Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Quilting Circle Wisdom

Put yourself in the 1800's. Let's get more specific--let's say you're a woman living in the 1860s. Why might you join a quilting circle?

1. To support the war effort, making quilts for the soldiers. During the Civil War in 1861-1865, women in quilting and sewing circles where among the many who joined forces with various aid societies to help provide for the needs of soldiers on the battlefields and in hospitals, many of them converted homes and schools.
2. To keep your hands and mind busy. My Sis Linda calls quilting her therapy. Quilting is comfort food for her spirit. Quilting was an opportunity to make some beautiful in turbulent times.  
3. To hear and share news. No telephones, Facebook, or Twitter--word of mouth was the most consistent source of news for most women left behind in the war.
4. To learn the craft of quilting and to share your own skill with others. 
5. To participate in a sisterhood that shares joys and sorrows, doubts and faith...with one another.

Did you come up with other reasons to partake in a sewing or quilting circle?

Meet the Saint Charles Quilting Circle in my new book, The Quilted Heart omnibus--3 Novellas in 1.

Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all experienced heartache related to the intense hardships of the Civil War, and together, they are facing their painful circumstances with friendship and prayer. Can the tattered pieces of their hearts be stitched together by God’s grace? 

Click here to order your copy of The Quilted Heart omnibus, the prequel to Prairie Song, Book 1 in the Hearts Seeking Home Series.

What would be your reason for joining a quilting guild, sewing circle, or knitting klatch? Are you part of a group of women who lend each other spiritual and emotional support?    

Please save the date for THE QUILTED HEART release party!

When: Friday, January 24th from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Where: My Facebook Mona Hodgson Author Page / Notes Section

As we mingle to celebrate this new release, I will answer questions, give away prizes, share behind-the-scenes stories, and more! Please plan now to join me for this great time of fun and fellowship!

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  1. I would like to join a quilting circle to interact with other ladies. And to possibly learn more to better myself as a quilter. Of course, it would be nice to get a quilt done faster and be able to use it.

    1. Hi Amy! Thanks so much for following my blog tour for The Quilted Heart. Blessings and Happy Reading!

  2. I would love to join a quilters circle because I would love to learn to quilt but more importantly I would have the chance to form closer friendships something that is hard to do in todays world. No I am not part of any group right now . I think that is why this book
    will be among my favorites . Loved Prairie Song and looking forward to the next one .Congratulations. The Quilted Heart is at the top of my want to read list
    Thank you

    1. Jackie, thanks for joining me here. So glad you enjoyed Prairie Song. Now, I'm anxious for you to read The Quilted Heart. Happy Reading! Mona

  3. Mona, I am enjoying the blog tour and all of the interesting posts and interviews. I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful journey and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful book!

  4. Hi, Britney! What a sweet reader-friend you are. Thanks for coming along on this journey. You are a blessing!

  5. I am a part of a quilting group, called JOY Quilters. It's fun to get together and see what everyone is making. My favorite activity with this group is Mystery Quilt Night. We quilt instruction by instruction with no idea of what the finished quilt will look like. I bit like writing a book, if you are a panster. Good luck with the book.

  6. Hi, Catherine. Great to see you here. Sounds like a fun group. Blessings!

  7. Mona, I am afraid I would be in a quilting or sewing group to observe only. I just can't get my mind and my hands to work together at the same time. I am in awe of sewers and quilters as I am of authors. Thank you for what you do.

  8. If I had the time, I would love to be in a quilting group, but for now will have to just enjoy my knitting group.