Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cowboy Boot Quilt Block and the Setting of These Is My Words

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 May 2014 is THESE IS MY WORDS: THE DIARY OF SARAH AGNES PRINE by Nancy E. Turner.  It's historical fiction, but the author based the book on the life of her great-grandmother.  Get the book from your local library or bookstore and join us!  It's also available on Kindle right here. 

The setting of this book is the Arizona Territory from 1881-1901.  If you'd like to create a block that represents this book's setting, here are some wonderful ideas to get you started.  By clicking on the title of each block, you will be directed to the free pattern.

Arizona Quilt Block

Arizona #2 Quilt Block

Arizona's Cactus Flower Quilt Block

Cactus Flower Quilt Block

Cactus Star Quilt Block

Cowboy Boot Quilt Block (Paper Pieced) shown above

State of Arizona Quilt Block

Have you ever been to Arizona or lived there?  Inquiring minds want to know!

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Waste Not Quilt Block and the Theme of Survival as a Pioneer.


  1. I was born and raised in AZ and have spent most of my life here. I qualify as a died in the wool desert rat.

  2. I have lived in Phoenix, Az. For the past 6 years. Love every "degree" of it too! Just started quilting, I enjoy your blog.

  3. I traveled to Central and South America when I was 2 3. My boyfriend, his brother and I drove south from Toronto to Florida, then across to Brownsville, Texas where we planned to cross into Mexico. My boyfriend was the cheapest person under the sun and he insisted we camp at a gas station where the owner had said we could pitch our tents in the back 40 (full of old cars, tires etc.) for $5 or some small amount of money, rather than finding a proper campground. In the night his brother got up and went looking for a place to do his business. He fell in a big pit and broke his leg. The next day he had to fly home... Since there were now just two of us to share the cost of gas we decided it would be cheaper to travel by bus and train than with the car. I had a childhood friend who lived in Phoenix and she agreed to let us leave the car at her house (for a year). So we drove to Phoenix and crossed the border south of there. We returned about 10 months later, picked up the car and drove to California, north to Canada, then across Canada to Toronto. The only thing I remember about Arizona is that my friend and the people she lived with drank coke for breakfast. :)

  4. I've never been there. I would love to visit someday (in the winter)!

  5. Sadly, I have never been to Arizona. I am hoping to visit Phoenix and the Grand Canyon sometime (hopefully sometime soon).

    I love this series and am looking forward to ree-reading this book this month.

  6. I have never been to Arizona except by reading
    "These is my words" which I have just finished.
    I am so sad to have finished this book, I shall miss Sarah Prine and her family. The story of her life in late 19th century pioneer country gave me many insights into the reality of living in that time and place and an admiration for those who did. I desperately wanted to shake her at times but I never envied her the shoes she walked, ran and rode in. I laughed and cried with her. A wonderful book.

  7. New Mexico and Colorado are as far west as I've ever been, with the exception of a quick trip to California for a few days.

  8. I've driven through Arizona a few times (I used to live in northern Nevada). Been through Phoenix when it was 116 degrees and stopped to get gas - when I tried to wash my windshield the water evaporated almost as fast as I put it on there. Loved my visit to the Meteor Crater and the Grand Canyon. I love the beauty of the desert, especially when a thunder storm rolls in - nothing like it anywhere!!!

  9. Our kids lived in New Mexico so that is the closest; been over it as we flew to CA several times. My Aunt lives there.

  10. I have driven through but never really stopped for long. I had a sister living there but she moved to Idaho before we had a chance to visit ... and I have not visited her there either.

  11. I've lived here in Az for 25 yrs. I love it but do miss a little humidity sometimes. LOL I've also read the books by Nancy Turner, they take place very near where I live so I really enjoyed them.

  12. I am finding this book very hard to put down. It is a good read.


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