By Marie Bostwick
New York Times Best Selling Author
It’s a classic “chicken-versus-egg” question, impossible to prove or disprove. However, in the last year, I’ve had a chance to test each theory personally.
If you’ve read my Cobbled Court novels, A SINGLE THREAD, A THREAD OF TRUTH, and A THREAD SO THIN, set in the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop, in the fictional village of New Bern, Connecticut, you already know that one of the over-arching themes of this series is the importance and power of friendships among women.
A SINGLE THREAD was my fourth novel. As I was writing it, I sensed that this book had the potential to touch readers in way that my other novels hadn’t. With its multi-generational cast of characters, and gentle message of faith and friendship, this story, I felt, was one nearly every woman could relate to.
After the book was released, my jam-packed mailbox confirmed that hunch. Women from all over the country wrote to tell me how the story made them laugh and cry, how the experiences of the characters mirrored their own, and how they wished for friends like those they’d met in the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop, friends who would accept them as they were, warts and all, and stick with them through joys and hardships, thick and thin, no matter what.
I knew just what they meant.
You see, the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop isn’t just a product of my imagination; it’s also a literary patchwork of the places and people I’ve known in my twenty-plus years as a quilter. Art imitating Life.
Quilting is a piece of my life that I cherish, one I very much wished to share with others, especially the women who had reached out to me through letters and email.
One of them, Maureen, a frequent correspondent and member of the online quilt circle I’d opened on my website, urged me to organize a “swap”, in which a group of quilters make and trade enough blocks for an entire quilt, with one block from each member of the group. Maureen said she’d be willing to coordinate the first “Cobbled Court Quilt Circle - Online!” swap, suggesting a Christmas theme.
|Cobbled Court Christmas Quilt|
Photo by Cathy Gaudet
|Marie at Cobbled Court Retreat showing|
the quilt she made from the quilt blocks.
Photo by Cathy Gaudet
|Photo by Cathy Gaudet|
On the path to becoming a novelist, Marie Bostwick worked in the bean fields of Oregon, sang and danced in musical productions, acted in TV commercials, taught religion to deaf children, ran an event-planning business, worked as the scheduler for a U.S. Senator and directed women’s ministries for a large church.