Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Friendship Scrap Quilt Block and the Theme of Friendship in Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

Friendship Scrap Block Quilt Block
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.  If you love to quilt and read, please join us!  It's easy to jump in anytime.  Check out the Quilters' Book Club Schedule right here.  
Our book to read and discuss during February 2014 is Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Get the book from your local library or bookstore and join us!  If you want to read it on your Kindle, you can get it here.

If you'd like to make a quilt block to represent the theme of friendship in this book, here are some ideas to get you started:

Theme of Female Friendships:

Best Friends Quilt Block

Friendly Hand Quilt Block

Friendship Block Quilt Block

Friendship Circle Quilt Block

Friendship Scrap Block Quilt Block shown above

Friendship Star Quilt Block

Friendship Star Variation Quilt Block

Friend's Star Quilt Block

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Lincoln tells Elizabeth, “You are the only good, kind friend I have anymore, and I don’t know how I shall get along without you” p. 259.  Is the friendship one-sided or do you think that Mrs. Lincoln is also a friend to Elizabeth?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Answer in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.  Plume Books is generously offering two copies of the book.  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.  Winner will be announced March 1.  

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Four Winds Quilt Block and February Weather.


  1. I really like this block, Susie. The colors are bright but I haven't seen it with the triangle working thru the middle of the block - so simple, and so interesting.

  2. Love the colors of this block- thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book

  3. Just got the book, almost at chapter three.

  4. I think Mrs. Lincoln was as close a friend as she knew how to be. She seemed afraid of getting close to anyone.
    I love the book.

  5. Do you all watch Downton Abbey? The relationship between Mrs. Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth reminds me of the relationship between Lady Mary and her Lady's Maid Anna on Downton Abbey. There is much more exchange of confidences between them than I expected. However, it is certainly not a friendship between equals.

  6. I haven't read far enough to know yet. I will agree that they weren't equals. I like the colors in the block. I wouldn't have thought they would go together, but they do!

  7. I think that Mrs Lincoln realises the depth of Elizabeth's loyalty and is able to confide in her much more than in her so called friends. And as a result becomes very dependent on Elizabeth. They are very definitely not equals


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