I was hesitating before announcing our next quilting related novel as it has a reoccurring element of faith which may not be to everyone’s liking. However, it is a lovely, feel-good story, which many may find have similarities to parts of their own lives.  The book for August is called The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club and was written by Wanda E Brunstetter.

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club is the first book in a series of three and all of them are available as eBooks on Amazon (either individually or as a boxset). If you prefer, it’s also available on Audible and on CD. I bought a second-hand paperback on Amazon Marketplace, but you can find the books on other sites too, (Google will help you find them!). 

To earn some money (and not be a burden to her children), Emma, an Amish widow places an ad in local newspapers and on notice boards in some shops. The ads are seen by an unlikely mixture of people. Joining the weekly quilting classes are Pam and Stuart, a couple who has started to grow apart, Star who is feeling let down by her mother and trying to cope with her beloved grandma’s recent passing, Ruby Lee a troubled and stressed preacher’s wife, Jan the tattooed biker who’s been suggested to find something creative to do by his parole officer and Paul, with baby Sofia, who’s mourning the loss of his wife.

This is not your typical quilting club!

PS. My version of the paperback had some lovely patterns included.

Quotes from the book

This was one of the books, where I found I regularly went looking for a pen to mark sentences which caught my eye. Below are some of them;

  • A day without smiling is a wasted day.
  • Isn’t it nice to know that love looks beyond what people are to what they can become?
  • .. a day of worry is more exhausting than a week’s worth of work.
  • The thought of sharing her love for quilting gave her a sense of excitement and purpose.
  • Giving a person what you think they need is not the same as making them feel loved and good about themselves.
  • Things go smoother if we’re kind to everyone we meet.
  • .. life’s too short to hold grudges or play the blame game.
  • Marriage is about loving the other person enough to do some things just for them – even things you don’t want to do.
  • Tolerance is what we need for each other.

and finally one for those with children;

  • I’ve always figured that God gives us children to make us humble.

Discuss the book

Looking at the quotes I have noted above, which other sentences or passages caught your eyes when reading the book? Please add your thoughts about the book in the comments below or join us in UKQU SOCIAL on Facebook (please don’t use the main group!). To make it easier for everyone to join in, please use the hashtag #ukqubookclub.