Ties That Bind – Blog Hop Tour

Marie Bostwick Blog Hop Tour

Welcome to my post for Ties That Bind Blog Hop Tour hosted by Michele Foster and Quilting Gallery to celebrate the release of  Marie Bostwick‘s new book, Ties That Bind!

Visit Marie Bostwick’s website!

Michele invited 10 bloggers to participate, each of which received an advanced copy of Marie’s book and was then asked to answer a few fun questions on their own blogs. Each blogger also shared photos and the story of a baby quilt each one has made, to be posted on Michele’s site, Quilting Gallery.

Each blogger is giving away a copy of Ties That Bind, so make sure you visit all the blogs on the list below for more chances to win!

If you enter to win here on Sewhooked, you’ll have TWO chances to win because I’m also giving away my copy that I received as part of this event! My winners will also receive a FREE Sewhooked pattern of the winner’s choice. It’s super easy to win, just leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve read any of Marie’s books. Winners will be chosen on May 2!

As part of the celebration, you can get 15% off your total purchase from the Sewhooked Shop with coupon code TIESTHATBIND through May 2! Offer not valid on Craftsy or Etsy.

Ties That Bind, Marie Bostwick

Book Synopsis: 

Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she’s made in New Bern; she just never thought she’d still be single on her fortieth birthday.

It’s a shock to the entire town when Phillip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in—finding ways to ease the townspeople’s burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot’s family apart, that bond—and the help of her quilting sisterhood—will prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life’s fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning…

Michele asked each blogger to answer some fun questions…here are my answers!

1. What drew you into the book? 

I’ve always been interested in psychology and picking apart the reasons people do the things they do, the same is true with any character-driven novel.

2. Which character did you identify with? Give one reason as to why.  

I can’t say I really identified with a single character, but I certainly can relate to working in a quilt store (which I have done) and having one’s sewing friends be such an important part of everyday life.

3. If this is the first book of the series that you have read – will you be reading the rest now?      

This is the first book in this series I’ve read. It’s way outside of my usual genre choices (I’m a historical mystery and fantasy/sci-fi girl!), so I can’t say for sure if I’ll read more, but anything is possible!

4. In 5 words or less state why someone NEEDS to read this novel. 

Easy read about quilters.

5. Did you take a beginner quilting class when you first started out? What was it like and did it inspire you to continue quilting?

I did not take a beginning class. I learned to quilt as part of The Linus Connection, the blanket making charity I volunteer for. When I first started volunteering for Linus, my blankets were exclusively crocheted. I already sewed, but had never quilted. A quilting friend encouraged me to join in at a sewing day for our charity and the rest is indeed history!

6. Have you made a baby or toddler quilt? Share the photo and story if you like. 

This story also appears on Quilting Gallery as part of the Blog Tour, but I just can’t resist sharing it here, too!

Cat's Quilt for Eoin, 2012

Because I learned to quilt by volunteering for a blanket making-charity, The Linus Connection, I started with baby quilts and have made many over the years, so coming up with an extra-special baby quilt took an extra bit of thinking! When I think back to the baby quilt that stands out in my memory the most, it is the quilt that my group of sewing friends made for our friend Catherine.
My friends and I live in the Austin, Texas area. Catherine is from Australia. I met her online many years ago through a Harry Potter craft group. She and I became fast friends and online quilting buddies, and eventually, she flew to Austin to visit. My sewing circle adopted her immediately and now she’s a friend to us all. When her first child was born, we all worked together to make a quilt for her.
Catherine is an Engineer and used to work on construction sites. With that in mind, we created a construction-themed quilt using a pattern from a book one of our sewing circle has. Each of us made blocks, and we finished the quilt top at our group’s annual quilt retreat. We each took on jobs of quilting, stitching the binding and making the label. It was a real group effort and meant a lot to us to be able to do this special thing for our friend on the other side of the world!
Ties That Bind Blog Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, April 24
Michele – Quilting Gallery
*Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works
*Wendy – Ivory Spring

Wednesday, April 25
*Jennifer – Sewhooked (You’re here!)
*Erin – One Piece at a Time

Thursday, April 26
*Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc.
*Sandi – A Legacy of Stitches

Friday, April 27
*Michele – With Heart and Hands
*Melissa – Lilac Lane

Saturday, April 28
*Melissa – Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
*Kim – Crafty Apple

Deb Tucker from Studio 180 Designs created this adorable Hide and Seek Baby Quilt to go with the book. The pattern will be available as a free download to those who are registered reading friends at Marie’s website.

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

If it’s your first time to visit Sewhooked, I do hope you’ll stop by again! I’m currently hosting a Blog Hop with a free paper pieced pattern every day for the month of April, each one designed by a different awesome designer!

Next week, I’ll be part of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 5 Blog Tour! Stop by again to see my block and enter a giveaway for a free copy of  the newest edition of 100 Blocks on May 3!



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88 thoughts on “Ties That Bind – Blog Hop Tour

  1. Sandra Timmons

    You really are a busy lady. There is so much going on and now you are giving us a chance to win a copy of Ties that Bind. I love to read so I would definitely be honored to win such a great book. Thank you for participating in this book blog hop tour.

    Sandi T.

  2. Joyce Carter

    I love to read, but I have not read any of her books. This book sounds so fasinating. I think it would be a great read! Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Sandi

    I love to read fiction with a crafty tie in and have read all of Marie’s Cobbled Creek series. It’s a lot of fun.


  4. Midge

    I have read all of her books and have passed them on for my sisters to read. Love the Characters, can’t wait to read this one :)

  5. Lori Morton

    No, I’m sorry, have never read her books……..but would love too! Sound wonderful!

    Thanks so much for chance to win “Ties That Bind”! :)

  6. sallyqiad

    I’ve never read one of the Cobbled Creek series, but sure would like to. (And even more importantly, a chance to win one of your patterns is wonderful!)

  7. Alycia

    I liked reading your answers. I kind of get stuck on a genre of books too, and when I step out of it and surprised at what I find!!

  8. Susan N

    I have heard of Marie Bostwick, but I don’t believe I have read any of her books. Would like to win one so I can say I have.

  9. Kate

    I have not read any of her books but I was looking at them the other day. Thanks for giving me a chance to win one.

  10. ~ Julie ~

    I haven’t read any of Marie’s books, but it sounds interesting since quilting is part of the story! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  11. hankkie

    I believe I have read some of Marie’s books. However, I have read so many that I can’t remember all that I have read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Mary

    I read the book that came out before this one. I can’t remember the name of it, and I have lent it to someone in my guild. I loved the book and look forward to reading the whole series. Thanks for a chance to win.

  13. Celine

    I haven’t read any of Marie’s book but I’d love to discover her. I love quilting related fiction. Thanks for the chance to win the book. And in case I don’t win the book, I will go and add it to my wishlist on Amazon, but a signed copy would be so much nicer!

  14. paulathequilter

    I have enjoyed Marie’s previous books; plus other craft-related fiction. I haven’t visited your blog before, so it’s nice to ‘meet’ you.

  15. kathy h

    I have not read any of Marie’s books yet but a friend just told me about her books so I want to read the first one. WOuld love to win her newest. Thanks for the chance. ALso love the paper pieced block I just saw. I will be following to see what else you come up with. Thanks.

  16. Joyce Mitchell

    I’ve read & loved Marie’s previous titles in the series. Thanks for the chance to win her newest book.

  17. Diane

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Marie’s book. I’ve read her other books and enjoyed them immensly. You have a beautiful blog. I’ll add you to my follow list.

  18. Kate

    Nice site, Ill be back. I picked up her previous book at our last quilt guild meeting from our library. Then got a few more from the city library and now its all over blog land. Serindipity? Anyway good stories. Thanks for the chance, Kate

  19. faith hope & cherrytea

    i have not yet read one of Marie’s books but am sooo looking fwd to now that i have discovered them! this offer would be a wonderful intro ~ TY much for your generosity ~
    [for your free pattern dnlds too!]

  20. Lora

    I’ve had Marie’s books on my reading list for a long time, but our library doesn’t carry her. I would so love a chance to win a copy!

  21. Bev C

    No, I haven’t yet read any of Marie’s books, They do sound great. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.
    happy days.

  22. Nancy in IN

    I have read all that I can find. I am waiting for the library copy now. Excited to meet Marie on May 5 in Shelbyville, IN.

  23. Deborah

    I have read the first book and I am hooked! I look forward to reading all the other books in the series.

  24. Rachel

    I have never read any of Marie’s books, but I love a series of books cuz you get to know and love the characters.

  25. Nancy

    I have read the first 2 of Marie’s books, as i was able to find them at the library. For some reason they did not purchase any of the other books, so I have not been able to follow the folks at the cobbled court! I would most likely pass on my copy to our local library if they were interested in having it, once I was done! Thanks for the opportunity! I have been enjoying your Garden Party blog hop…you have had some terrific designers make darling blocks. Thanks to all of them for sharing so generously too!

  26. Debbie

    I own one of Marie’s books and it’s on my To Read pile. Wouldn’t mind adding this new one to the pile! I will get to it soon. Thanks, Jennifer!

  27. Beth T.

    I have read all of the books that precede Ties That Bind, and I am really looking forward to the latest installment.

  28. Peggy in KY

    I would really love to read this book. I love your block for the other blog hop. I will be visiting your bloog again.

  29. Kathie L

    I’ve read A Single Thread. This one looks good also., Thanks for the giveaway. Kathie L in Allentown

  30. Gene Black

    I have not read any of Marie’s books yet, but judging by the buzz from this hop, I would love it. I don’t mind getting the “gently read” copy that you received to preview either. Thanks for your q & a answers. They were fun to read.

  31. Mary C in WA

    I’ve read all of Marie’s Cobbled Court Books. When I’m not Quilting, I’m reading about quilting… See you next week on the Blog Tour for 100 Blocks. I was a TESTER for 12 of the 100.

  32. Sherri D

    Thank you for being a part of this fabulous give-a-way! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Marie’s series of books and can’t wait till I get this newest one!
    I have read all of her books in this series too.

  33. Raewyn

    I Love Marie’s books and really look forward to reading this one too. You are a busy lady – your blog hops are so much fun – thank you!!

  34. beckyrab

    I have read all the books in the Cobblestone Quilt series and several others by Marie. I’ve been waiting for this one. Would love to win a copy!

  35. jmniffer

    I found out about Marie’s books through the blog hop and am currently reading the first one. I can’t wait to read them all!

  36. Cecilia

    I’m reading the second book of the series now. I really enjoyed the first book as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

  37. Ariane

    I have never read any of her books. But I would love the chance to read one. I love these kinds of novels. Love your blog. I visit often. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  38. Darlene B

    I have read Marie’s previous book and am looking forward to reading this last one. Hopefully I’ll win a copy in this blog hop!

  39. Gmama Jane

    I’ve not read or even heard of her books but will definitely get one asap. Hopefully I may win one!! Thanks for the give-away
    Gmama Jane

  40. stichnnurse

    i read A Thread of Truth and A Single Thread. i am sorry to say i haven’t had much time to read the last couple years and haven’t read any of the cobbled court books, but they sound really good.
    joan stichnRN@aol.com

  41. vmama

    I own and have read all the others in the series, and I look forwarding to reading this one as well.

  42. usairdoll

    I have not read any of Marie’s books yet. I’m excited to have another author to read though. I love reading quilting stories/mysteries and the series books as well.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  43. gardensandy

    I haven’t read Marie’s books, but plan to now for sure. I also plan to introduce them to my quilting/sewing groups!

  44. Carol Moler

    Hi Jennifer, I may be responding too late, but wanted to share that I was looking at a journal I kept the first year after my accident. On 9/10/10 I wrote – from the book, A Single Thread, by Marie Bostwick: “When your dreams turn to dust, maybe it’s time to vacuum.” That was/is a meaningful quote for me. She is an amazing storyteller and I have eagerly awaited her newest book! Glad you are sharing her fabulousness!


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