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Quilters and Quilts, Week 8 ~ Karen Powell

Karen Powell Wedding Ring Banner
Karen Powell is my guest today. Not only is Karen a reader-friend quilter, she is also the Assistant Manager at Crossroads Books and Coffee in Phoenix, Arizona. Last summer, for a book signing event for Prairie Song at Crossroads, Karen decorated the book table with period pieces including a beautiful quilt made by her grandmother. Our chat about quilting prompted me to invite Karen to participate in this Quilters and Quilts Series.
MONA: How old were you when you started quilting?

KAREN: I started sewing when I was ten, made first quilt when I was 20. 

MONA: Who influenced you to become a quilter?

KAREN: My grandmother taught me many things, among them was the ability to sew.

MONA: What was your first quilting project?

KAREN: A simple block pattern with yarn ties at the corners.

Karen Powel quilt circles in squares

MONA: How many quilts have you made?

KAREN: Nine.

MONA: Do you have a favorite pattern?

KAREN: Double Wedding Ring.

Karen Powell Green Wedding Ring

MONA: What is your favorite part of the quilting process?

KAREN: Pinning and stitching…makes for a nice time of prayer for the recipient of the quilt.

MONA: A double blessing. What do you do with most of the quilts you make?

 KAREN: Gifts, especially for weddings and babies.

Karen Powell Baby Quilt

MONA: Have you learned any life lessons from quilting?

KAREN: When we persevere in things and bring them to completion, others can be encouraged by our efforts. Also, I have learned to balance work and rest (for me quilting is a nice way to rest).

MONA: Good lessons. What bit of advice would you give someone who wants to start quilting?

KAREN: Give yourself grace and have fun.

Karen Powell Gl Pink circles

MONA: Good counsel, Karen. Thanks so much for sharing your quilting story.

Have you ever made a quilt for a wedding gift or baby gift? Or received a quilt as a wedding or baby gift? What pattern?

Book Signing Event for The Quilted Heart Omnibus

Small Quilted Heart Series Omni

 

WHERE: Crossroads Books & Coffee

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 2014; 10 a.m. to noon

GIVEAWAY: While supplies last, receive a FREE sampler quilt kit when you come to celebrate the release of THE QUILTED HEART novellas.

Author Book Signings with a Twist

You may know you can find me on the worldwide web, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, GoodReads, the Book Club Network, and here on my Hindsight blog. You may even know you can connect with me through my quarterly e-newsletter update, but you may not have thought to look for me at a chuckwagon supper or at a carriage house.

Book 3 in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series

Last month, Bob and I embarked on a Colorado Road Trip Book Tour for The Bride Wore Blue, the third book in The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series.

Book signings give me the opportunity to connect with bookstore managers and staff as well as with readers. That’s all good! But since I was going to stack a few book signings back-to-back, I tapped my fingertip on my chin and set myself to thinking of ways I could mix it up a bit.

I don’t know that you’d necessarily consider my ideas brilliant, but they were definitely fun to instigate.

Play Dress-Up

I write western stories set in the 1800’s. Furthermore, my present series is set in the late 1890’s. While I feed stories into my computer, I try to bring my time period and characters to life for my readers. Why not do so during promotional events?

That question sent me on a search for period appropriate costumes. Gowns, day dresses, skirts, shirtwaists, petticoats, gloves, boots, and hats. No crinolines, corsets, or bustles for me. That decision saved us the trouble of having to haul around a fainting couch.

My sister, Cindy, the “tea party lady,” told me about www.recollections.com and the owner of a cowboy shop in Sedona told my hubby, Bob, about the Wild West Mercantile in Mesa, Arizona. Both were much more reasonably priced than other resources I’d investigated.

Glen Eyrie

Several years ago, at Murdoch’s in Montrose, Colorado, I’d found a pair of brown lace-up boots. My sister, Linda, and I both bought a pair. When I bought a purple and black lace Victorian set from the Wild West Mercantile (www.wwmerc.com), I needed a pair of black boots. My hubby Bob found them at a yard sale in the color and size I needed. You can see more about Bob’s yard sale treasure hunts on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/monahodgson/bob-s-yard-sale-finds. And don’t miss the upcoming post that features Bob’s top tips for yard sale success.

Add a New Venue

I appreciate traditional bookstores and booksellers, and included several in my stops on the book tour. The staff and customers at Mardel Christian Store in Colorado Springs loved the costumes.

Flying W Ranch

As I planned this trip and thought about my particular target audience—the readers of historical fiction, I began to brainstorm venues that might hold special appeal for my particular audience. For its western theme, I came up with the Flying W Ranch. The chuckwagon supper and cowboy show was a bonus. For its historical appeal, the Glen Eyrie Bookstore, which is set in a carriage house. Glen Eyrie is the home of the Navigators and the grounds host many historical markers, including a castle. Both venues provided grist for this historical novelist’s idea mill.I’m making a list for additional pieces I’d like Bob to find for my costume wardrobe and I’m always on the lookout for book signing locations that offer a twist. Might you have ideas for out-of-the-ordinary venues for my book signings?Side note: I purchased the calico set from www.recollections.com and the purple and black lace Victorian dress at the Wild West Mercantile in Mesa, Arizona (www.wwmerc.com).

Read Excerpt, The Bride Wore Blue.

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