Welcome to everyone new and old! I’m so happy to have you at my blog for this stop of the Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop. This blog hop is to celebrate the release of Marie Bostwick’s new book – Between Heaven and Texas.
You’ll be hearing from twelve different people about their take on the book, an opportunity to win your very own copy of the book AND get a new star block tutorial each day! Perfect for making a fun sampler quilt!
Here’s the line-up for the hop:
Tuesday, April 30 – Michele – Quilting Gallery
Wednesday, May 1 – Bonnie – Quiltville
Thursday, May 2 – Pat – Pat Sloan – Click HERE to listen to Pat interviewing Marie!
Thursday, May 2 – Kim – Persimon Dreams
Friday, May 3 – Melissa – Happy Quilting
Saturday, May 4 – Jo – Jo’s Country Junction
Sunday, May 5 – Wendy – Ivory Spring
Monday, May 6 – Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc.
Tuesday, May 7 – Vicki – Quilting Lodge Blog
Wednesday, May 8 – Melissa/Jake – Generation Q Magazine
Thursday, May 9 – Jennifer – Sew Hooked
Friday, May 10 – Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works
The Linus Connection
Want to help out a great cause while enjoying the great free patterns from Marie’s Blog Tour? Make an extra star block and donate it the The Linus Connection. Jennifer from Sewhookedhas been an active volunteer for The Linus Connection for over 10 years. She’s made and donated approximately 300 quilts to The Linus Connection since 2002, many of them made from orphan blocks donated by quilters from around the world.
The Linus Connection is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Austin, Texas whose mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in the Central Texas area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.
Just over a week ago I was contacted by Michele of the Quilting Gallery to see if I could help Pat Sloan – the Voice of Quilting out and design a star block for the hop. I was more than happy to help out. Since I am ‘apprenticing’ for Pat Sloan I figured I should probably do an applique block since Pat is so famous for her incredible applique block designs. Because of my lateness into the game I just received my copy of the book and have not had a chance to read it. It’s the next book in my stack though so I’ll keep you posted on what I think.
Starry Night – Free Block Tutorial
I’m sharing with you today the ‘Starry Night’ block that I designed.
PDF Instruction Downloads: (save and print both)
About Between Heaven and Texas
In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there…
Welcome to Too Much–where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common–superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.
While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted–a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable. . .
“This book is wrapped around my heart with all the love, warmth, and beauty of a favorite family quilt. I can’t stop thinking about it! I’m in love with Mary Dell Templeton, and I’m in love with Too Much, Texas.” – Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
“Brilliant . . . the characters thunder with life right off the page and into your heart in this quintessential story of family, forgiveness, and nobility. I just adored every single page!” — Dorthea Benton Frank, New York Times Bestselling author of “Porch Lights”
“A book that brims with laughter and laser-sharp insight.” — Kristan Higgins, New York Times Bestselling author
About the Author – Marie Bostwick
Marie Bostwick is the New York Times Bestselling author of eleven books, including the popular Cobbled Court Quilt series of novel. She lives in Connecticut with Brad, her husband of thirty-one years. When not writing or volunteering for her church, she enjoys quilting, gardening, reading, watching movies, spending time with her friends and family, and especially playing with her grandsons. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds, and at quilt shows. She has been a featured speaker at the Paducah Quilt Festival and the Houston International Quilt Festival. In 2013, she will be the keynote speaker at Quilt Nebraska.
Let’s not forget about the Giveaway! I have a copy of Marie’s book to give away to one of my lucky blog visitors in North America. If you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment below answering the question:
How/When do you fit in quilting when the weather gets nice?
I’ll randomly pick a winner on Wednesday, May 8th. Make sure you leave your email address so I contact you to claim your prize.
Good luck everyone!
Giveaway now CLOSED.