Friday, September 20, 2013

Curl Up with a Good Book Quilt and the Twin Sisters Quilt Block

In the free, online Quilters' Book Club, we read and discuss a quilt novel each month and then make a quilt block to represent each book.  I have long admired red and white quilts so decided 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's called my "Curl Up with a Good Book Quilt." 
I made this Twin Sisters block to represent our August book club selection, Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick.  Twin sisters Mary Dell and Lydia Dale are main characters in this delightful book. 
This block was first made in 1845 in Pennsylvania.  It is also known as Water Wheel, Whirlwind, Windmill, and Pinwheel.  I downloaded my 9" pattern from BlockBase, choosing to use templates, but I found a free instructional video of the Twin Sisters block by Eleanor Burns here.
This is another Twin Sisters block I had made earlier, but I used squares and half square triangles (21 pieces in all) to put the pattern together instead of the 8 pieces required for the templates.  The templates would not have worked because I wanted to feature the hummingbird that is fussycut in the center block.  I called this block by one of its alternate names, Whirlwind.   
I'm linking up with the Friday Night Block Party here, sponsored by Quilters' Book Club member Elaine. 
Of all the books we've read so far in the Quilters' Book Club, which one is your favorite?  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 you name in a give-away for a copy of The Double Wedding Ring by Clare O'Donohue, courtesy of Plume Books.  There will be two lucky winners this month!
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.


  1. Between Heaven and Texas has been my favorite so far.

  2. Just like I could never pick a favorite kid, I could not pick a favorite book. I like the historical setting of the two Sandra Dallas books, I like a touch of mystery, I like the way the wedding ring worked out, I appreciate the author's input, and I love having a book handy when I am stuck standing on the train or waiting for some event to begin.

  3. Alice's Tulips has been my favorite so far. Probably because it taught me a thing or two about some history from the state I live in. Alice's husband was a POW at a prison here in Georgia. Felt like I was reading a true story instead of fiction.

  4. Between Heaven and Texas is my favorite. I have read her other books in the series.
    Is there a place where I can see the books read and your choice of block. I'd like to start this quilt also.

  5. I have two out of the group that I loved....Between Heaven and Texas & Wedding Ring.

  6. I haven't read Between Heaven and Texas yet, but of the others I think the Persian Pickle club was a favorite.
    Mary Anne

  7. I've only just joined the club but I am eager to get started on the next book. I did read "Patchwork Christmas" over the holidays and it was 3 or 4 short Christmas novels that had to do with quilts and I enjoyed them very much! I've already got the books for the end of the year enjoying your quilt/read along Susan, thanks!


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