Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Books and quilting

Anne Tyler is my favorite modern fiction writer, her books just speak to me!

I was invited to a book club where they are going to discuss her book, Back When we were Grownups.  No problem, I have read all her books I just need to show up.  Then I decided to skim it.  From the first page I fell into the book again but went to bed before I finished it.  At 4:00 am when I got up to go to the bathroom, I grabbed the book and at 5:30 I finished it and went back to bed!  Great read.

The book she wrote before my "Back when we were Grownups" was entitled "A Patchwork Planet" and I thought it would be my absolute favorite but it wasn't.

I am a solitary quilter and have very deep feelings about sewing.  It is hard for me to put into words the role of sewing and fabric in my life.  I think the book that came the closest to expressing it was "The Dive from Clausen's Pier"  by Ann Packer, which I lent to a friend and she gave it away.  The book isn't even about sewing per se but the protagonist sews. 

I really enjoy Elizabeth Berg's books as well.

When I saw the cover of this one I thought, bingo, finally the quilting book for me.

Nope, it wasn't.

It was a fine book but didn't resonate about sewing.

Maybe these are two pleasures - reading and quilting which can't be combined for me.  Maybe they are so inside of me in separate areas of love and like ketchup and chocolate they just can't be combined.

People have sure tried however!

 I have all these novels which are readily available in quilt stores.  They tell stories against a back drop of quilts. 

People give them to me for presents and I thank them and love that they know me so well that a book about quilting just seems perfect.

But the books are all boring!  I feel bad!  I want to love them. 

You are thinking, wow you are one hard to please reader!

Yes, but one book and the movie worked completely for me.

I loved the book "How to Make an American Quilt" as well as the movie.  It is a short book and I had never heard of it until my friend Laurie gave it to me years ago.  Loved it!  And the movie!

Now there's a thought, I should reread this book and rewatch this movie.

But not tonight!

I need my sleep tonight.

Sew happy. 


  1. I love your passion for reading, however I would rather you sleep rather than read during the middle of the night.


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