Marie Bostwick Blog Hop Tour

I’m thrilled to be hosting this blog hop tour for Marie Bostwick’s latest book Ties that Bind. I am a huge fan of Marie’s Cobbled Court series of novels and was honoured when she asked me to organize this tour for her.

Here’s how it works…

I have invited 10 guests to join me on the tour. They were all sent an advanced copy of Marie’s book and will be answering a few fun questions on their own blogs and sharing photos and stories of a baby quilt they’ve made here on the Quilting Gallery.

Each blogger will also be giving away a copy of the book. Visit each one on their special day to enter their give-away. Winners will be chosen randomly on May 2nd. I’ll also have a couple of patterns to give-away later this week too.

Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, April 24

Wednesday, April 25

Thursday, April 26

Friday, April 27

Saturday, April 28

Marie is also sponsoring this week’s Wall Hangings quilt contest.

Book Synopsis: Ties that Bind


Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she’s made in New Bern; she just never thought she’d still be single on her fortieth birthday.

It’s a shock to the entire town when Phillip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in—finding ways to ease the townspeople’s burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot’s family apart, that bond—and the help of her quilting sisterhood—will prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life’s fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning…

Baby Quilts from Today’s Guests

Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works

Here is a photo of a baby quilt that I made for my daughter.


I wanted to make this quilt for her when she was about two. It was just too cute! The quilt was a Pam Bono design and totally pieced. No paper piecing here. There was literally a gazillion little pieces. Each bunny was a challenge as I tend to be a super perfectionist when it comes to piecing. I seem to remember that there was a lot of unsewing going on. But in the end I was very pleased with the result. The fabrics, as you can tell are older calicoes and have faded somewhat. But my daughter still has it in her room all nicely put away.



Wendy – Ivory Spring

I made my first quilt after much encouragement from my quilting mentor and friend Barbara. I had the perfect excuse to venture into something new — a newborn in the family! I had the most fun picking and choosing the different fabrics for the quilt. The applique was really fun too. My favorite part of the quilt is the “bunny-go-around”.


label bunny-go-around


I have two copies of Marie’s Ties that Bind novel to give-away to my blog readers. To enter, leave a comment below answering: What’s your favourite springtime flower? Winners will be chosen randomly on May 2nd.

Plus, visit today’s two guests, read their answers to the FUN questions, and enter the give-aways on their blogs too:

Congratulations to the winners: #21 Judith Reynolds and #118 Margie W. Check your inbox for a message from me.

Marie Bostwick’s Ties that Bind – Blog Hop Tour

177 thoughts on “Marie Bostwick’s Ties that Bind – Blog Hop Tour

  • April 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

    My favorite spring flower are Tulips.

  • April 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    favorite spring flower? grape hyacinths. hmm. or lilies of the valley. lilacs. um…. ah!! how to pick one?! my daughter would say “dandelions!” without a doubt. :)

  • April 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Love the peonies! Thanks for the chance to win !!

  • April 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  • April 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    fave spring flower? crocus ! yep – gotta be – being from MB it’s our provincial flower ;)) !
    TY for the great giveaway opp ~ Luving this tour & Congrats on organizing the FuN!!

  • April 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Tulips would be my favorite.

  • April 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Love pansies- so bright and colourful
    Thanks for the chance to win those lovely books

  • April 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Oh, Pansies for sure!!

  • April 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I just love tulips and azaleas. Thanks for the giveaway. Am an avid Marie Bostwick fan.

  • April 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I love lilac and lilies of the valley for their sweet smells.

  • April 26, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I don’t know if its a spring time flower, but one of my favorites are yellow roses.

  • April 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Haven’t read any of her books but want to start. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • April 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    My favorite spring flowers are the poppies! Even if it’s not spring – have several poppy quilts I’m working on.
    Thanks for the giveaway – I love Marie’s books and can’t wait to read this one.

  • April 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

    When I lived up north, my favorite springtime flower was the crocus which signaled the coming of many more beautiful blooms. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I love this series! :-)

  • April 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I love tulips – a big mass of them! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • April 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Favourite spring flower….snowbells…because they herald the coming of warmer days and the end of the greys of winter. They remind me that it’s possible to start afresh each and every year.

  • April 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    OOPS – forgot to answer the question! I love seeing all the roses bloom, especially the variegated colors.

  • April 27, 2012 at 1:01 am

    My favorite spring flower is a lilac. Nothing compares to the romance of its scent. Reminds me of my grandma.

  • April 27, 2012 at 1:16 am

    My favorite spring flower- that is a difficult one but I do love tulips and daffodils .. Lots of others too. I love seeing the first crocuses poke their heads out of the ground that tell me spring is here.

  • April 27, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I love tulips. They come in so many lovely colors.

  • April 27, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I love daffodils. Their yellow color is so welcome after a grey winter. Love Marie’s books!

  • April 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Love tulips…red, orange, and yellow!

  • April 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Daffodil’s…love how bright and cheery they are, that they come back year after year and that the deer leave them along. Just found Marie’s books, can’t wait to read them all!

  • April 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

    My favorite spring flower is definitely lilacs! I just wished they lasted longer! I can’t wait to read this new book – I have (and love!) all of her others.

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Love all the flowers, but guess if I have to pick a favorite, it would be pansies! They just make me smile!

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I love our California poppies that appear in the spring. They are so bright and cheerful and happy looking!

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Wonderful baby quilts! I have not had the occasion since I started quilting 4 years ago to make a baby quilt…but I plan to do so when I become a ‘Great’ grandmother, though that may be a while as none of my grandchildren are in serious relationships yet. Now about this great give away!!! I love ALL Springtime flowers, but between there beauty and wonderful perfume, that fills both my home and my yard every Spring as they are doing now, Lilacs have to be at the top of my list. Thanx for a chance to win this book. I love the Cobbled Court Series! Big Hugs…

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I love Daffodils – and sure appreciate the eye candy – such pretty baby quilts – love the bunnies:)

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Love flowers that make me smile or the color. Bird of Paradise come to mind….

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I LOVE roses. I love it when my rose bushes start blooming and the beautiful colors are all over my yard!! I love the smell of roses too!!

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:46 am

    My favorite spring time flower is Lily of the Valley.

  • April 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I just love Gerber daisies. They are always available in the brightest colors & make me happy & inspired to see them.

  • April 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    My favorite spring time flower is the Dutch Iris..especially in purple. Thank you for hosting a giveaway. I read the first pages of Ties That Bind and WOW! I have not seen books from this author but am going to search them out now. Would be thrilled to win a copy of her new book :-)

  • April 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I love tulips! Part of it is because of my Dutch heritage, but the other part is that they are the first flowers that come up in the spring (sometimes through the snow in Chicago) and give me hope that spring will come!! I would love to win Marie’s new book :)

  • April 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Marie is one of the best authors with character development. You really feel like you know her characters! She’s awesome!

  • April 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I love bunnies and what isn’t fun about bunny quilts? And the tulips are sweet too. I am an avid reader when I am not quilting, that is and I have never read one of Marie Bostwick’s books! What a great one to start with! I’d be honored to read one of her books and pass it along to my Mom, too.

  • April 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I love daffodils!! They are my favorite!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • April 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Definitely tulips-my favorite.

  • April 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    My favorite spring flower would be the blossoms on a dogwood tree. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • April 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    My fav is tulips…just love taking pics of them and seeing the different varieties. And when the tulips bloom you know that spring has…sprung!

  • April 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    The smell of peonies is the most divine scent on earth. I’m hoping to have good luck in the give-away. I never win but I keep trying!
    Gmama Jane

  • April 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    My all time favorite flower is daisy.

  • April 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I look forward to seeing tulips of all colours spring forth to remind us of new beginnings.

  • April 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I love lilies of the valley, which bloom in out-of-the-way places like behind the neighbor’s garage. They smell of spring to me, and because their blooming season is so short, they are all the more precious.

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