I'm so excited to be part of this blog tour today! Before reading this book, I had never read any of Marie Bostwick's books. I was a little leery of jumping into the middle of a series, but it was as if this book stood alone. This is one of those great books where the characters become your close friends. I would love to call up the main characters and see what they're up to now. Do you know what I mean?
Here's a synopsis:
Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive
the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is
on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews' friend, Abigail, is trying to
match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job
at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she's made in New
Bern; she just never thought she'd still be single on her fortieth
It's a shock to the entire town when Phillip A. Clarkson turns
out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female
pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in—finding ways to
ease the townspeople's burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast
friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot's family apart,
that bond—and the help of her quilting sisterhood—will prove a saving grace. And
as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to
realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life's fabric that provide
its richest hues and deepest meaning…
I truly loved this book! Would you like to win a copy for yourself? Simply leave a comment here on my blog. The winners will be drawn on May 2.
For other chances to win, stop at all the other blogs on the hop:
Well, I'm so excited to tell you all that I have a little project in the new issue of the Fat Quarterly! Available tomorrow to subscribers and Tuesday to those buying off the "rack", here's a glimpse of my fun pattern.
Issue 9 is all about sewing for kids. In addition to a review of my All Dolled Up Tote, I have a little doll sleeping bag and pillow pattern. It uses a zipper, but you could substitute Velcro and be finished in under an hour. I looked over the whole issue and it's so cute! Get yours today.
I've finally reached the end of the new patterns to show before market. Here is my second embroidery pattern, Pastime Pillows.
As you can see from the pictures, there are instructions to create the 16" bird pillow and the 18" flower pillow. These were so much fun to create! In fact, I will have kits available at Sample Spree. The birds were stitched by Teresa Taramasso, who also stitched a project for my book. The flowers were stitched by Shelly Paglai. She made a quilt in my book! Make sure you visit Shelly's blog to see her take on this project. So these two sweet ladies are high on my good list.
I'm not sure if you can see the flowers, but I added yellow beads to the centers for a little sparkle. Rhinestones would be pretty too.
Hope you love this pattern! Market is coming up so soon.
Secondly, Lisa of That Crazy Quilty Girl did the quilting on this. It really became a work of art after she was through with it. My goodness, I've never seen such intricate quilting! She and a few other people have been real life savers on my book as well.
I hope you all love it. Not only that, but I hope you'll invest the time to create your own. The cross stitch is straight forward and quite simple -- no half or fourth stitches. And only cross stitch and back stitch to make the entire block. I think it would also make a gorgeous pillow.
For now, it's only available as an e-pattern, but of course I'll let you know when it's available on paper as well!
Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably caught pieces of this from time to time, mostly as I was pulling my hair out trying to get all my patterns and this gigantic project done, all in one spring.
I'm so excited to introduce you to my book, A Year of Making Life Beautiful. It will be available starting at spring market.
The idea was to develop the book as months, each complete with their own sets of month-appropriate projects. The book contains twelve quilting projects, fourteen recipes, ten crafts, four embroidery projects, several other sewing projects as well as something for the garden each month. I'll tease you with the cover and of course, lots more info will be coming out soon!