Tuesday, November 18, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday - hopefully soon, The Goodbye Quilt

Hooray!  I have internet Access!

 Diane at Bibliophile By The Sea hosts this Tuesday meme as a place the share the first paragraph (or a few) of the book you are currently reading or hope to start soon. Join us to get a glimpse into what some other book lovers are reading.

I hope to finish my two current books and start on this one soon. I am away from home Monday through Wednesday of this week, stitching with a small gathering of quilters. I will be working on a few Christmas quilts. I really need to read some Christmas quilt stories, but do not have any on my shelf or loaded on my Kindle. So this one will have to do.

The Goodbye Quilt
Susan Wiggs
Harlequin 2011

Chapter One

   How do you say goodbye to a piece of your heart? If you're a quilter, you have a time-honored way to express yourself.
   A quilt is an object of peculiar intimacy. By virtue of the way it is created, every inch of the fabric is touched. Each scrap absorbs the quilter's scent and the invisible oils of her skin, the smell of her household and, thanks to the constant pinning and stitching, her blood in the tiniest of quantities. And tears, though she might be loath to admit it. 


Do these two paragraphs speak to you? Would you keep reading this story?

I hope I have internet access where I will be this week. If not this will not be linked up to First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesdays. 

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy


  1. I imagine this will be popular with you talented "quilters". I think it would be tough giving the labor of love away when done:) enjoy the book

  2. I don't know about the tears but everything else rings true. You do put yourself out there when you quilt

  3. I love quilts, and they always remind me of the times in my childhood when my mother would take me to a quilting bee. Some of these times are so clear, they feel like yesterday.

    And then seeing the fabrics sewn into the quilts, reminders of favorite dresses, etc. Very beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE POCKET WIFE”

  4. yes, I love that intro and feel that way about quilts myself. I have one of my great grandmother's quilts that I treasure. I think of her every time I see it or touch it. Nice one today. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  5. Christmas quilt stories aren't really my thing, but hope you enjoy it!

  6. That's a lovely opening. Great voice.

  7. I love that paragraph. It's so true. I hope you're having a good time stitching away your Christmas goodies.

  8. The writing is beautiful. I would love to read this one. I like quilt stories. I haven't done any Christmas reading either. I have two from the library and a few on my Kindle. Enjoy stitching.