Monday, January 6, 2014

Friendship Star Variation Quilt Block and the Theme of Friendship in The Healing Quilt by Lauraine Snelling

Friendship Star Variation
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, all you need to do is become a follower of my blog 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.  It is never too late to join and begin reading and sewing along with us.  

I have chosen to make my quilt blocks out of only two fabrics, Kona Snow and Kona Rich Red.  And I have a name for my quilt.  It will be called my "Curl Up with a Good Book Quilt."  But, please feel free to choose whatever fabrics you'd like to use for your quilt, especially fabrics from your stash.  We quilters are such creative people.  I can't wait to see what we all create!

If you check out the book each month from your local library and use fabric from your stash, there will be no cost at all to you!        

Our book to read and discuss during January 2014 is The Healing Quilt by Lauraine Snelling.  Get the book from your local library or bookstore and join us!  It's also available on Kindle

In The Healing Quilt, there are two overriding themes.  The first is a theme of friendship.

If you'd like to create a quilt block to represent this book's theme of friendship, here are some free patterns for you:

Friendly Hand Quilt Block

Friendship Quilt Block

Friendship Scrap Quilt Block (shown below)

Friendship Star Quilt Block

Friendship Star Variation Quilt Block (shown above)

Right Hand of Friendship Quilt Block

These are just suggestions.  If you have another idea, please use it!  Each person's quilt will end up uniquely their own!

Tomorrow, we'll talk about the other theme in the book. 

Friendship Scrap Quilt Block

How important to you is the friendship of other women?   Do you have many close friends or just a few?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Answer in the comment section below for a chance to win a hardcover copy of Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas.  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 Children's Delight Quilt Block and What's on Your Nightstand?


  1. I love the friendship star block. It was one of the first ones that learned to do and it's about the only one that doesn't normally give me hassles when I try to piece blocks together. :) Friendships are one of the important things in life to have. The friendships we forge throughout our lives help carry us through the bad spots and are there to cheer us when we have victories.

  2. The scrappy block might work for me but I still have a lot of the story to read before I decide.
    It is interesting that I had only one good friend as a kid and one good friend in both high school and college. Since I came to Japan I have had few close women friends and most of those leave with time. It almost gets painful to make good friends because you have to say good bye so soon. I do have many men friends because of Scouting but that is not the same kind of friendship. Maybe that is why I am enjoying my new blogging friends so much. Those I have met in person have been as wonderful as I expected.

  3. Could you post a link to kindle book. Thank you

    1. If you click the word "Kindle" in the blog post, it will take you to the link in Amazon.

  4. I have lived in a new place for 2 ½ years. I'm slowly getting to know people and know that in time some of them will become my true friends. I am happy to be back nearer extended family and have appreciated having good times with them. I like the Friendship Scrap block.

  5. I have a few very close friends. Unfortunately I do not see them as often as I'd like because we live at a distance. That makes our times together very special!


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