If you're a quilter, chances are you've heard of author Marie Bostwick, as she has written ten books, five of which involve quilting: the Cobbled Court series. Though she lives in rural Connecticut, in a town very similar to the fictional village of New Bern, the setting of the popular Cobbled Court Quilt novels, she made the time to drop by our Denver office for a chat. Read on to discover Marie's inspirations, quilting history, and all about her new book. Then be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win signed copies of all 5 books in the Cobbled Court series.
We think we already know the answer to this, but are you a quilter?
Yep, I've been a quilter myself for twenty-five years. I enjoy dabbling in all quilting styles but work mostly in traditional and foundation piecing.
When did you decide to pick up quilting and why?
Well I was about 24 years old when I started. And to be completely honest it was to get away from my two small children! I needed something to occupy my mind and an outlet for my creativity.
What do you enjoy about quilting?
There's so much I enjoy about quilting. It lets me be creative and artistic, even though I don't really think of myself that way. I also really love the camaraderie. I love the instant connection I have with people that I meet, whom are also quilters; right off the bat we have something we can talk about.
Are you in any local quilting groups?
No unfortunately I travel too much for that, but I do have an online quilting circle. I started it about 3 years ago, and originally we just did swaps, but it grew to a place where we now do retreats. We have now had 3 retreats. I think our last retreat had 25 people with 8-10 different states represented!
You mentioned you're taking some classes on Craftsy, tell us more about that.
I am indeed. I'm currently watching Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine and Stupendous Stitching. I really love the concept of Craftsy, particularly that you can re-watch the class anytime, and even repeat the past 30 seconds so easily- because I don't always get it on the first go-round.
Tell us about your new book, Between Heaven and Texas. How is it different or similar to the others in the Cobbled Court series?
Where do your awesome ideas for your books come from?
This is hard to explain but generally a character just walks into my head. I usually just sit with the character for a while, learning more about her- sometimes for months before I even write anything.
What do quilters say about your books?
Quilters of tell me that the experiences of characters in my books, have really played out in their lives.
So what does the future hold? Tell us more about your plans for your next book.
I really wanted to take a year off and just quilt. So I took that idea and ran with it. I'm now writing about a character that has stepped back from her life and is finally doing the things she put off. In a way I am living vicariously through this character.
Be sure to check out Marie's events schedule to see if she'll be in your town as she tours the country and sign up as one of her reading friends to receive free quilting patterns! Then head here to enter the giveaway for a chance to win signed copies of all 5 books in the Cobbled Court series. One lucky winner will be selected by April 11, 2013. And stay tuned as we'll have another giveaway with advanced reader copies of her upcoming book, Between Heaven and Texas in April.
Update: We randomly selected a winner! Congrats Carol Martineau from New Hampshire.