold on it so I can get started. Looking forward to this month's postings.

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    1. Bonnie, at least your library had the book! I'm excited that we're on our second month of the book club.

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    2. Me, too. Hopefully my book will be in this week.

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  3. I read this book when I found it/purchased it at Walmart when it was new. It's been awhile. I don't have the book anymore, and so I plan to sit this one out. I will be keeping up with your blog and the comments though. Enjoy!

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    1. June, feel free to comment since you've already read the book!

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  4. I am sooooooo excited to part of this group!!! As I said before I ordered the book and it should be in soon! I've even decided the fabrics and layouts for the quilt. I'm going to do red work blocks, so I will pick something about the main character to stitch! I was gifted some fabric from a friend who moved, and what a great way to use some of it for a sal with fellow quilters! I appreciate all your hard work in putting this together! I'm so looking forward to the discussion!!! I will also read last month's book and put in my "two cents worth" when I finish!!

    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Doniene, we're so happy that you're part of the book club. And I absolutely love the idea of redwork blocks! If you see any free patterns online for redwork that would go with our monthly books, please let us know. Others might be interested in making redwork blocks, too. I think you'll enjoy The Persian Pickle Club from last month, and you are always encouraged to comment on any book, even if it's not that month's selection.

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    2. Doniene, what a lovely idea for you quilt. After reading the Persian Pickle Club, it has made me want to share fabrics with some friends in a project. With all the beautiful fabrics available to purchase today, we are spoilt for choice, but how lovely to have a special quilt to remind us of friends.

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  5. I just ordered this one from Amazon. It had an excerpt from the book and I can tell from the few pages I read that this is my kind of book. Alas, my library doesn't have it in downloadable form, my preferred method.

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    1. Suslee, we're excited to have you as part of the book club. I'm glad you were able to get the book from Amazon.

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    2. How is it going, Suslee? Did you have a chance to get started on the book yet?

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  6. A quilter's bookclub! What a fun idea! I'm glad you're all reading A SINGLE THREAD. I think you'll enjoy it and look forward to following along as you read it.

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    1. This is our second book, so we're a new book club. We're excited to be reading A Single Thread for the month of March.

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  7. I read "A Single Thread" a couple of years ago. I'm looking forward to my second time through and making a block commemorating the read. Marie Bostwick...I love the Cobblestone Quilt series...just saying" :)

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    1. It's always amazing what you discover when you read a book a second time. This will be the second time for me as well.

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    2. Thanks, Mama T. I love writing them. I'm working on #6 right now, should be out in spring of 2014. But be sure to pick up a copy of BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS when it comes out on April 30. It's a prequel to the series, focuses on Mary Dell. It's a little different than the other books but I think you'll love it.

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    3. I love the idea of a book that focuses on Mary Dell! I really like her.

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  8. hello i just joined this group ,i have a question how do i find the books to read with group,and i would like to buy book framers daughter would it have all the patterns in book and recipes too would like know ,thak you nellie

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    1. Welcome to the group! I would first check and see if your local library has the books. If not, you could try ordering the book from Amazon.com. They offer both new and used copies of books. I'm sorry, but there is no Farmer's Daughter book. It is a quilt I made using patterns from several sources. I have written a blog post about each block and always state the pattern source.

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  9. I finished the book tonight, what a lovely story, I just couldn't put the book down.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, Diane. It's the first in a series of five books, I believe, if you're interested in reading more.

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  10. I just received the February book from my library yesterday and finished it a few minutes ago. It was great! I have ordered A Single Thread and hope it comes quicker than the last one.

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    1. You're a fast reader, Janet! I'm glad you enjoyed The Persian Pickle Club. Feel free to still comment about it under February Book at the top of my blog. I hope you get A Single Thread soon!

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    2. Yes, the questions at the back of the book and the ones we have on the website are the same.

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  11. Hello All--I picked up "A Single Thread" at the library yesterday and got the first four chapters read so far. I can identify with the main character already. I know I'm really going to enjoy it.

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    1. Bonnie, I think Marie Bostwick is a good writer. I'm rereading the book a second time since I read the book awhile ago. I'm putting a little sticky note on certain pages so I'm better prepared for our discussion. It's so hard to go back and try to find a particular passage if you don't do this! (Don't ask me how I know!)

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    2. I finished the book yesterday morning. I enjoyed it. I won't say anymore until you post your discussion points. The book I checked out from my library had some discussion questions at the end of it.

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    3. Bonnie, I also found some discussion questions on Marie's website. I wonder if they're the same ones.

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    4. I don't know. Would you like me to scan you a page or two of the questions?

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    5. That would be great, Bonnie. Thank you.

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  12. I love the idea of a quilter's book club and would like to join in on the fun. Hope to get the book soon. Thanks.

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    1. Welcome to the book club, Linda! We're thrilled to have you as part of the group. Your local library may have A Single Thread. You might want to check there first.

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  13. Wondering how everybody is coming along in their reading. Let me know if you have any questions!

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  14. I finished the book in two days. It is a great story of courage and faith, and an example of how love, devotion and deep friendship can develop among individuals if they will just reach out to each other. Loved it.

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  15. About to buy this, have been wanting to read it for a long time! This club is going to be great!

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    1. So happy to have you part of the group, Julie!

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