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…
FUN QUESTIONS, MY ANSWERS:
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.
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
A CHANCE TO WIN THIS BOOK:
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?
A FREE DOWNLOADABLE HIDE AND SEEK BABY QUILT PATTERN AND OTHER FREE PATTERNS:
Deb Tucker from Studio 180 Designs (http://www.studio180design.net/) 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 http://www.mariebostwick.com/.
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
OTHER BLOG HOP PARICIPANTS
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 – http://quiltinggallery.com/
Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works – http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/
Wendy – Ivory Spring – https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Wednesday, April 25
Jennifer – SewHooked – http://sewhooked.com/
Erin – One Piece at a Time – http://erinrussek.typepad.com/
Thursday, April 26
Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc. – http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
Sandi – A Legacy of Stitches – http://alegacyofstitches.blogspot.com/
Friday, April 27
Michele – With Heart and Hands – http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/
Melissa – Lilac Lane – http://www.blog.melissastramel.com/
Saturday, April 28
Melissa – Sew Bitter Sweet Designs – http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/
Kim – Crafty Apple – http://kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com/
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a lovely day!