By now you probably already know that I love quilts. I have been quilting for more than half my life and enjoy every tiny stitch. You can imagine my happiness to find the Cobble Court Quilt book series by Marie Bostwick. She is a gifted author who brings her colorful characters to life. Marie successfully captures the true beauty of unlikely friendships old and new and weaves them together with an improbable quilting thread. You will cheer for the characters as they relive old memories, make new ones, and realize it is sometimes necessary to start over—one stitch at a time.
Throughout the book series, the experienced quilters teach newcomers to the craft, and everyone learns and laughs together. Young, old, and all ages in between, the quilting community is strong, and the relationships that are formed live long after the quilt is finished.
It was a conversation with a stranger back in 1994 that pointed Marie toward her true calling. Then the mother of three active young sons, Marie went on a much-needed vacation to a resort with some girlfriends. While there, she decided to attend a writer’s workshop, “not from any desire to become a writer,” she says, “but as a way to avoid playing tennis with my friends. I’m hopelessly unathletic.” At the end of the week the instructor approached her, and thinking she was a professional writer, asked what she’d published.
“I just laughed,” Marie says. “I told him that I was a mom, and the only thing I wrote was grocery lists.” The instructor insisted that whether Marie knew it or not, she was a writer. Marie thanked him for the compliment, saying she wasn’t a writer, just someone who hadn’t fired her imaginary friends when she grew up. “Then he leaned toward me and said, ‘Well, what do you think writers are?’ That got my attention,” Marie says. “I think I realized then that he was on to something, that my secret identity had finally been unmasked.”
Today Marie lives in Connecticut with Brad, her husband of 31 years. When not writing or volunteering for her church, she enjoys quilting, watching movies, sipping tea on the front porch with her friends, spending time with her family, and playing with her grandsons. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds, and quilt shows.
Who are some of your favorite authors? I’d love to try and interview them!