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A Conversation with Author Marie Bostwick
Episode 827th May 2024 • The Quilt Fiction Podcast • Frances O'Roark Dowell
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Tune into the May episode of Quilt Fiction to listen to an interview with one of the queens of quilt fiction, the fabulous Marie Bostwick!

Marie Bostwick!

If you’ve listened to this month’s episode, you know what an utter delight Marie is! Have you read her two newest novels yet? You’ll love Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly and The Restoration of Celia Fairchild

For more about Marie and her books, visit her website. 

Check out Marie’s First interview with Quilt Fiction!

Interview Spoiler Alert! Spoiler alert: around sixteen minutes into the interview, we’re talking about the way a story you’re working on can surprise you. Something happens that you weren’t expecting at all. Marie talks about a character in A Thread So Thin, one of the Cobbled Street Court series, and she accidentally reveals an important plot point. So, if you haven’t read the book yet and don’t want to know what happens, go ahead and fast forward through that part of the interview!

To keep up with Marie’s latest news and sample her delicious recipes, sign up for her newsletters! 

Our May Sponsor and Giveaway!

Big thanks to Maywood Studio for sponsoring the May 2024 episode of the Quilt Fiction podcast. Maywood Studio is a wholesale textile manufacturer and leading fabric supplier for the quilting and craft industry, and these fine folks are providing an amazing treat for one lucky listener this month: a 21-piece fat quarter bundle. Franny’s Flowers is a cheerful fabric collection inspired by vintage printed cotton feed sacks from the 1930s and 40s. Reminiscent of farm life and country living, these designs honor the memory of a long-time employee who was passionate about collecting period fabrics. A percentage of the proceeds from fabric sales are donated to the American Cancer Society. The Franny’s Flowers Quilt is available to view and download for free at

Block of the Month: Tree of Life

May’s block of the month is the Tree of Life block, aka the Tree of Paradise aka  The Tree of  Heaven (which was the tree that grew in Brooklyn for all of you A Tree Grows in Brooklyn fans). I picked this block in honor of Esme Cahill’s North Carolina roots. The Tree of Life quilt block is the emblem for NC Folkife Institute, an organization that I volunteered with for many years. Whenever I see the block, I think of pine trees, of which there are many in my part of the state. 

If you want to learn more about this block, Barbara Brackman has a great YouTube video (link in the show notes). Barbara Brackman video:

If you want to make a Tree of Life block or quilt, pop over here for a free pattern!

Field Trip!

If you happen to be in North Carolina this summer, I recommend visiting the “Layered Legacies” quilt exhibit at the NC Museum of Art,  which will be up until July 21, 2024.

Books I mention in the podcast:

What You Are Looking for is in the Library by Machiko Anoyama. Here’s the publisher’s description:

The Many Lives of Mama Love by Lara Love Harden

Birds in the Air by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Margaret Goes Modern and Other Stories by Frances O’Roark Dowell

June Audiobook Sale!

Get 50% off of the audio versions of Friendship Album, 1933 !



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