Monday, July 1, 2013

Quilters' Book Club Selection for July and a Winner

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.

To join, become a follower of my blog on Bloglovin' so you won't miss any blog post.  To make it super convenient, you can also sign up for my posts to be delivered right to you via email.  (If you are reading my posts via email, be sure to click on the blog title to be able to comment and to read the comments of others.)  It is never too late to join and begin reading and sewing along with us.     

Our book to read and discuss during July 2013 is Wedding Quilt by Emilie Richards.  It's the first book in her Shenandoah Album series and is set in Virginia.  Check out the book from your local library and join us!

"Meet Helen, the expert quilt maker and family curmudgeon, who pieced a wedding ring quilt top for her hope chest, only to put it away without quilting it after her marriage ended abruptly.  

"Meet steel magnolia Nancy, Helen’s daughter, who found the top and quilted it in the early, unhappy days of her own marriage as she struggled to uphold and strengthen the vows she had made.  

"Meet Tessa, Nancy’s daughter, whose happy marriage, like the wedding ring quilt, is now in tatters.  Can Tessa restore the quilt and her marriage, or are both efforts futile. 

"Three women, three generations, forced together during one brutally hot summer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  Which will break first, the heat wave that has sucked the life from the rich valley soil or the bonds tentatively uniting one small family. 

"Or will the lessons the women learn from each other save them all?"
     - from Emilie Richards' website

Do you have a quilt in your family that has been passed down from one generation to the next?  Inquiring minds want to know! Answer in the comment section below.  If you are reading via email, you must first click on the blog title to be able to comment and read the comments of others.  By commenting, you are entering your name in a giveaway for Clare O'Donohue's book, The Devil's Puzzle, part of her Someday Quilts Mystery Series.  Plume Books has generously offered copies of Clare's book for TWO lucky winners this month.  

**The winner of the Quilters' Book Club Giveaway for the month of June is ANudge!  Her name was drawn out of the hat!  ANudge, please e-mail me at so I can arrange to get you your $20 gift certificate to 

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here. 


  1. The finished block from the last book is sitting on my lap and will be ironed,photographed,and posted when I get up from the sofa. The next book is "in the mail" as Amazon reports.
    Since I have been living in Japan, the heritage quilts all went to my siblings except for on that my dad kept. It was made by my great grandmother and he was thinking of donating it to a museum. Well, I don't think it is a stunning museum piece and I begged to have it rather than see it in some museum half a world away. I have one quilt made by my mother as do all my children (baby quilts). All my children and all but one grandchild have at least one quilt made by me. (when the owl is finished, it will fly to the remaining grandchild)

  2. My great grandmothers' crazy quilt is a cherished heirloom in my family. It's a very heavy quilt designed to keep you warm. Some of the patched of more delicate fabric are thread-bear but most of it is intact. We take very good care of it. The hand embroidery on the quilt is exquisite. A lot of time and love went into it. I was lucky enough to know my great grandmother before she passed away, and this crazy quilt is held in great esteem with many fond memories attached to it.

  3. I don't have any quilts that have been handed down - as far as I know, I'm the only quilter in the family. I really hope that some of the quilts I've made are still around for my great-great grandkids:)

  4. The quilts I have were handed down from my husband's grandmother. As far as my immediate family, I am the only quilter. Looking forward to reading and quilting for some summer relaxation.

  5. I don't have any handed down quilts unless you count some of mine that have become worn enough to hand down to the dog for her kennel! I hope some of the ones I've made will be treasured by the upcoming generations.

  6. I have several quilt tops that were made by my grandmother who was born in 1886. Any quilts she made were used to the point of falling apart. There was no appreciation of a quilt by her children since the quilts were viewed as something used to protect a nicer item from being damaged. I have a quilt she made that has large holes created from it being placed between bed springs & a mattress to protect the mattress from being rubbed by the springs. My mother who is now 91 years old regrets that view & hopes I will find a way to salvage the remaining tops. Hope I will be able to pass them on to my children & grandchildren as finished quilts or take parts & incorporate them in current projects.

  7. I just started reading this book today and am on page 121 and can't wait to start reading some more.

    Yes I have a quilt that a step-grandmother made that I grew up with. She gave us several of her feed sack quilts when I was about 6 years old. I have the one that is some kind of flower that has about 5 different names. It is on my blog.

  8. There is only one handed down quilt in my family. It is made of large blocks (12 inches or so) of alternating brown solids and an orange/white/brown print which is not a cotton fabric. It sounds ugly and brown is my least favourite colour, but I really love what this quilt looks like. It is nicely sewn with delicate stitches around the binding. I inherited it from my parents' home. I have no idea where they got it. There is no history of quilt making in my family that I am aware of.

  9. I unfortunately don't own any heirlooms, there are no other quilter's in my ancestry that I know of. It's lovely to think that some of mine may one day be handed down, but then I do make them to be used so time will tell how they prosper.

  10. Good Morning, I have been blessed with one quilt from my paternal Grandma. I have no history on the quilt and it is in tatters, but I love it just the same. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

  11. My husband used a quilt that his mom made for his bed back in the 60s. It has small hexagons of old scraps from making clothes with small white squares between the hexagons. It is all tattered now, but it's interesting to see the old wool blanket that his mom used for the batting. I want to make him a replacement hexagon quilt.

  12. I do not have any heirloom quilts from my side of the family, but I do have one from my husband's side. It is a lovely blue Grandmother's Flower Garden.

  13. When my MIL died in 2012 she had a list of items to be passed on to family members, including a hand embroidered quilt of bridal baskets with flowers that she'd made, and was quilted by her mother and aunt. She had a hand written note pinned to the quilt with the above information and the year, 1940, no label, so I scanned the note and labeled the quilt. My dear husband got that quilt when the family items were dispersed. I am the only quilter and feel lucky to have it in my possession to pass down to my children one day ... my DH passed away 5 months after his mom.


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