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Ties That Bind – Blog Hop Tour

April 25, 2012

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 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2012 06:45

    I am excited to read Marie’s new book.

  2. April 25, 2012 07:07

    What a nice blog you have. I loved scrolling through looking at all of your pictures! I hope I win the book, can’t wait to read the next installment of the Cobbled Court Quilters.

  3. April 25, 2012 07:11

    I’m so soory, I have not read any of Marie’s books. But I hope to have one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Louise permalink
    April 25, 2012 07:28

    Yes, I’ve read all of Marie’s books, and I’m looking forward to this one.

  5. Jill Hicks permalink
    April 25, 2012 07:31

    I have read all of Marie’s books except TIes That Bind. I am hoping to win a copy.

  6. Sandra Timmons permalink
    April 25, 2012 07:35

    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.

  7. April 25, 2012 07:50

    I would love to read this book!! thanks for the chance!

  8. Joyce Carter permalink
    April 25, 2012 07:56

    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.

  9. Sandi permalink
    April 25, 2012 08:53

    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.


  10. April 25, 2012 09:10

    I’ve read the other books in the Cobbled Creek series. Thanks for the chance to win her latest!

  11. Midge permalink
    April 25, 2012 09:11

    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 :)

  12. Lori Morton permalink
    April 25, 2012 09:18

    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”! :)

  13. sallyqiad permalink
    April 25, 2012 09:20

    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!)

  14. April 25, 2012 09:23

    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!!

  15. April 25, 2012 09:25

    I have not read any of her books so would love to win! Thanks!

  16. billiemick permalink
    April 25, 2012 09:31

    Looks like a great book!

  17. Susan N permalink
    April 25, 2012 09:47

    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.

  18. Kate permalink
    April 25, 2012 10:05

    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.

  19. April 25, 2012 10:15

    I’ve read the first Cobbled Court book….need to get caught up with more…..thanks for the giveaway.

  20. ~ Julie ~ permalink
    April 25, 2012 10:30

    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!

  21. hankkie permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:00

    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.

  22. Judy permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:19

    I have not read any of Marie’s books but it sounds like the type of book I would enjoy reading.

  23. Mary permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:26

    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.

  24. April 25, 2012 11:33

    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!

  25. paulathequilter permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:48

    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.

  26. Robyn Brown permalink
    April 25, 2012 12:08

    I have read the first one only but am anxious to read the rest.

  27. kathy h permalink
    April 25, 2012 13:00

    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.

  28. Joyce Mitchell permalink
    April 25, 2012 13:01

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

  29. Diann Cornell permalink
    April 25, 2012 13:04

    So far I haven’t read any of Marie’s books, but I’m willing to change that.

  30. KarenW permalink
    April 25, 2012 13:21

    I haven’t read any of Marie’s books, but I’d love to! Thanks the the chance to win one!

  31. April 25, 2012 13:27

    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.

  32. April 25, 2012 13:44

    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

  33. April 25, 2012 14:08

    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!]

  34. Julie A permalink
    April 25, 2012 15:23

    I have read all of Marie’s book and loved them – can’t wait to read this one :)

  35. Lora permalink
    April 25, 2012 15:36

    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!

  36. patty permalink
    April 25, 2012 16:03

    It sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Lynda M permalink
    April 25, 2012 16:40

    I have read Marie before. This really looks good. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. April 25, 2012 17:43

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

  39. Nancy in IN permalink
    April 25, 2012 19:39

    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.

  40. Deborah permalink
    April 25, 2012 20:54

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

  41. April 25, 2012 21:56

    I have read all of Marie’s Cobble Court series and am looking forward to this one. Hope I win a copy,

  42. Rachel permalink
    April 25, 2012 22:19

    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.

  43. Nancy permalink
    April 25, 2012 22:26

    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!

  44. April 25, 2012 23:35

    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!

  45. Beth T. permalink
    April 26, 2012 02:26

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

  46. Peggy in KY permalink
    April 26, 2012 06:17

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

  47. April 26, 2012 06:42

    I have read the synopsis and it sounds like a great read. I’d love to win a copy.

  48. April 26, 2012 08:58

    It would be awesome to get a copy of thar book. <3

  49. Kathie L permalink
    April 26, 2012 09:47

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

  50. April 26, 2012 09:58

    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.

  51. April 26, 2012 12:30

    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.

  52. April 26, 2012 13:31

    I have,´t read any and love the sypnosis.Thanks for the girveaway!!

  53. April 26, 2012 16:40

    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.

  54. April 26, 2012 17:30

    I have read Marie’s books and have loved them all. I have not read this one but would be pleased to read and add to my Library. Thanks

  55. April 26, 2012 23:11

    What a great blog! Thanks for the chance to win Maries book

  56. April 26, 2012 23:29

    I have not read any of Marie’s books but they look very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice book. Regards, Anna

  57. Sonja permalink
    April 27, 2012 03:29

    I haven´t read any of her books yet but I´d love to!

  58. April 27, 2012 04:06

    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!!

  59. April 27, 2012 06:10

    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!

  60. jmniffer permalink
    April 27, 2012 08:53

    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!

  61. April 27, 2012 09:15

    I’ve read all of the books in this series and loved them. The characters are fascinating and easy to relate to

  62. April 27, 2012 09:17

    I’ve read all the books in this series and can’t wait to read the new one!

  63. April 27, 2012 09:20

    I’ve read Marie’s other books and enjoyed them, so I know I’ll enjoy reading this one too.

  64. Dee permalink
    April 27, 2012 09:31

    love your blog, and the change to read Marie’s new book

  65. Cecilia permalink
    April 27, 2012 09:33

    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.

  66. April 27, 2012 09:54

    Yes I have read them all!!! loved them.

  67. April 27, 2012 11:01

    Can’t wait to read one of Marie’s books! thanks for hosting the giveaway ;-)

  68. April 27, 2012 11:52

    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!!

  69. Darlene B permalink
    April 27, 2012 11:55

    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!

  70. April 27, 2012 13:47

    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

  71. April 27, 2012 19:29

    I have read three of Marie’s books and would love to win this one!

  72. stichnnurse permalink
    April 27, 2012 19:32

    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.

  73. April 28, 2012 05:50

    Ive read a single thread and would love to win this..Im a follower of your blog too, love it :)

  74. Carmen permalink
    April 28, 2012 09:04

    I love this book series.

  75. April 28, 2012 10:38

    I am such a fan of Marie’s. Her books are fabulous. Sghe is super sweet too. I met her in Knoxville about a year ago.

  76. April 28, 2012 14:01

    I haven’t read any of them, but I did just purchase the 1st in the series for my Kindle. Would to have this one.

  77. vmama permalink
    April 28, 2012 21:32

    I own and have read all the others in the series, and I look forward to reading this one, too!

  78. vmama permalink
    April 28, 2012 21:33

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

  79. April 29, 2012 07:45

    I have read all of Marie’s stories in this series and I’m excited to read this one too! Thanks!

  80. usairdoll permalink
    April 29, 2012 12:42

    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.


  81. April 30, 2012 09:45

    Oh, yeah, I’ve read all of Marie’s books so far and can’t wait for this one! Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

  82. Carol permalink
    April 30, 2012 15:37

    I’ve read the previous books in the series and I’m looking forward to this one.

  83. gardensandy permalink
    May 1, 2012 09:55

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

  84. karriesmith permalink
    May 1, 2012 11:17

    Thanks for the chance to win the new book! I am now following your blog.

  85. May 2, 2012 12:06

    I have not yet read any of Marie’s books, but I would like to.

  86. Carol Moler permalink
    May 2, 2012 12:10

    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!

  87. October 17, 2013 20:03

    This is without a doubt all very a newcomer to me of which this article certainly opened a eyes. Thanks designed for sharing around your intelligence.

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