It's summer so I have been reading at the pool, at the beach, in the backyard and on trips. Guess what most of my reading selections have been? Quilting novels!!! I like the simple"cozies" - quilting mystery novels especially. They are quick reads that I can finish in a day or two. Of course, I have read and re-read most of Jennifer Chiaverini's books and I have enjoyed Emilie Richards quilt themed novels.  The Benni Harper stories are fun as well.  I started a quilt novel book club on an internet quilters forum  and had a blast last spring with a group of quilting women as we read the novels and "conversed". We took a hiatus for summer and one of the other group members decided to take us on a virtual vacation to Hawaii. We are reading "The Aloha Quilt" by Jennifer Chiaverini. It is a re-read for me but I am enjoying it.  This time I am thinking more about Hawaiian quilts and the traditional way they are constructed. I may try my hand at designing my own pattern. I am creating quilts to go along with the books. I am doing a quilt for each series I read. I have one going for the Emilie Richards books, one for the Elm Creek Quilters, one for Jennifer's historical fiction, one for the Benni Harper series.  Basically I make a block - either the name from the book, or a block that I self-select based on a character, the setting, etc.  I will have several throws when I am through to help me remember how much I enjoyed the novels.

 

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Comment by Lana Laqua on October 5, 2011 at 10:20am
There are several discussions on Quilting novels but Marie Bostwick has a nice series of books.  A single thread, a thread so thin, threading the needle, a thread of truth.  these are out of order.  but they are about a small group of women who have become friends because of their love of quilting and it has gone on from there.
Comment by Barbara A. Wilkins on October 4, 2011 at 10:08pm

I love to read, and have not read any of the quilt novels so far, but would love to check them out. They sound interesting, please send me some suggessions of quilt novels to read. Thanks.

 

Comment by Marcia Fowler on August 16, 2011 at 12:13am

have you read "Lovers Knot"? It's a good mystery, I enjoyed very much...I also love Jennifer C.'s books....I read quilting novels and Knitting novels..my 2 loves in the Hobby World...When my bummed up back and neck hurts, I can knit without pain...so I love both!!!

 

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