Many authors of fiction use quilts in their books. Quilts are an important part of the plot in some books, and in others are mentioned more randomly. Do you have a favorite book series that includes quilts? Or have you found random mentions of quilts in some of the fiction you've read? Quilters would love to hear about the books and the authors who talk about our craft. Share Your Favorite Books
Books include Mystery Quilt patterns
- I write a series of mysteries and each book has a different mystery quilt pattern in it. The most recent release is MURDER BY SUNLIGHT: The Charity Quilt. The sleuths are husband and wife--Tony and Theo Abernathy and are set in a fictional county in East Tennessee. Besides writing the books, I do design each mystery quilt pattern and love it when someone shows me what they've made.
- —Guest Barbara Graham
Quilt or Innocence
- by Elizabeth Craig - Southern Mystery series, book 1 - just got at library today.
- —Guest Jean
The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs
- Mother's story reminiscent of her daughter's life. My favs are the Elm Creek series.
The Quilt by T. Davis Bunn
- This is about an elderly grandmother who, like so many of us, feels the "seasons" are going fast. "Just one more quilt" inspires her and all who know her. This is one of my most "shared" books!
- —Guest Patsy Hebron
Elm Creek Quilts
- An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler
(The Quilter's Apprentice, Round Robin, and The Cross-Country Quilters)
by Jennifer Chiaver
The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
- Awesome story along with outstanding colors by Artist Gail de Marcken plus 250 quilt patterns hidden in one picture! The best children's book I ever purchased!!
- —Guest Shirley Powell
American Patchwork by Sonia Hakatia
- The Quilt by T. Davis Bunn
The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse - LeAnn Sweeney
The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs
Whole series by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
American Pie by Michael Lee West
- —Guest Marilyn Marks
- Excellent, interesting story of a girl who grows up in pioneer times and reaches all 3 of her childhood dreams - one of which was to be the best quilter in the world. No Time on My Hands by Nellie Snyder Yost about her mother, Grace Snyder.
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club
- This book by Wanda E. Brunstetter is about a class of beginning hand quilters made up of various characters. Lots of fun and surprises.
- —Guest Jan
Earlene Fowler - quilts in fiction
- Earlene Fowler has a whole series named after various quilt blocks. They are Benni Harper mysteries. http://www.earlenefowler.com/books.htm
- —Guest Roberta Chepeka
Elm Creek Quilts Novels
- by Jennifer Chiaverini. There are at least 20 novels that have stories about quilts and how they and people who make them are all part of history.
- —Guest Rosaline
Death by Chenille
- Shameless self-promotion alert -- this is my book, co-written with Ann Anastasio. In classic sci fi style, unsuspecting quilters find they must save the world from space aliens who have disguised themselves as bolts of beige fabric. There are quilts all over the place, especially a fragment of a crazy quilt that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This quilt will feature prominently in the sequel, When Chenille is not Enough, which is currently in production. Death by Chenille is available as an ebook from Smashwords.com (www.smashwords.com/books/view/55823).
- —Guest Lani Longshore
- This book is set in Hawai'i at a quilter's retreat. You learn about the Hawai'ian quilts also,
Emilie Richards' books
- Many of the Emilie Richards books revolve around quilts. Good, easy reads.
- —Guest Janet Robertson
Favorite Fictional Quilting Books
- I also love Emilie Richards Shenandoah Album series, which involves quilting. It's not the dominant theme throughout the story, but quilting brings people together in several different ways.
- —Guest Karen Pollard