Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
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.