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One Hobby leads to Another

My two main hobbies are reading and quilting. Of course reading came long before quilting. It was actually because of my reading that quilting became a hobby. The two have similarities! My eyes are always on “more”. More books, more fabric! More patterns and more quilts I might make. Like books I have a TBQ shelf  shelves of fabrics and pattens!

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book coverThe book that started it all for me. There are five books in the Shenandoah Album by Emilie Richards and I loved them all. They are all about women and threaded in are some quilting. As I read I became enamoured by quilts.

It wasn’t until many years later as I neared retirement the I was sucked into quilting. I am not a sewer, but thank you to You Tube, Craftsy, Missouri Star Quilt Company and later Fat Quarter shop I’ve been developing some skills.

Quilting is addictive as reading!

I have read this first book in J Chiaverini’s series. The characters were endearing and there was definitely quilt talk. I haven’t read much else in the series, it didn’t wow me that much, but I might pick up a few more to see what I think.  There are quite a few in the series so it would give me some reading!

book coverMary Marks has written a cosy mystery series that held me all the way through to #9. And I await another hopefully in 2022.

Fun characters and lovely but not too intrusive to the story – quilting. Plus Mary Marks really knows her quilting.

book coverThis one is on my actual print TBR shelf. And the second one as well. A cozy mystery series and I think it has a good enough rep to say I will probably read through the series for a bit of quilting buzz.

book coverAnd finally another on my actual print TBR. It’s the first in a kilts and quilts series and has about 8 books in it. So if I like the one I’ll keep going.

I have also added other possibilities to my GR shelf that I might chase down.  While I love quilts I also want strong story lines and characters as well and not all quilt fiction is equal!

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12 thoughts on “One Hobby leads to Another”

  1. I think it was a combination of that specific Emilie Richards book and my Grandmother that really has made me want to learn how to quilt! I loved that book. All of these look wonderful and I’m glad to know that you waited till near retirement to really learn.

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  2. I knit and read so I completely understand the I Need More issue, ha. Sadly the yarn supply chain has been significantly hampered by the pandemic. The up side is I’m using my stash!

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  3. I LOVE quilts! I’ve never learned the art, but I have collected a few over the years made by others. Sadly, I no longer have them, thanks to those who moved me from my condo three years ago! Will I ever get over that? I used to have a townhouse with a loft, and I hung them over the rail.

    I also have fond memories of the Quilting Bees my mother went to when I was a child. My favorite part was listening to their stories. I noticed how adult women don’t often pay attention to the “big ears” nearby. LOL


  4. I’m enamoured of quilting and reading about quilting as well, although I haven’t done any quilting yet. I am now reading Richards’ series and so enjoying it. I have read a few of Chiaverini’s books and enjoyed those. Enjoy your reading!


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