Spring Promo and Chapters from a New Novel


Spring has arrived and to celebrate all things new, we’re sharing the first three chapters of my new quilting novel Diary of a Mad Quilter on today’s episode. Normally, only paid members of the Quilt Fiction Story Guild have access to this story (they are already on Chapter Six), but we’re excited about the new story and thought you might be too.

Set in contemporary Milton Falls, Ohio, Diary of Mad Quilter is the story of avid quilter and retired third grade teacher, Marnie Fetzer. Marnie lives with her husband, Darrell, who just retired from his engineering job, and she’s still best friends with her high school BFF, Shiela. Son Sam lives on the other side of town with his wife and toddler twins, while daughter Katie makes her home in Atlanta. These days, Marnie’s life revolves around quilts, quilts and – well, quilts.

We hope you enjoy the first few chapters enough to consider an annual subscription to the Story Guild. As a subscriber, you’ll get weekly chapters of Friendship Album: Forget-Me-Not, bi-weekly updates to Diary of a Mad Quilter, along with access to the complete audio versions of Friendship Album, 1933 and Aunt Jane of Kentucky, plus other Milton Falls stories and big discounts on everything in the Quilt Fiction Shop.

To celebrate having you on board we’ll mail a packet of Friendship Album-themed vintage postcards right to your door. We’ll also send you a coupon for 50 percent off the downloadable audiobook version of Friendship Album, 1933 — a $15 value.

Not ready for an annual subscription just yet, please consider a month-to-month subscription for $10 and convert to an annual membership at any time.

See you next time!


In the post-story section, I mentioned several books and articles. Here are the links for more information:

Remembering Adelia: Quilts Inspired by Her Diary by Kathleen Tracy

The Civil War Diary Quilt: 121 Stories and the Quilt Blocks They Inspired by Rosemary Youngs

Quilts from the Civil War by Barbara Brackman

Cloth and Comfort: Pieces of Women’s Lives from their Quilts and Diaries by Roderick Kirocofe

The Quilt Alliance

Mountain Mist Patterns

Women’s Quilts and Diaries: Creative Expression and Personal Resource by Gail R. Davis