Marie’s Blog Hop Tour & Giveaway: Ties that Bind

Good morning, Friends!  I am part of Marie Bostwick‘s Ties that Bind book Blog Hop Tour today.


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 birthday.

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…


1. What drew you into the book?

I rarely read fiction.  When I was contacted to be a part of the blog hop, and saw that the book was quilting-related, I jumped at the opportunity!

2. Which character did you identify with? Give one reason as to why. 

Not one single character per se, but rather the whole community.  Though I am personally a little uncomfortable with the idea of a woman pastor, I am delighted to read about the genuine friendships that were woven into the story.  I treasure deep friendships in my own life, so the genuine friendships among the characters in the book tugged a cord in me.

3. If this is the first book of the series that you have read – will you be reading the rest now?

Yes, and yes as time permits.

4. In 5 words or less state why someone NEEDS to read this novel.

Wholesome, down-to-earth.

5. Did you take a beginner quilting class when you first started out? What was it like and did it inspire you to continue quilting?

Well, not a formal class.  My quilting teacher/mentor and friend patiently helped me navigate through the basic and a few not-so-basic quilting techniques in completing my first quilt that really wasn’t meant for one who has “next to none” sewing experience.  The experience was fun, and boy, did it inspire me!!  I don’t want to bore you with details, click here to read if you are interested.

6. Phillipa signs up to make a baby quilt as her first quilt. Have you made a baby or toddler quilt?

Yes, in fact my first quilt is a baby quilt made for our nephew.  I love it when I go over to their house and see the quilt draped over a special quilt stand!  Read about the story of my first quilt story here.

Here are a few baby quilts I made since that first quilt (click on the names of the quilts for more pictures):

1. Jungle Jim and Jane

2.  Bunny Foo Foo

3.  Baby Steps



Answer any of the following questions in the comment section between now and May 2 for a chance to win the book.  A winner will be selected on May 3, and announcement of winner will be made shortly after.

1.  How long have you been quilting?

2.  What was your first quilt?

3.  Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you?

4.  Do you read any craft-related fiction?



Deb Tucker from Studio 180 Designs ( created this adorable Hide and Seek Baby Quilt to go with the book. The pattern is available as a free download to those who are registered reading friends at

Here are a few other free baby patterns for you to browse:

1.  Reaching for the Stars Growth Chart

2.  Dino 1-2-3

3.  Busytown A to Z

4.  Paddington’s Travels



Visit them all to be inspired by even more quilty pretties, and read about what they think of Ties that Bind!

Tuesday, April 24
Michele – Quilting Gallery –
Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works –
Wendy – Ivory Spring –

Wednesday, April 25
Jennifer – SewHooked –
Erin – One Piece at a Time –

Thursday, April 26
Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc. –
Sandi – A Legacy of Stitches –

Friday, April 27
Michele – With Heart and Hands –
Melissa – Lilac Lane –

Saturday, April 28
Melissa – Sew Bitter Sweet Designs –
Kim – Crafty Apple –

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely day!

134 thoughts on “Marie’s Blog Hop Tour & Giveaway: Ties that Bind

  1. I love Marie Bostwick’s books.
    I have been quilting for about 13years.
    My first quilt was a king size pinwheel quilt, all the pieces were cut out with scissors!
    Although I have made many baby quilts, I no longer have babies for myself.

  2. I can’t wait to read this latest book. I have been quilting for about 8 years. My first quilt was a throw for a family member.

  3. This is my 6th year of quilting – my youngest sister got me started when she wanted the 4 of us to do a round robin. But reading is my #1 favorite hobby & I love Marie Bostwick’s books. thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Although I have been sewing for over 50 years OH MY that is a long time lol. I started to quilt in 1994 I made a king sized butterfly quilt. I have made too many to count since then…. I still love that quilt. I was so proud when I saw it hanging in our quilt show. I am not much of a reader but love to listen to books on tape. I have been listening to some of the Elm Street novels on tape they are great. This book you are featuring looks interesting.

  5. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

    I have been quilting now for about …well…spent a few years dabbling in it and then went full throddle about 16 years ago.

    I love any kind of quilting, baby, large, wall…you name it. My first quilt was squares put together for my first baby and it was tyed.

    I have read two craft related books.

    Thanks again

  6. I have been quilting since 1975, so let’s see… that’s 37 years! Wow! I’ve seen lots of changes and trends in quilting during those years. I enjoy reading quilting fiction, so thank you for the chance to win this book!

  7. My very first “quilt’ was pieced about 1977-78 with squares of fabric scraps from leftovers from previous sewing projects – I used to make most of my clothes many years ago. The scraps were all kinds of fabrics, polyesters, cottons, blends, and many different weaves. I used a cotton thermal blanket of the era for a filler and “quilted” by sewing crazy-quilt stitches around all the blocks with 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss!! This was made for my then 2-year old son, who loved that quilt to shreds – he still asks if I can “fix” his quilt! First quilting class taken right after birth of my daughter early in 1983. I make mostly bed and baby quilts but also a few wall hangings. Have read quite a few of Jennifer Chiaverini’s books, and will have to check out this one – sounds like a good read – though I spend more time quilting than reading these days. Thanks for the pattern links provided above!

  8. This new book sounds very intrigueing…
    I guess I first started quilting back in the early 1990’s. My first quilt was a rail fence pattern for my oldest daughter, twin size. Then I got away from it for a while when I started driving truck, and have just recently (over the past 2 yrs) gotten back to it. My hubby and I are going back on the road soon, so now I have to figure a way to take it with me :-)
    Thank you for introducing us to this new book!

  9. My first quilt was a twin log cabin by Eleanor Burns “Quilt In A Day” done in purple and yellow calico for my little girl. I took a class with a local quilter who raises money for our library. I am still quilting with this teacher and have learned many, many things over the years. Our lastest quilt class was again by Eleanor Burns with “The Underground Railroad” quilt and we have more classes yet to come. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  10. I made my first quilt, Trip Around The World, in 1980 and haven’t stopped making them since. Lately I’ve been trying to clear out my stash a little, so baby quilts have been my quilt of choice since it takes smaller amounts of fabric to complete a top. No babies from family or friends are on the horizon, so I’ll donate them to the church or another local organization to be used as needed.

  11. I do read any “quilt” related fiction I can get. I think it is fun to read about other “quilters” I have also read all of the other books in this series. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I have never read this series before so I guess I had better get started! I have been quilting for about 20 years but fabric has always been my thing…love color and texture. I tend to make lap quilts or smaller because I can manage quilting them myself. Thank you for the opportunity to win:)

  13. sounds interesting and would love to read it. I have been in quilting for over 30 years – love fabric! I hand quilt, hand piece and machine piece and love needle turn applique.

  14. I just started to quilt. I’ve made a throw size rag quilt and I’m currently working on a quilt for our bed!

  15. My first quilt was a baby quilt for my first grandchild. It is done completely by hand. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

  16. My first quilt was also a baby quilt. It was a commercial clothing company pattern that featured I guess shadow applique. This was back in 1976. I still have the pattern and do not understand it any more today then I did back then. I did manage to make the quilt. It was frilly, soft and very feminine. My brother and sister in law had a boy! I don’t think the quilt was ever used, but at least I made a quilt. I make all sizes of quilts, but now mostly design quilts.

  17. I first started quilting about 9 years ago. I make mostly bed quilts but I also make a lot of baby quilts.

  18. I have been working on my first quilt for quite some time as I have had some hand surgery to interrupt my plans. It is a baby quilt that my mother just started many years ago. It is some embroidered blocks of baby animals. I am finishing it for her youngest great-grandchild.

  19. I have been quilting since 2009. My first quilt was a baby quilt made in the quilt class. I like to do baby quilts as they are smaller, and can machine quilt much easier. I read lots of fiction and so far the only craft fiction I have read is that of Piper Donavan a cake decorator and sleuth in the Mary Jane Clarke books. I look forward to reading Marie Bostwick now. Thanks for the contest!

  20. I have been quilting about eight years. I did not realize then this would be my very first quilt. The second quilt was for our second grandson and I used hundreds of two inch square for every occasion you can think of. Until two years ago, he was sleeping with it all the time. It’s been doctor several times and tatter some. He did get a new one, but not replaced. I have made a quilt for all our grandchildren and kiddos. The youngest grandchild does not part with his. He takes it everywhere and does not sleep without it. I love that they enjoy their quilts and I will be making more as they grow. Lately I have been enjoying sewing doll quilts. They get used by the granddaughters when they come to visit. I had not read anything lately this past year. My books have been stacked and dusted off. Hope to slow down soon so I can enjoy sitting on the back porch and enjoy a lazy spring morning watching out my back yard. Judith, Texas

  21. The first quilt I ever made was a baby quilt and I enjoyed it so much that I have been sewing for babies ever since. Thanks so much for the chance to win this book.

  22. My first quilt that I finished was a sampler quilt that I lap quilted. It was on my daughter’s bed for years as she was growing up! But, I do have some blocks that I sewed earler than that, that I want to assemble into a quilt. Thanks for opportunity!

  23. my first quilt was in 99 for my parent’s anniversary. it was a quiltsmart double wedding ring wall hanging. ignorance is bliss!!!

  24. My first quilt was “Yellow Brick Road” in Purple and Green. I had quilted half of it and gave up and bought a free-motion compatible sewing machine. I prefer full/queen/king size quilts but have made quite a few smaller ones for babies and walls.

  25. My first quilt was a pattern that I believe came from a Good Housekeeping magazine in the 70’s or very eary 80’s. It was a rabbit holding some balloons parachuting down into a carrot patch. I had to draw out all of the pieces and enlarge them on paper with 1″ grids as you just didn’t go to a copy store and get them enlarged back then. It was all hand quilted and hung on the wall of my oldest daughter’s nursery. It wasn’t finished until she was 9 months old. She is turning 28 next month. I did my last quilt by machine, embroidering Peter Rabbit in squares and stitch-in-the-ditch quilting around the frames of the squares for my first grandson. I would love to have your talent to do the beautiful freemotion quilting.

  26. The first quilt I ever made was a little babydoll quilt when I was a little girl and then I short of stop quilting and then I made a quilted Christmas tree skirt and then it started all again!!!

    Thank you so very much!!!!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

  27. Thank you for the opportunity to put my name in the hat for Marie’s newest book in this wonderful series! I can’t wait to read it! Your quilta are beautiful. I love the feet and the bunnies and most especially your label – very nice. I have been quilting for 4 years and I have come to realize that it is a sickness. LOL. If you saw my stash, you would think I had been quilting for decades! :)

  28. I first got interested in quilting about 30+ years ago. Did a pillow (didn’t everyone!?!). A small quilt group grew out of a community education class in our little town about 28 years ago and that’s when I started doing more smaller projects. It really hasn’t been but 4-5 yrs ago that doing larger projects became interesting to me. The hand piecing/quilting that was the popular/accepted technique of years ago was just too slow for me and life was too busy to get really serious about it until a few years ago. Now, retired, quilting has become a focus (read “obsession”) and am enjoying it thoroughly!


  30. I’ve been quilting over 40 years (I’m old as dirt…LOL!). The first quilt pattern I can remember making was “Clayton’s Choice”, but I made a few small quilts prior to that one. I make a lot of charity quilts, which are small and also enjoy making full size/king size quilts. Have made many Hawaiian quilts and hand applique’/hand quilting, but you are one that has inspired me to pursue free-motion quilting on a machine (and I love it).


  31. 1. How long have you been quilting?
    – I started quilting in 2008, during my baby break with my first son. But I wasn’t a sewing machine newbie then, I started sewing on a sewing machine when I was 7. :-)
    2. What was your first quilt?
    – My first quilt was a Sunbonnet Sue appliqué quilt in queen size, but my first patchwork ever was a pillowcase from checkered blocks which I made when I was about 9.
    3. Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you?
    – I only can king size – unfortunately – but I’m trying myself on single bed size quilts for my sons.
    4. Do you read any craft-related fiction?
    – no quilting-fiction, just quilting books and normal novels for me :-)
    Best wishes,

  32. I read lots of books, and if they have to do with quilting, or knitting, most times I will try to add them to my library! Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. I read Jennifer Chiaverini, Emalie Richards, Arlene Sachiatano, Wanda Brunstetter and Sandra Dallas, as well as Marie’s books. I made my first quilt in High school, but have come a long long way from that time in 1974. I made quilts for all my 6 babies and still make baby quilts for all my 17 Grandbabies.

  34. I made my first quilt, a log cabin baby quilt, 28 years ago for the birth of my first child, and have been quilting ever since. Thanks for a chance to win a book. I’ve read another in this series and loved it.

  35. How long have I been quilting? hmm, must be about 52 years –at times more avidly (is that a word?) than others. Life seams to have its phases. The fun part is that the quilting community is so broad and yet so near with the increase in print matter and the contribution of technology.

  36. I’ve read most of the Jennifer Chiaverini books, Sandra Dallas books, and I’ve read two of Marie’s books; there is also a Knitting series set in England that is delightful (forgot the name).

  37. About 15 years ago I bought a kit for a small quilted wall hanging which I did make but it has never been quilted. I have always had an interest in quilting so am now using the blog world to learn what I can from each person that I follow and am currently working on a couple quilts. I also love to read and I do follow a sewing mystery series by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. I also read the scrapbooking mystery books by Laura Childs. Marie Bostwick’s books look like my kind of books.

  38. I sew but do not quilt all the time. I made my first quilt in 1984 for my mother in law as a holiday gift. It was a log cabin quilt and fun to do! thanks!

  39. I have been quilting for about 25 years. I do enjoy reading quilting fiction so would love to win Marie’s newest book. Thanks for the chance.

  40. My first quilt was a baby quilt which was hand stitched and the pieces were cut with templates. I did not finish it for about 15 years. I was so tired of seeing it sitting in the closet that I finally machine quilted it.

  41. Ive been quilting for 20 years off and on. Now on. Like bed quilts, feel like it has to have a purpose to put all that work into it. Wish I quilted as fast as the ladies in the books! Thanks!

  42. I love to read and have been known to read entire shelves of books at the library. My first quilt was for our first DS when he graduated to a twin bed. I made him a farm quilt with all the animals in the blocks. Thanks for the chance!

  43. It sounds like a great book. I’d love to read it. My first quilt was a baby quilt for our first son – 42 years ago. Have I really been quilting THAT long????? I loved seeing your baby quilts.

  44. I took a beginner’s quilting class in the 90’s. We learned how to make sticks and stones. We were told to always keep our first quilt, which I have to this day. I like making lap quilts as well as bed quilts; not too many baby quilts for my family. As far as reading goes, I would really enjoy reading Ties that Bind and really appreciate the chance to win such an awesome book. Thank you for participating in the Book Blog Hop Tour and making one of us a winner.

    Sandi T.

  45. I’ve been quilting for a long time. I believe in using quilts so some are bed, lap and lately many are baby quilts. Thanks.

  46. I made my first quilt in a beginner’s quilting class. It was a nine-patch with mitered borders in a lap size. I’ve made mostly lap quilts and a few smaller baby quilts. I like making smaller projects like table runners and wall hangings as well. I have read lots of craft based fiction, such as the Friday Night Knitters series and Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts series.
    Would love to win a copy of Marie’s book. Thanks.

  47. I’ve been quilting for nearly 30 years now. The first quilt I made was a Sunbonnet Sue wall hanging. Thanks for the giveway, and greetings from Norway.

  48. I’ve read a couple of knitting related novels and enjoyed them, but I have yet to get my hands on any that had quilting as a theme. Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. I have been quilting for 19 years. My first quilt was a baby quilt that my mom had started the cross stitch for, then passed away. I finished it for my nephew when he was born. That’s how I know how long I have been quilting…It’s how old he is! :)

  50. I’ve been quilting for 12 year and make mostly wall hangings and ‘art’ quilts. I do read the Elm Creek series.

  51. I adore Marie’s novels and any other novel that has a quilting theme. I have been quilting for 3 years. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Marie’s new novel.

  52. I have been quilting for at least 20 years. My first quilt was an Irish Chain {Quilt in a Day} I enjoy making baby quilts cause they are faster to finish. I LOVE to read quilt related books, especially mysteries. Thanks for the info on Marie. I will be checking on her books.

  53. I’ve been quilting for about 20 years. I’ve read all of Marie’s books, all of Jennier Chiaverini’s books, and many other craft related fiction books. I enjoy seeing my hobbies take a part in the stories. I’m looking forward to Marie’s new book!

  54. I have been quilting on and off since 1995 but more seriously in last five years.My first quilt was a flannel one for my son and it was a job for my first quilt.

  55. I have been quilting for 20 years. My first quilt was a baby quilt. I love to read quilt related fiction. I will definitely check out Marie’s books. i am always looking for books for my kindle.

  56. So far I’ve made more bed quilts than baby quilts, but if I ever have grandchildren, that just might change.

  57. How long have you been quilting? About 36 years. My first quilt was a crib quilt for my oldest son. I was making a crazy quilt, and I thought that meant you just kept adding strips/pieces til it was big enough. Needless to say, the end were some really long pieces!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  58. I’ve been quilting about 18 years. My first quilt was a sampler. I love to read quilt-y fiction! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  59. Thanks for the opportunity to win Marie’s book. The first ever quilt I made was when I was about 16 far too many years ago. I cut out a square from the Weeties packet and used that for a template. Still have that quilt.

    Happy days.

  60. I realize I only have to answer one question..but they are all good ones.
    1. How long have you been quilting? I started in 2008 -so about four years.

    2. What was your first quilt? The very first quilt I made was a gift for my niece to take to college. (She is about to finish Nursing School and I am so proud of her.) I started with a block I found in a magazine. But then I “made up” some blocks also. So it is a scrappy quilt.

    3. Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you? I have done both.

    4. Do you read any craft-related fiction? I have read several but I have not yet read any by Marie. (so I hope I win one!)

  61. It seems that I’ve been sewing all of my life…well most of it anyway. I’ve been quilting for about 6 years. I’ve made all sizes of quilts from baby to King. I’m hooked!

  62. Hi I have been quilting for about 20 years now and I learned from the Eleanore Burns show…My first quilt was a tulip one for my bed…if I look at it now wow have I come a long way…

  63. I got started quilting because someone gave me a beautiful quilt for my first born, which inspired me to make them for friends whom were also pregnant about the same time as I was. To this day I love making baby quilts as they are quick and cute, but my tastes run the gamut from art to tradtional, big and small. I have read a couple of Marie’s books that have been at the library, but have not been able to folllow the story of the cobbled court series as the librarys in our area have not purchased any but the first two. I would love to win a copy and I would most likely donate it to the local library when I was done if they were interested in having it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  64. I have been quilting since last September. I have baby quilts to make and bedsize quilts to make.

    4. I just discovered Marie Bostwick’s book series this year and am excited for the new book that came out today! I also read Jennier Chiaverini’s book series and love them too.

  65. My first quilt was a green and gold flannel lap quilt for a University of Oregon themed auction basket for my son’s school. It was quite a hit!

  66. I have been quilting for about 18 years. I have one of Marie’s books, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. :) It would be nice to have another one, to start collecting the rest. I have read most of Jennifer’s Chiaverini’s books and do own all of them. Thanks, Wendy!

  67. I started quilting about 20 years ago ! I did a pillow, then a Full size quilt
    For a long time there was o need for children’s quilts in my family . I made many practice !!!! Lap size one. Also did many for The Linous project, then my children started to have children, the rest you can image .
    I have read some but as usualy I forget the name or ?. Sorry about that ,but I remember the STORY .
    I got a blog long ago been occupied with grand kids I’m back now, never done this blog hop ?.. First time ,,hope I’m doing it correct.

  68. I have been quilting about 10 years. My first quilt was the Fence Rail….and I have been hooked ever since! Would love to read this book…thanks so much for the chance to win it!

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  70. I’ve been quilting for about 10 years, thanks to Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day TV show. got hooked watching her on Saturday mornings! Thanks El!

  71. The first quilt I made was a 4-block sampler wall hanging. I like to read fictional craft-related stories.

  72. I love to read craft related fiction, especially about quilting. I have several of Marie’s books and will look forward to more.
    I started quilting over 30 years ago and was very interested in Georgia Bonesteel’s series of quilt-as-you-go. I didn’t do blocks, but rows of a quilt at time.

  73. Thanks for the chance to win a book, I don’t know this series but would love to discover it. I have been quilting for about 10 years. My first quilt was a wall-hanging for my cousin with lots of applique. I make a mix of things, big quilts, baby quilts, bags. wall-hanging. I love craft-related fiction.

  74. I’ve been quilting for a long time – almost 30 years. I love it just as much today as when I first started. Thanks for a chance to win this lovely book.

  75. Love to quilt and love to read! Have been quilting about 24 years. I’ve been wanting to read Marie’s books, but they don’t have them at our library. I would be tickled to win and get started on her series!

  76. great post! love your reactions and including baby quilt patterns to check out-TY!
    Q What was your first quilt? a massive queen size for one of the members of the church ladies quilting group. ea participant was to end up with a finished quilt – unfortunately, not moi! the only one who missed out on that delite!

    Q Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you? love them all and wallhangings, tablerunners, placemats – YES! when it’s quilted :)

  77. 1. How long have you been quilting? I’ve been quilting for about 6 years.

    2. What was your first quilt? My first quilt was a sampler quilt in my beginner’s class.

    3. Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you? I like to do both, plus everything else like runners and wall hangings.

    4. Do you read any craft-related fiction? I have read quilt-related fiction.

  78. Started quilting about 8 years ago but only got into it big time since I took early retirement 2years ago -love making baby or lap size quilts

  79. I’ve been quilting for 10 years and my first quilt “Scrap Happy” still isn’t finished. I’ve made and finished many since then but just never seem to get back to my first one. I like to make both baby and bed quilts. Right now I’m working on both at the same time. I read a great deal of craft- related fiction. I love all the Marie Bostwick novels, Emilie Richards, Jennifer C., Wanda Brunsetter, and many other Amish quilt book authors. Thanks for the opportunity to win your latest book.

  80. I actually quilted about 55 years ago but started again about 20 years ago. I make baby/lap sized quilts usually. I think my first one on my own was a wall quilt. I ready many craft-related fiction or listen to it.

  81. I have been quilting for about 8 years. Have made all of my grandkids a quilt. When I look at the first ones I can see how much I have learned.

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  83. 1. I’ve been quilting since 2004, but sewing since 4 yrs old. 2. My first quilt was a log cabin I tried with no quilting knowledge such as the very necessary 1/4″ seam allowance, lol. the results were less than perfect, but I kept it. 3. I love all quilt sizes; the deciding factor would be the design itself. 4. I love Marie’s books and have read a few other craft-fiction books and have really enjoy them. ~Thanks for the chance to win Marie’s latest :-)

  84. My first quilt was a Log Cabin, and was given to my mom. That was back in about 1980. I still love quilting.

  85. My first quilt was courthouse steps. I got a quilt book from a friend for Christmas and could not wait for the day after so I could go buy fabric to start. I also hand quilted it. WHAT WAS I THINKING. I didn’t know about machine quilting. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know anything about quilting. But it has been a wonderful fun ride.

  86. I have been quilting 1 year, my first finished product was a wall hanging in a beginning quilting class last summer. I am working on my first baby quilt right now for my newest great-great niece “Hallie Faith.” I love reading and recently found the Jennifer Chevarini novels and now I will have to get Marie’s. Marie’s will have special meaning since Marie was my mothers name and my middle name.

  87. I have been quilting for about 30 years, but REALLY quilting as a passion for about 10. I tend to make bed quilts most. Thank you for being a part of this fabulous give-a-way! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Marie’s series of books and can’t wait till I get this newest one!

  88. I have been quilting since 2001. I started shortly after my mom died, and it still makes me feel close to her; she was a wonderful seamstress who tried patiently to teach me.

  89. I’ve been seriously ‘quilting’ for a little over 20 years – yikes! Seems like only yesterday…but I’ve always sewn and actually I made my very first quilt when I was in college – for my best friend – it was made of ‘stuffed squares’ – remember those? Eegads…that was about 35yrs ago…wonder if she still has it, LOL…thanks for the ‘memories’ (I hadn’t thought about that quilt in years) and THANKS for a chance to win Marie’s book.

  90. I made my first quilt block when I was about 20 but did not begin to quilt seriously until 1996 which was about 20 years later. I make bed quilts mostly but do make a baby wrap that looks like a clover leaf shape. Its a good shape for inside car seats.
    Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely book.
    Regards from western Canada,

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  92. I love reading craft related fiction – in fact I have thoroughly enjoyed Marie’s other books in this series. I have been quilting for about the lst three-four years but have sewn forever! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!!

  93. 1. How long have you been quilting?

    I have bee quilting since 10 years

    2. What was your first quilt?

    It was an sampler for me, a bedquilt.

    3. Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you?

    I made both.

    4. Do you read any craft-related fiction?
    Sorry, my english is not so god. I don´t understand this question.

    Greeting Guilitta

  94. I have been quilting since the early 80’s and am entirely self-taught. My first quilt was made with a cardboard triangle template, from my grandmother’s, aunt and uncle’s clothing. Since I had no idea what I was doing, it ultimately had to be tied instead of quilted! I love reading Earlene Fowler. I prefer to make bed quilts, if not for me, for family.

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  96. I have been quilting for almost 30 years.
    My first quilt was a 9 block sampler that I learned at a quilt shop before there were any of the tools we use today.
    I have made both baby and bed quilts and all sorts of things in between.
    I have read most of the Elm Creek Quilting books.

  97. I began quilting 2.5 yeaars ago. My first project was a wall hanging and I prefer bed size quilts. I love fiction books with crafting themes.

  98. Yes I have read other craft related fiction. I have read and have on audio to listen too when I quilt, the entire Elm Creek Quilt series, it’s wonderful. I was so delighted to happen onto Marie Bostwicks Cobbled Court series, just a couple of months ago. I have really enjoyed every book in the series so far and can’t wait to read this newest one. Thanks so much for a chance and for the free patterns. Hugs…

  99. The first quilt I pieced all myself was pieced trucks and cars that I designed and made about 1982 but I paid a lady to hand quilt it so I hope that counts. The first quilt that pieced and machine quilted with a walking foot by myself in 2003 was a small watercolor quilt. My quilting has come a long way.
    Thanks for taking part in this blog hop.

  100. I learned how to quilt in high school (about 1979) but didn’t do much after that, until I saw a PBS quilt show and saw the great strides in quiltmaking (rotary cutters, etc.). I made a log cabin queen size quilt as my first quilt. I usually make bed quilts, but am just starting to make baby quilts and I have 25 nieces and nephews who will be starting the marriage/baby journey soon. I’m actually thinking ahead for once! Yes, I love craft-related fiction. I have read Marie’s first 4 books and am anxiously awaiting this newest one.

  101. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I really, really can’t wait to read more of Marie’s book :-) I started quilting in about 1994 if you don’t count the patchwork bedspread that I made in 1970 but didn’t get finished till my grandmother tied it for me in late 80’s. My first quilt was a snowball and nine patch with a Noah’s Ark collection. I like to make all size, lap and bed quilts. smaller is probably more fun though. I have loved reading The Elm Creek series and am so happy to begin The Cobbled Court series…having just learned about it for the first time in this blog hop. Can not wait :-)

  102. I’ve been quilting for 4 years. My first quilt was a baby quilt that I made for my cousins first born. I’ve made a lot of quilts since then. Many baby quilts, and many bed quilts. I do read a lot of fiction. I have never read any of her books and would love to win this copy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  103. I’ve been quilting since the mid-70’s, when I took a class to make a hand pieced & quilted Dresden plate pillow. One of our dogs tore it up some years later, but I was already hooked & have just kept going ever since!

  104. I have been quilting since the 70’s and learned from a very young Georgia Bonsteel on a PBS channel. My first 2 quilts were for my young daughters, strip pieced then sew and flipped to sew the rows onto the backing and batting. It was very innovative in that day. I’ve been quilting ever since and have lost track of the number of quilts I’ve made…of course every time someone’s having a baby around me there just has to be a quilt. It’s the material equivalent to a big hug, I think.

  105. I do read Craft Fiction but am selective as to who has written it and their personal agendas in life. I have found that Marie has a fabulous personal agenda as far as quilts go, she is my hero. She is genuine and real. Fun to talk to. Wait, who said fiction? Those folks from Cobbled Court aren’t real? I can’t believe it, they seem real when I am reading their stories! Uh-oh! Thanks to you and Marie for a chance to win a copy of her latest relief. It will look nice sitting next to it’s sisters in my bookcase. :)

  106. 1. How long have you been quilting? 13 years

    2. What was your first quilt? It was a lap sized rail fence

    3. Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you? I prefer bed quilts, but make a baby quilt for any baby that comes along

    4. Do you read any craft-related fiction? All that I can find! Marie Bostwick, Jennifer Chiaverrini and Sandra Dallas.

  107. I would love to read quilt related fiction, and try out a new to me author. I have been quilting for 30 years.

  108. 1. How long have you been quilting? I made my first quilt, a Quilt In A Day Log Cabin about 22 years ago. I didn’t make many for years, but now make lots.

    2. Baby quilts or Bed Quilts for you? I make all sizes, and purses and clothes and costumes, and…

    .3. Do you read any craft-related fiction?
    I love the Elm Creek series by Jennifer Chiaverini, and Someday Quilts by C. O’Donohue. I’m looking foward to a new author and series! Thanks for the info.

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  110. I have been quilting about 7 years, seriously for the past 5. I like a variety of sizes, some larger and some quick smaller projects. My first quilt was a rag quilt for a gift. I’ve read the first 2 books, and have the third in this series. Also like the Elm Creek Quilts books and Clare O’Donohue’s series.

  111. I’ve been quilting 30 years. I made a going away quilt for my school director. Each person made a block and I sashed and quilted it. I love bed quilts. I have read Sandra Dallas and Jennifer Chiaverini, I can’t wait to read this one.

  112. I have been quilting for about 30 years. I took 1 beginners class when I graduated from college and have been happily quilting since then.

  113. I made my first quilt in 1996 as a wedding gift. I love reading Marie Bostwick’s stories. Thanks, can’t wait to read this one.

  114. How exciting to find another author to read. I love reading quilt related stories/mysteries. I love the series books as well. I have been quilting over 22 years. I had a coworker teach me to quilt. My first quilt was a queen size, hearts hand appliqued in a rainbow effect. I also hand quilted it. I can see my improvement on hand quilting as I left my “first stitches” in place. I have made baby quilts but prefer to make bed size.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  115. I love Marie Bostwick’s books and also craft-related fiction. Right now I’m into Amish fiction and love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s books so much since they always have to do with quilts and quilting. I’ve also read knitting and embroidery related fiction, but like the quilting the best! Thanks. :)

  116. I took a quilting class back in the early eighties – we were taught everything from hand piecing to hand quilting. This particular teacher, a real purist, actually looked down her nose at using a machine! A few years later I began taking classes on machine piecing and quilting and that’s mostly what I do now, although I still keep a hand quilting project around to work on at night; I doubt if I would ever hand piece again!

  117. Since I taught myself to quilt and didn’t know any better, my first quilt was a king and a pattern I made myself out of cheap fabric I had on hand. Needless to say, I’ve learned better since then.

  118. I put purchased binding on a pre-quilted panel in 1975 while expecting my first child. I went on to quilt some panels for family births before I took my first class and started piecing in 1978. I’ve read a few Debbie McCrombre novels, J. Chaverini and several others. I probably spelled the names wrong. I usually make lap or twin size minimum and larger.

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