Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mystery Quilt Block and Events in State Fair by Earlene Fowler, Part I

This month, the Quilters' Book Club is reading State Fair: a Benni Harper Mystery by Earlene Fowler.  Do you love to quilt AND love to read?  Then I invite you to join us.  Each month, we read a book, discuss it through comments on my blog posts, and then make a quilt block to represent that book.

If you'd like to make a block to represent an event in the book, here are some suggestions to get you started:

Theft of the Harriet Powers Story Quilt Replica

Cattle Drive:
Hole in the Barn Door

If you'd love to see photos of the Harriet Powers Story Quilt, here's a link sent in by Quilters' Book Club member Lisa from Georgia.  Take the time to check it out.  You won't be sorry!

And here's an interesting article about Harriet that I think you'll enjoy:

Is there a quilter from the past or present whose work you admire?  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 a $20 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!  The more times you comment throughout the month, the greater your chances of winning!  A big thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for this wonderful giveaway!

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.


  1. I admire my mom's quilts. She has decorated her lake home with quilts on every bed.

  2. My Great grandmother's quilts ... made of scraps with blocks so small, work so precise, stitches so even and tiny, such attention to detail ... a legacy to be emulated.

  3. I admire anyone who shares the joy of quilting. It is not shared enough with the younger generation.

    I just made this block. It is on my blog.

  4. Actually I have just finished 5 blocks from this site.
    Mystery quilt block, Chisholm Trail, Hole in the Barn Door, State fair Sunflower & Writers block.
    I am going to put them into a baby's quilt. I have made the all different sizes and will make it fit somehow.

    1. I've posted the link to your blog post, Jo. Check it out under Member Blogs!

  5. My great grandmother quilted. I always loved her quilts. I now own the quilt she gave my parents when they were married, well over 50 years ago. She is the reason I wanted to learn to quilt.

  6. I just started following your blog. Love it! Will there be a new book in Nov?

    1. Yes! Please check out my post called Quilters' Book Club - Looking Ahead to November. You can access it under Blog Archive on the right hand side of my blog.

  7. I just simply admire quilting by each and everyone that has and does do it.

    I loved reading the link about Harriet Powers. Wish you had posted that on Tuesday the day before you posted it, because, I went to Athens, Georgia on Wednesday and had 3 hours to kill while waiting on my customers to conduct some business there. I could have gone to the cemetery and possibly found where she grew up in Athens while I was there. It has been 41 years since I have been to Athens prior to last Wednesday. It's a 2 hour drive from me. When I got home that night, I came here and read your post and went to the link and wish I had known all about where she was from prior to going. ROFL!!!!! It will probably be a loooooooooooooooooooong time before I go back to Athens too. ROFL!!!!

  8. My mother quilted by hand. She made beautiful quilts for everyone in the family and for her home. Her mother also quilted; I have a baby quilt that she made for me when I was born.
    I will say that when I started quilting using a machine she was not too impressed. But, she came around eventually once she saw that it was not a complete departure from familiar patterns and their piecing.


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