My quilting group …

… came for lunch on Saturday.

We’ve been working on a round robin project. Every month, we each make two blocks for someone else, then pass them along to the next person who will make two more blocks. The blocks are inspired by two original blocks we designed for ourselves. It has become incredibly complicated to remember who hands off what to whom. Linda has a chart and directs us from that.


The blocks I made to start my quilt were of purple birds flying in a creamy sky.

We have gone through six exchanges and have four to go.

We lay everything out on the coffee table, Renee’s quilt, Maura’s quilt, Linda’s quilt—until we had viewed the progress on all ten.

After we looked at all the squares and all the other projects we’ve been working on, we had lunch on the deck in the garden.

In a perfect cool/warm breeze we told each other what we read this summer that we liked:

Cloud Atlas

Black Swan Green

Wild in the Plaza of Memory

The Bloody Jack series

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Astral

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

The Solitude of Prime Numbers

The Boy in the Suitcase

The Catcher in the Rye

The Sun Also Rises

American Gods


The Great Man

Some Hope

Crazy Love: New Poems

The Left Hand of Darkness

People Who Eat Darkness


I made potato soup with a black olive garnish, a spinach and tomato salad, and rosemary shortbread.

A cardinal came to the feeder.


About heidivanderbilt

Owner LuckyPup Ranch, Benson, AZ where I raise, board, rehabilitate and retire horses. Recipient of a special Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America. Married to artist Bernard Fierro.
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5 Responses to My quilting group …

  1. Barbara says:

    It was the best lunch and afternoon ever!

  2. Oh what a beautiful table, and amazing squares, and I couldn’t help notice that 2 of those books are… by me! Wish I could visit the quilting group and have a glass of wine with you all.

  3. Joyce Hostetter says:

    Felt like I was there looking off your back porch – the feeling was as it always is at your place – peaceful and sublime. The quilting blocks are wonderful. Some of the old traditional style that I remember when my grandmother quilted. And some of them your own designs which are wonderful too. My grandmother used to have all the women in the District 16 which was rural farm country outside of Ft. Collins, Colo. They had a name for their club of women who quilted, “Chatterbox Club”. The sight is still with me of this huge quilt on a frame in the middle of her living room (taking up almost the whole small room) with the women sitting with an edge of it on their lap. Each were working on their part of the quilt. I still have 2 of the quilts. All were old patterns. One year, Grandma made a quilt out of pieces she had collected from all of our worn out flannel pajamas – made a cozy quilt of flannel. Another year she made a quilt out of the cloth from the grain sacks – in those days they actually put flour and grain in sacks of printed cloth so the women on the farms could make aprons, tea towels, housedresses and in Grandma’s case, a quilt.

  4. Chris Docter says:

    I love that you have Hemingway and Salinger on your favorites list!

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