Aunt Jane of Kentucky: Episode 1

Hello and welcome to Season Two of the Quilt Fiction podcast. In this season, I’ll be reading Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. First published in 1907 and  set in rural western Kentucky in the late nineteenth century, the book recounts an elderly quilt-maker Aunt Jane’s memories of life in the rural south as told to an unnamed younger woman visitor. The book was hugely popular in its time, reaching over a million readers, and President Theodore Roosevelt was one of Aunt Jane’s biggest fans.

Because I wanted to get this season up and going, I recorded it under slightly more relaxed standards that Season One. If you hear anybody snoring during the recording, rest assured it’s my dog Travis, who is almost always at my side. Occasionally I stumble over a word, but I just kept going. I hope you don’t mind!

I hope you enjoy today’s episode, “Sally Ann’s Experience.” This is a story about the ladies of Goshen church, and in particular, it’s about Sally Ann, who decides it’s finally time to tell the men of the church a thing or two about their shortcomings. I hope you enjoy this funny story of one woman speaking her mind!


  1. This will be so much fun! I have a copy of Aunt Jane, but haven’t reread it in a while.

  2. Thanks for starting Season 2. This episode was fun to listen to & I enjoyed getting to actually “see” you reading this season. I can’t wait for Episode 2!

  3. Never heard of this but I’m looking forward to getting together with you 😉

  4. I THANK YOU for this delightful read! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thank you for taking the time to do this for us, I do sew enjoy you reading to me!

  5. My heart is broken!! I’ve just come on to ‘download’ the first two episodes and find that is not available like your last story.
    I live in a rural area with very expensive Internet and am unable to watch YouTube videos. Is there anywhere to download an MP3 of this story? Thank you.

  6. What a delightful “listen” 🥰. So much fun to be able to hear a story read so well while i sew. Thank you and I’m on to episode 2!!

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