In the Quilters' Book Club this month, we're reading Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall, written in 1898. If you have a Kindle or a Kindle app, you can get it from Amazon.com here. If you want to read it directly from your computer, you can do so here, courtesy of Project Gutenberg. It's a public domain book so is available free in either format.
This book consists of nine short stories. Each story is told by Aunt Jane in a humorous way that is full of wisdom. The eighth story in the book is called "Mary Andrews' Dinner-Party" and is fifty-four pages long. It's about not truly knowing what a person is like until after you marry them. Sometimes the person is who you think they are, but sometimes they are not. Mary Andrews' husband Harvey turns out to be very stingy and miserly to his wife and family but does a good job of hiding that fact from the neighbors (and from Mary before their marriage).
If you'd like to make the Steps to the Altar quilt block shown above to represent this story, I found the pattern in Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Herd. Very similar patterns can be found free online here and here.
In December, the book selection for the Quilters' Book Club is The Christmas Quilt: an Elm Creek Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini. It's realistic fiction set in Pennsylvania and perfect for this time of year! Get it now from your library or local bookstore and join us in reading and discussing this book.
After reading about what was in Harvey's old cabin, I was reminded of the show on TV about hoarders! When it comes to material possessions, are you more of a "saver" or more of a "tosser"? Inquiring minds want to know! Please reply in the comments sections below for a chance to win a copy of Jennifer Chiaverini's just-released book, An Elm Creek Quilts Companion, courtesy of Plume Books. If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.