Reader-Friend Juanita Nobles is my guest in Week 10 of the Quilters and Quilts Blog Series celebrating the release of The Quilted Heart Omnibus.
MONA: How long have you been a quilter?
JUANITA: I’ve been quilting for 30 years. I started in 1983. I have done all types—paper piecing, applique, piecework, but I usually stick to pretty simple designs.
MONA: Who influenced you to start quilting?
JUANITA: Both my grandmothers quilted, but in those days they just put fabric together because they needed warm covers for the bed. When I started making quilts, it was to make pretty designs with colorful, coordinating pieces. My children were growing up and I wanted to make quilts for them and for their babies which I knew would be coming in a few years, so I taught myself to quilt. I did attend one simple class, but mostly I bought books and fabric and taught myself.
The Quilted Heart Omnibus series of post Civil War novellas released last Tuesday. Reader-friend, Jasmine Augustine, is celebrating with us . . . sharing her Quilters and Quilts story.
Jasmine is dedicating this interview to her Great Grandma, Ellen Derrick (1918-2012).
MONA: How long have you been quilting?
JASMINE: I made my first doll quilt when I was about 12 but didn’t make my first full-sized quilt until 2008, so I have been quilting on and off for either 13 years or 5 years depending on how you look at it.
MONA: Who influenced you to quilt?
JASMINE: Definitely my Grandma and Great-Grandma on my Mother’s side. They have a tradition of making beautiful quilts for their children to great-great-grandchildren. Someday I hope to be a little tea-light next to their large pillar candles. (more…)
A very sick baby boy. A mother’s desperate prayer. A church quilting circle.
Reader-Friend, Susan French, is my guest in Week 4 of my Quilters and Quilts Series. I chose Christmas week to share Susan’s compelling story about the gift of a quilt stitched with love and drenched in prayer. (more…)
Week 3 of our Quilters and Quilts Series has me hosting my sister-friend, Linda Smith. Woohoo!
My Sis Linda Quilting by Machine
When I first entertained the idea to center a women’s retreat series of talks around the concept of quilting, I called my Sis Linda. You see, I don’t quilt. Linda is our family’s designated quilting expert. I may not be a quilter, but I am a writer who is fascinated with metaphors and imagery.
As I planned to talk to women’s groups about the transformed heart
based upon Psalm 19:14, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Psalm 51:10, Proverbs 4:23, and Romans 12:2, the image of quilting the front, batting, and backing came to mind. The Quilted Heart
has become my most popular women’s retreat topic and in January I’ll have a book of three novellas
by the same name, inspired by the truths I share when speaking to women’s groups.
It’s been fun talking to Linda about her history with quilting and looking at some of the quilts she’s made for the family. (more…)
“Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are.” Unknown
We all know books make great gifts.
What makes an even better present?
A themed gift package centered around a book. In case you might like to “gift” my Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek books this Christmas, I decided to add to the fun and put together eight package gift ideas that would compliment the series. (more…)
The day I’ve been waiting for . . . Lori Benton is our guest!
- Lori is a debut novelist whose work reads like that of a polished veteran storyteller.
- Lori writes historical fiction set on the American Frontier.
- Lori’s storytelling brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history.
- Lori’s milestone 30th birthday gave her a chilling and thrilling God-story to share.
And how about this 4 1/2 Star review from Romantic Times:
“…a haunting, moving and masterful story that … will linger in your heart for years to come.” RT Book Reviews Pick of the Month
Then God created sisters. And He blessed me with three.
I write. So it’s pretty easy to figure how what I’m wheeling around in my brown rolling case. A laptop computer, an AlphaSmart, and a USB cord.
For Sis Cindy, it’s either a tea set or painting supplies.
For Sis Tammy, it would be an otoscope and an audiometer since she’s a hearing specialist.
For Sis Linda, the case holds her sewing machine and all things having to do with stichery and quilting. The rolling case pictured above belongs to Linda, who put her quilting chops to good use for our celebration of the Saint Charles Quilting Circle in The Quilted Heart Novellas.
Linda made four Civil War Era quilt squares. Gwen M. won a square in our celebration of Dandelions on the Wind. The second square went to Karen R. in our launch party for Bending Toward the Sun.
Crafted by Mona’s Sister, Linda Gansberg Smith
And now we’re celebrating the May 21st release of Ripples Along the Shore with another Linda Smith Quilt Square giveaway. And because this is the third and final Quilted Heart novella, I’ve added a few other quilt-inspired goodies to the prize package.
The Quilted Heart Giveaway Package
Congratulations to Robyn Conners, the winner of the Quilter’s Prize Pack! Many thanks to all who entered!
If you haven’t fed your eReader with Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, or Ripples Along the Shore, you can find them wherever eBooks are sold! And they’re only $1.99 each!
Do you have a sister? What might we find in her rolling case (assuming she has one)?
El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon
The porch rockers at the El Tovar–our favorite place to be after standing at the rim to gawk.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it, for He founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.”
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.”
“Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken, my salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge” Psalm 62:6,7