Sunday, January 5, 2014

Quilters' Book Club January Selection and Winners!


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 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.     


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

After her Aunt Teza’s test results turn out to be inconclusive, Dot Cooper resolves to raise money for a new mammogram machine, through the creation and auction of a magnificent, king-sized quilt to be sewn by the women of Jefferson City.

Dot’s efforts quickly draw the support of disparate members of the community, including newcomer Beth Donnelly, married to a local pastor; Elaine Giovanni, the stylish wife of a local surgeon; and an ailing Aunt Teza. But as the four different generations work the squares of the quilt, they are also confronted with ragged pieces of their own lives.

Though the women could not be more different on the surface, they hold in common quiet suffering triggered by painful circumstances: the death of children, the abandonment of husbands, the loneliness of depression. Yet their struggles will bring them closer together than they ever could have anticipated, and their lives will be dramatically changed, as together they experience the curative powers of The Healing Quilt.


*****And we have our winners for December*****
 linda and Jeanne
Congratulations to you both! 
Send your mailing address to starwoodquilter@gmail.com ,
and Plume Books will get your prize right out to you!
 
Have you read any books by Lauraine Snelling?  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 Broken Sugar Bowl Quilt Block and Making Aunt Gerda's Apple Strudel.

23 comments:

  1. Eeek -- is that me Jeanne??!! I'm delighted, thank you!! I'll email you my address.

    Happy New Year, Susan! Things are getting back to normal here after a busy holiday season. I received "Alice's Tulips" for Christmas, and would love to win "Prayers for Sale", another Sandra Dallas book, also :)

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  2. Would love to win "Prayers For Sale" Thank you for a chance to win

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  3. I've read the Rid River of the North series by Lauraine Snelling. This is a historical fiction series about Scandinavian immigrants who live in the Dakotas. I enjoyed them very much!

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    1. That series sounds interesting, Karen. I've only read this one book by Lauraine Snelling.

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  4. This is one of the books my son sent me for my birthday and I am well into the reading. I have not heard of this author before picking up this book. This is the first time I have books on hand to read. I really miss having access to a library so every book I do get my hands on is a treasure.
    Thanks for introducing us to these authors and keeping a focus to our reading. You are my inspiration and I am going to love this quilt.

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    1. I can't imagine having an access to a library. My library district is so wonderful. And I've enjoyed being exposed to new authors as well. I have loved the quilters I've gotten to know through our book club.

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  5. I haven't read anything by this author before. But I was able to buy The Healing Quilt for my e-reader so I'll be reading along this month :)

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    1. Hurrah! So happy you'll be reading along this month!

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  6. I don't think I've read it. But am going to get if from the library and read along this month

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    1. We'd absolutely love to have you join us, Beth! Welcome!

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  7. I haven't read Lauraine Snelling yet! I love reading novels with a quilting theme. Looking forward to participating in your book club!

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    1. We're thrilled to have you, Tammy! Welcome!

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  8. I have only read the first chapter and it promises to bring on the tears!! Very captivating start and looking forward to reading the rest.

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    1. It is one of those books that bring on the tears! But it's a wonderful book, I think. So happy that you're joining us, Beth!

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  9. I read this book a couple of years ago. Awesome. I think I'll re-read it along.

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    1. We'd love to have you re-read it with us, Vonna!

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  10. I have read several books of hers through the years, this one has actually been on my radar to purchase once I can. What a fun activity!

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  11. I finished the book The Healing Quilt. This is my first book by her. I had to go to the next county for the book. Yes, I cried. Look forward to having time to work on the blocks. look forward to other books.

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    1. I cried, too, RoseMary! So very happy to have you in the book club.

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  12. I have not read other books by this author. I would like to find and read others. I like the way the author develops the characters and their very human issues making them easy to identify with.

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