With one year coming to an end and another one starting, we tend to pause and take the opportunity to look back at the year that has been. Hence this may be a good time to do a recap of the books we have read so far in the UK Quilters United Book Club

With our love of quilting and patchwork, we may not always be able to actively create new quilts or thinking up new blocks. Luckily, instead we can escape into the world of fiction (and in some cases true stories) by turning to the many fiction books written featuring quilting or sewing related stories. There are quite a few prolific quilting novel writers whereby Jennifer Chiaverini is probably the most well known. We have only picked one of her books for the book club, as there are so many others who are less known. During the last two years we have read books by a wide variety of authors. 


The books we have read include the following;

  • The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (info)
  • Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey (announced on Facebook)
  • The forgotten seamstress by Liz Trenow (read Liz’ story)
  • The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini (announced in British Patchwork & Quilting only)
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (BP&Q only)
  • To Scotland with Love by Patience Griffin (BP&Q only)
  • Quilt as Desired by Arlene Sachitao (BP&Q only)
  • Happenstance by Carol Shields (BP&Q only)
  • The flower hunter’s cottage by Dee-ann Black (info)
  • The basement quilt by Ann Hazlewood (info)
  • The dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Lemmon (info)
  • Fool’s Puzzle (a Benni Harper Mystery) by Earlene Fowler (info)
  • How to make an American quilt by Whitney Otto (info)
  • A fall of marigolds by Susan Meissner (info)
  • Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty, a Slave, and Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley (info)
  • Twelve Golden Threads; Lessons for successful living from Grama’s quilt by Aliske Webb (info)
  • The Christmas Holiday by Sophie Claire  (info)

Your views and ideas

Of all the books we have read, have you had any favourites? What was it that made you enjoy that particular book? Did you go on and read any further books in the series or by the same author? 

Looking forward to 2020, I have books selected for quite a few months already, but I would love to hear about any recommendations you may have. To balance the many US based authors, and as we are a book club based in the United Kingdom, I would especially welcome tips for books by local authors (perhaps you’re an author yourself!). Please add a comment below or make contact with me via Instagram (www.instagram.com/bossyoz).

We have two books written by and about members of UK Quilters United for sale on Amazon globally;

  • UK Quilters United by a common thread (paperback, editor Julie Passey)
  • UK Quilters United by a second thread (paperback and Kindle, editor Nina Danielsson).