Book List: Quilts and Knitting Fiction


Lately I’ve noticed we have a lot of fiction related to quilting and knitting. Strange! However, these are some pretty good books. Give them a try:

1.   Sisters of the Quilt trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall

Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp desires to break with custom, forgo baptism into the faith, and marry outside the cloistered community.

On the evening of their engagement, tragedy strikes and in one unwelcome encounter, all that Hannah has known and believed is destroyed. Hannah is left with questions her people cannot answer.

Through this three-part series we follow Hannah’s story from the Old World Amish order to the Englisher world.

2.   The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Juggling the demands of her yarn shop and single-handedly raising a teenage daughter has made Georgia Walker grateful for her Friday Night Knitting Club. Her friends are happy to escape their lives too, even for just a few hours. But when Georgia’s ex suddenly reappears, demanding a role in their daughter’s life, her whole world is shattered.

Luckily, Georgia’s friends are there, sharing their own tales of intimacy, heartbreak, and miracle making. And when the unthinkable happens, these women will discover that what they’ve created isn’t just a knitting club: it’s a sisterhood.

Read the sequel, Knit Two, which continues the stories of these women.

3.   The Aloha Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini

Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt shop out of business and her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter’s retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid the vibrant colors and balmy breezes of the Hawaiian Islands. Soon Bonnie finds herself looking out on sparkling waters and banyan trees, planning quilting courses, and learning the history and intricacies of Hawaiian quilting, all the while helping Claire run the inn.

As Bonnie’s adventure unfolds, it quickly becomes clear that Claire’s new business isn’t the only excitement in store for her. Her cheating, soon-to-be ex-husband decides he wants her stake in Elm Creek Quilts, which threatens not only her financial well-being but her dearest friendships as well. Luckily she has the artistic challenge of creating her own unique Hawaiian quilt pattern to distract her—and new friends like Hinano Paoa, owner of the Nä Mele Hawai‘i Music Shop, who introduces Bonnie to the fascinating traditions of Hawaiian culture and reminds her that love can be found when and where you least expect it.

Can’t get enough of the Elm Creek Quilts? Read the other novels in Chiaverini’s series.

4.   Special Mention: Sarah’s Quilt by Nancy E. Turner. While not strictly about quilting, it is part of a wonderful best-selling series of books, starting with These Is My Words. A historical fiction novel that is a for sure page-turner, Sarah’s Quilt will have you glued to the very last page.

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Information was based on the publishers’ book descriptions.

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