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Story Inspiration for The Quilted Heart Novellas

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Happy Book Birthday to The Quilted Heart omnibus! I’m celebrating the release of Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples along the Shore–3 novellas in 1 book. Here’s a peek at the inspiration behind the stories.

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 The American Civil War

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Quilters and Quilts, Week 8 ~ Karen Powell

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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.

Miss Hattie Reminisces About Saint Charles

I suppose some folks might assume I’ve always lived in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Why, they might even figure I haven’t done anything but run Miss Hattie’s Boardinghouse on Golden Avenue. Truth is, I was once the age of our dear Sinclair Sisters. And younger.

Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride

Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride

My hair might have grayed on me, but you can be certain my Cripple Creek adventures won’t be my last. Nor were they my first.

The days of my childhood dawned not in a mining camp or anywhere in the mountains of Colorado, but in Saint Charles on the banks of the Missouri River. Oh, you might also like to know that’s where I first met Boney Hughes. Or as the Sinclair Sisters like to call him, Mr. Boney.

Remembering those bittersweet days, I can’t help but breathe a wistful sigh.

I was but fifteen years of age, quilting with Mother and my dear friends in Mrs. Brantenberg’s circle, when talk of the caravan going west first buzzed through Saint Charles like a restless bumblebee.

The Quilted Heart and Prairie Song 2

Maren, Emilie, and Caroline may not want to hear this, but I like to think of The Quilted Heart novellas as my stories too. After all, I was there with them.

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