Wednesday, November 2

The Devil's Puzzle.............

is not a puzzle at all. It is a really, really good book!! It's Clare O'Donohue's newest novel in her Someday Quilts Mystery series..........

I received a copy of the book a few weeks ago from her editor. It came while I was in Iowa with my mom. I was really busy that first week after I got home so I dared not touch the book. Finally, though, I had to check it out. Last Thursday, I went to bed a bit early and read the first chapter. I was only going to read one chapter but then I decided I would read the second chapter.
The next morning, I read the third chapter and then went about the day's duties.  I didn't pick up the book again til later that night. However, I went to bed early so I could read.......chapters 4......5.......6.......7.  Come Saturday, there was laundry and cleaning to do but in between all that I was picking up the book and reading.........and reading......and reading. It was so hard to put it down. I think I managed to read up to about chapter 33 by the time I turned out the lights on Saturday night.
On Sunday afternoon, I decided the book was just too compelling and I had to finish it. So, I curled up in my chair with a really comfy quilt and did just that. It was a really, really good book!! It's one of those books that I'll keep around and in a couple of years, I'll read it again. Right now, I loaned my copy to my daughter. But..............I was sent two copies and I have one to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me the name of your favorite quilt block. Make sure you have a link back to your blog or e-mail address. The last two giveaways that I hosted, I drew names that had no way to contact so I had to draw again. You have until Sunday, November 6th at noon (Central Standard Time) to leave your comment. Good luck! Oh, and of course, the book will come wrapped in fabric and maybe a little something else will be tucked in, too!
Have a great day!
Sandi

This giveaway is closed. Winner has been notified. Congratulations to Nadine/Owl Lady!

70 comments:

Laura said...

Trying again! I love a good mystery. My favorite quilt block is log cabin and all its wonderful variations!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sounds like a great book. My favortie blocks are ones that look like stars.

Linda said...

I've seen books by this author but haven't read any yet. This one would be a good start!

Judy1522 said...

Sounds like a good book. Tumbling blocks are my favorite quilt blocks. I like the 3-dimensional look that they have.

Joan said...

I'm drawn to basket blocks and imagine you know who got me started on that! Enjoy your newsletters.

grammygwendolyn said...

Log cabin is one of my favorites . I take a class on Tuesdays and right now the teacher,Lyn Brown,is teaching the log cabin. Her setting is really different from any I've seen before.I really like it. If you are curious to see it, her web site is lynbrown.com.

Kaaren said...

My all time favorite block is the Churn Dash. What can I say, Sandi...I'm a traditionalist at heart.

I'm longing for a good read. Thanks for the opportunity!

Donna said...

I love the LeMoyne Star block. Crisp points, diamond shapes and triangles intrigue me. Give me stars and pinwheels!

Andrea said...

I would love this book - not seen them anywhere over here. I love a lot of quilt blocks but I think my favourite is the humble Nine-patch. Thanks xx

dortha said...

I love string quilt blocks right now. The favorite changes over time. I would love to read one of her books. I have been looking at the used book stores and haven't found one yet. Thanks for the chance.

DebrafromMD said...

I love log cabin blocks and anything with stars.

Mommarock said...

I love Dresden Plate, but I havn't attempted one yet.. I like the ones with the curves on the outside.. I'm still new, and can't get it all done at once..LOL.. although I surely would like to.

Synthia said...

It's impossible for me to pick one favorite block (smile) but I do love the humble 9-patch a big bunch, so for today and your drawing, that's my answer. I'm not familiar with the author, so I'd really to win the book.

Diane Wild said...

For some reason I'm drawn to Card Tricks, not that I'm such a great card player. I just like the looks of it. I also like log cabin blocks. And I would love to win a copy of the book. I can never get enough of good reads being an ex-librarian.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Would love to read this book. I'm not sure I have one favorite block. I love bear paws, stars, log cabins, drunkard's path, and many more.

Me and My Stitches said...

I love to read - and this book sounds like a good one. I have 2 favorite blocks - log cabin and anything "basket". Although...I have been having the urge to make a churn dash quilt for the last few months!

Denise :) said...

I love a good read! Please count me in! My favorite block is a churn dash -- or a variation of it. I love the look of it! Thank you, Sandi! :)

Sarah or Semmy said...

Being a mystery fan, I love reading the quilting related books. Thanks for giving us a chance to receive this new one. Sarah in OK

Needled Mom said...

I always love a good book!!! I think my favorite block would have to be the Grandmother's Flower block which was my first introduction into the world of quilts.

Sunnybec said...

After quilting, reading is my next favourite hobby, so I would love to win this book. My favourite block is any star block. Linda

Snoodles said...

What a fun giveaway! I have read one of her books, and would so enjoy another one! (The Lovers Knot was great!)
My favorite block is Blackford's Beauty...don't see it much, but I'm dreaming of creating a scrappy quilt from those blocks.

AKnativewoman said...

Oh, a new book to read - that's a great giveaway! As for a favorite block, there are so many, but right now I'd have to say the "Square Upon Square" block is what I'm loving right now! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

Lindah said...

It's a wintry day here, a good day for a mystery. Thanks for the referral --and the chance to win it. It is hard for me to pick a favorite block. I like exploring a different one with each new project, but there are times that I really just want to sit down and make log cabins. Can't go wrong with that block. It can be scrappy or planned or wonky or bright or wintry or...

grandmarockton said...

My other passion is READING so IF I don't win this book I'll buy! But FREINDSHIP STAR is my favorite block

Beth said...

I did not know her newest book was out! I have read all the rest of this series. I have the same problem with them, can't put them down once I start.
My favorite block is postage stamp basket block.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

I'm loving the versatility of the log cabin block. And I'm excited to have a chance of winning this book - it sounds wonderful! And I love to read.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I'd love to read this book. I can't really pick a favorite quilt block. I love to try new ones all the time. I do love blocks with stars in them. I'm working on wonky, twisted blocks right now.

Janice said...

I love a'can't put it down, read all night' book. I really like primitive type quilts but I quite like wonky log cabin an scrappy quilts.

scottylover said...

Oh! I want!!! I just finished the first one and LOVED it! Need to get started on book two, but have to get it from the library since I haven't been able to find it around here. Thanks for the chance to win book 3!

Sandy A

annemarie said...

Sounds like a great book - love a book that is hard to put down. I love the dresden plate quilt block - guess it reminds me of my grandmother as she had a quilt like this!

Grammasheri said...

hi Sandi! i actually love the rail fence block. it is such an easy-to-make block and you can change it up dramatically. Great for beginners, too!

I love love love to read. Haven't read any by this author yet.

dortha said...

I would love to win. I need a new series to start reading. Thanks for the chance. dorthac@aol.com

Linda Big D said...

My favorite block to look at is the Mariners' Compass, but I've never made one. I've had fun withe the Disappearing 9 patch and the disappearing 4 patch.

Vesuviusmama said...

I own (and love!) the others in this series, so I'd love the chance to win this one!

Hilachas said...

I'd love to read this book. Thanks for another opportunity to win it.

Pat V. said...

I've read the first three and can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Janet said...

I love a good log cabin! And I'd love to read this book.

Betty G. said...

I love to read and will have to look for that book. My favorite block of all is the churn dash.

Sallie said...

I've read the previous books in this series and would love to win this one! My favorite block is the friendship star. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lucy said...

Hey! I love this enough to figure out how to post! A favorite quilt block is a REALLY hard question. I think I might pick a pinwheel. I do like those with all their variations.
LUCY

rabbitspinner said...

New author to me. My favorite block is Sunbonnet Sue. Or maybe Tumbling Blocks....Hmmm, maybe I should make more so I can decide!

Donna

Reach me through your yahoo group. My yahoo name is rabbitspinner. I have never left a comment before and really don't want to put my email address on this.

Ann Marie said...

Stars and other pointy blocks always catch my eye. Recently I made a quilt with a twist on the Kaleidoscope block to make it more pointy with the placement of colors. Right now I am doing a Jacobs Ladder.

pepsilady said...

A new author for me to find.....I love to read, especially books that are about quilt adventures.....I really like the snowball block as there is so many things that you can do to it.

pamdux said...

My favorite block is the 9 patch. Thank you for the chance to win.
duxburypam@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love the Irish Chain...and I love to read!!! So thanks for the chance to win a book!!
quiltsbycheryl@hotmail.com

Robin said...

I would love to leave a comment for the contest but how do I leave a link for my email? I am very computer challenged.
Thanks,
Robin in TX

Heide said...

Hard to pick a favorite block, but have to say that I enjoy the Disappearing Nine Patch. Never know what you'll end up with. Would love to win the book. Our Wednesday quilting group, the Fabric Floozies, are avid readers and spend the first few minutes of each meeting swapping books. I would enjoy sharing the book with the group.
HeideW2003 at yahoo dot com

Sonia said...

That sounds like a good book! :)

Have a great weekend!

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Sonia said...

Oops, I forgot to tell you my favorite block. I like the mariners compass.

desertskyquilts said...

I saw this earlier, but missed the idea that you were giving one away! It sounded great. Looks like we have a lot of readers!

My very favorite quilt block is Sister's Choice, but I love baskets, too, and churn dash is good, and stars of all kinds, and ... and ... and ...!

Bev C said...

Hello,

I love a book that you can't put down. My favourite block well I don't really have a favourite one but I do love the challenge of a Double Wedding Ring Block.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Julie said...

I just love her books and would love to win! My favorite quilt block is the basket block. Thanks for the give away :)

Kathryn said...

Sounds like a book worth reading! Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite block is Jacob's Ladder. I love the diagonal look to it. I am in the final stages of finishing one up. Kathie L in Allentown

Patty D from NC said...

thanks for chance to win. I love star quilt blocks of all types

Gayner Evans said...

I love the 9 patch because you can adapt it so easily. I ve just made a star block by splitting a 9patch and adding triangles

annmarie said...

I've read the first 2 Nell books & would love to win this one - I too pass them on when done. Thaks for the chance. My favorite quilt block is the friendship star - easy & so welcoming.

Sandi said...

My crazy quilting friend, Sue, sent this e-mail to me....


"I never win anything but thought I would give it a try. My favorite quilt square is a crazy square! (of course)"

Anonymous said...

I don't have a single favorite, but I like Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill, baskets of flowers, and, of course, owls.

Owl Lady, avid reader

earth visitor said...

I do like a good mystery and if it is quilt related that makes it better

Jeanie in IA

Wayne said...

I love a good book and one you can't put down is always a good one. I love the double wedding ring block and hope to someday make a quilt or at least a table runner from the pattern. Have a great Thanksgiving. Helen O

Debbie said...

I love all star blocks, but especially the ones designed by Carol Doak. Haven't read any Clare O'Donohue novels yet. I winning one would be a good time to start. Thanks for counting me in, Sandi!

KOcanQuilt said...

Wow, look at all the comments Sandi! I found out about these mysteries last week and literally checked the first one out at the library the day before your post. My favorite block is the pinwheel and all the variations. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Mom C said...

Oh, I love a good book. Mysteries are my favs. You sound like you read like I do. Most nights I read myself to sleep but if it's a real absorbing book, I read myself awake and then I can read all night! Sad to say, it's the pits the next day!

Mom C said...

addendum to my last comment- sorry I forgot, I love log cabins. I love to sew strips together! Weird, I know. So 2 comments only count once.

Anonymous said...

Oh my! My favorite block? Well, it could be a basket because that is the first quilt I ever made. Or it could be a log cabin, or a lemoyne star, or a churn dash, or.... Everything I try is my favorite at the moment and I've not made one that I'd never do over again. I just like to keep my hands busy.
I also like to read books having to do with quilts. I know there are several authors that use quilt themes in their books but, I haven't read nearly all of them. If you read it that quickly, it is a good one for sure.
Donna A.

Kathy in GA said...

Hi Sandi - I would love to win the book - love quilting mysteries! Besides, I have all these upcoming plane rides involving the holidays and my DD's wedding...what better way to enjoy crosscountry trips?
I still love all blocks, especially finished ones, ha ha. Thanks for the opportunity. And I can't wait to start quilting instead of sewing satin, think of all the things the new year might bring! Kathy O in GA

handmade said...

wow lovely thanks for sharing I love stars !!! hope the book can be bought in the netherlands soon....

momof2gr8kidz! said...

SHOOT HOW DID I MISS OUT ON THIS> ?? the book looks lovely. I guess i will have to pick up my own. I haven no idea about a quilt block any how.

tvrebecca said...

I know the contest is over, but I just have to mention that this series of mysteries centered around the Someday Quilt Shop is fantastic!! They are all page turners! For all of you that mentioned a love of reading, you will love Clare's books! I am going to go order my copy of the new one right now! Enjoy! (and I'm a big fan of the classic, Irish Chain. :)

linmid said...

I love a mystery and have not heard of this author, but I will check her out at the library. At this time my favorite pattern is disappearing 9 patch.

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