Today, I’m welcoming Catherine Castle who is going to showcase some of her quilts. I used to love quilting, but that was before kids. Some day I’ll use up all those fat quarters stashed in the closet.
Thanks, Joselyn, for having me today. It’s nice to share a passion, besides writing, with readers.
I haven’t done much crafting since my book came out this spring, but my favorite craft is quilting. Quilts have been a part of my life since childhood. I slept under handmade quilts I watched my mother make. I still have some of her quilt tops. Mom always incorporated old clothing or leftover fabric in her quilts. She hand pieced her blocks and then machine quilted them. I tend to use new fabric, machine piece, and then hand quilt, because I can’t get all the material to stay rolled up under the machine arm and keep the fabric straight at the same time.
I’m a semi-serious quilter. I say semi-serious because I have more UFOs (unfinished objects) than completed quilts, partly because hand quilting is tedious. I love making the tops and watching the patterns form under my fingertips. I don’t love ripping out mistakes.
Every year my church quilting group, JOY Quilters, sponsors a Mystery Quilt. I rarely miss this fun and frustrating event. Participants have no idea what kind of quilt they are going to make. We’re given a list of materials (solids or prints with light, medium, or dark color values) and instructions on how to cut the material. Then we spend a day putting the pieces together.
Sometimes my mystery quilts turn out nice, like the ones below.
Other times not so nice, like this block. (I’m not sure if I’ll ever like this one.)
Regardless of looks, I know whenever they are finished they will all be cherished by my family because Mom made them—just like I cherish the ones my mother made.
Check out Catherine’s book, The Nun and the Narc:
Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.
Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.
Buy links: Amazon