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.
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Our book to read and discuss during April 2013 is The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini. It is the first book of her Elm Creek Quilts novels. I realize that many of you may have read this book several years ago, but I thought it would be a good idea to read it again to remember how the Elm Creek Quilts story began.
"Master quilter Sylvia Compson shares the secrets of her creative gifts with her young assistant, Sarah McClure. During their lessons, the intricate, varied threads of Sylvia's life begin to emerge. It is the story of a young wife living through the hardships and agonies of the World War II home front; of a family torn apart by jealously and betrayal; of misunderstanding, loss, and a tragedy that can never be undone."
Get a copy of The Quilter's Apprentice from your local library and join us! If you'd like to learn more about the author, Jennifer Chiaverini, her website is http://elmcreek.net/
If you look at the top of my blog, you will find all the information you need about the Quilters' Book Club. It is never too late to join us! Tip: If you are reading my blog on an Iphone or Ipad, the links will not show up. Make sure you are reading the web version of my post.
This month I will be giving away Marie Bostwick's latest book to one lucky book club member. The book, Between Heaven and Texas, is a prequel to her Cobbled Court Quilts series, and is about Mary Dell, Evelyn's Texas friend we got to know in A Single Thread. Each time you comment on a post about The Quilter's Apprentice this month, your name will be entered into the giveaway. With each new post, your comment will give you another chance to win. The lucky winner will be announced May 1.
Have you read any of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts novels before, or will this be your first one? Please answer in the comments section below. And remember, if you comment, your name will be entered in the drawing for Marie Bostwick's latest book.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post: Christian Cross Quilt Block