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A number of my quilting friends love to read the plethora of quilting novels and novella’s available on the market. I must admit, it’s not a genre of reading I aspire to experience. I really prefer technique quilting books, or if I’m going to read a non quilting book, I prefer biographies.
I have been doing some research on the Quilting Novel and have discovered that there is a number of Quilt book Series being written and they’re very popular too. I’ve endeavoured to record as many as possible here – it’s my no means a complete account of quilting novels available, but it’s a start if you’d like to peruse some and give them a go yourself.
The most obvious one is the Elm Creek Quilt Series by Jennifer Chiaverini. These books have been available for some years now and are very popular. Jennifer has recently taken to writing stand alone novels, particularly focussing on the Civil War era.
The Amish are the focus of many quilting novels by Barbara Cameron. Her series of “The Quilts of Lancaster County” are extremely popular. Barbara also has a “Stitches in Time” series.
Another popular author of quilt novellas and novels is Cindy Woodsmall. Her Sisters of the Quilt series is evergreen and Cindy has also written a number of other quilt book series including Amish Vines and Orchard Series, Ada’s House Series, Apple Ridge Novellas (which are stand alone books) and Cindy has also written a number of Christmas stories and a Spring Novella.
Barbara Workinger is also keen on writing novels with an Amish slant, and has successfully plied her trade with books such as the Hannah Miller series.
Arlene Sachitano is more focussed on writing stories that are mysteries but also set in the Pacific Northwest, which of course are of great interest to Oregon Readers. Still with a quilt slant, Arlene’s series “Harriet Truman” are great reads and recommended by quilt lovers.
Benni Harper who is a folk museum curator has written a fantastic series of quilt mysteries with the of quilt blocks. There are 15 in the series titled Benne Harper Mysteries.
There is a great deal of choice out there for quilters who wish to read some quilt novels. Hope along to your local library and find one for yourself to enjoy.
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