Millie Kehri
I recently became obsessed with Ann Patchett novels after reading The Dutch House—a book I picked up for $1 at a library sale because I loved the cover. Then, the week after the first Quiltfolk workshop, I read Commonwealth, the complicated story of two intertwined families spanning five decades. I am drawn to literary novels about family life, and the cover of Commonwealth begged me to interpret it as a quilt block. My Patchett obsession continues after finding several more of her novels at the HUGE Planned Parenthood Used Book Sale in Des Moines, Iowa. While I am limiting my book cover quilt blocks to fabric within my scrap stash and buttons from my vast collection (I want to include buttons somewhere on each block), I am not prohibiting myself from buying more books! I’ve also read two of Patchett’s nonfiction titles, These Precious Days and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, which are also outstanding and have cover art that will soon become quilt blocks. The time it takes to design and create the blocks gives me space to think about the books and my takeaways as I stitch; that’s why I love this BOM!

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