Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop {Giveaway}

I was so honored when Michele {Quilting Gallery} asked me to participate in the Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop.  This hop celebrates Marie Bostwick’s newest book, Between Heaven and Texas.  I must confess I wasn’t able to finish reading the book but I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have read.  I do plan on finishing it up very soon.

To celebrate Marie’s book, 12 designers are offering awesome star block patterns.  If you haven’t been keeping up you should definitely check out the great blocks.

Here’s a look at the schedule:
Monday, April 29 – Marie’s Block
Tuesday, April 30 – Michele – Quilting Gallery
Wednesday, May 1 – Bonnie – Quiltville
Thursday, May 2 – Pat – Pat Sloan
Thursday, May 2 – Kim – Persimon Dreams
Friday, May 3 – Melissa – Happy Quilting
Saturday, May 4 – Jo – Jo’s Country Junction
Sunday, May 5 – Wendy – Ivory Spring
Monday, May 6 – Victoria – Bumble Beans Inc.
Tuesday, May 7 – Vicki – Quilting Lodge
Wednesday, May 8 – Melissa/Jake – Generation Q Magazine
Thursday, May 9 – Jennifer – Sew Hooked
Friday, May 10 – Jackie – Canton Village Quilt Works

You can also head over to the main page of the Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop and check out all the blocks.  Make sure you join the  Flickr group!  You can find Marie on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Are you ready for my block?  I’m calling it Seeing Stars.  My block ended up being a paper pieced pattern that might look intimidating but I promise it’s doable.

Seeing Stars

You can find a copy of my Seeing Stars pattern here.  Just a reminder that my pattern assumes you know how to paper piece.  I haven’t included any general paper piecing instructions.

A close up of the center

The best part of this block is what happens when you put several together.  Here’s a couple layouts showing four 12″ blocks sewn together.  I just love the secondary pattern it creates.


I hope you love my pattern.  This was definitely a labor of love that didn’t really want to cooperate.  I think I made 4 test blocks before I finally found a block that works.

There’s also a wonderful opportunity to help out an awesome charity with this blog hop. Make an extra star block and donate it the The Linus Connection.

Jennifer from Sewhooked has been an active volunteer for The Linus Connection for over 10 years. She’s made and donated approximately 300 quilts to The Linus Connection since 2002, many of them made from orphan blocks donated by quilters from around the world.

The Linus Connection is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Austin, Texas whose mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in the Central Texas area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.

Contact Jennifer for mailing information at or visit The Linus Connection blog to find out other ways you can help.

Now it’s time for a giveaway.  One lucky reader will win a copy of Marie’s book.  Just leave a comment and tell me your favorite book.  The giveaway will be open until May 12th at 11:59 PM CST.  Good Luck!

Don’t forget…There’s also a bonus giveaway if youcomplete the quilt top using the designer’s blocks and upload a photo to our Flickr group by September 1, 2013.  You’ll be entered to win an audio version of Marie’s new book. This version is due to be released sometime in September.

100 thoughts on “Between Heaven and Texas Blog Hop {Giveaway}”

  1. Would you please slow down with coming up with wonderful things I think I need to do RIGHT NOW? I don’t want you to stop but I need some time to catch up! That’s a beautiful block. Pinned so I can do something with it later. To answer your question, my favourite book today is “Sworn to Silence” by Linda Castillo. I’m a pretty avid reader so I can’t exactly have just ONE favourite. Thanks for the giveaway & a great block! 🙂

  2. Such a stunning block! Love it and can’t wait to try it! And in the fabrics you use it’s extra pretty! <3

    My favorite book… To be honest it’s a series of books atm and not at all related to quilting (boring right?). It’s currently the Wheel Of Time series by Robert Jordan or James Oliver Rigney, Jr. Fantastic series that I LOVE! =)

    Thanks a lot for the chance to win!

  3. What a gorgeous block! Lots of possibilities with this one – I can see it being really nice as a scrappy block. My favourite book is Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodwiss. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Your block is stunning! Love the fabrics you chose and the pattern created. I read a lot, so my favorite books are those written by Jodi Picoult…My Sister’s Keeper is a favorite. Thanks for the chance!

  5. Love your block! I don’t have a favorite book but I do read a lot. I have read all of the Cobblestone Court series which I enjoyed immensely. I also like Fern Michaels and Jodi Picoult.

  6. Stunning has it! My first thought when I saw this beautiful block, and I can see I’m not the only one!! Favorite book….hmmmm….it would be a children’s book called Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop.

  7. Awesome block – I love paper piecing but this one looks like a bit of a challenge :*) My favorite book – impossible to say! I love them all!!! Right now I’m reading The Girl’s Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs – it’s the story of Ruth and so far it’s very interesting and fun to read.

  8. This is a block I will have to make. I love paper piecing. My favorite book is always the one I am reading that are mysteries, science fiction, or romance. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. It`s absolutely wonderful and love your fabrics choice.I love paper piecing blocks.

    A fav book is !Tiempo entre costuras” is in spanish dont´t know if is in englis

  10. I love your block! Definitely will be on my “to do” list! I love all books by Lynn Austin and also the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Great reads!

  11. My favorite book is the entire Dark series by Christine Feehan. Each book builds upon itself and keeps getting better & better.

  12. I just finished reading The Help. Actually I bought the audio book and had it read to me during long drives. I LOVED it! Thank you for the opportunity to win a new book.

  13. An awesome block!

    My all time favorite book is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. (Translated to English from French). I read this book translated to Norwegian, and it was a pure joy to read! The translator did a magnificent job, and the language was just flowing freely in a lively manner.
    Check this book out!

  14. I don’t get to read much. But when I do read it is a mystery. So anything like that is my favorite. Sorry I’m so boring.

  15. I definitely have to do this block! It is beautiful and showing the layout of 4 of the blocks compels me to accomplish a much larger version. Thank you, I know how much effort it takes to put together such a wonderful block – Believe me we all appreciate it!
    I too do not read as much as I should, quilting has been the main way I relax and Zone out from the world around me. Ann Rand – my favorite author, my favorit book of hers: Atlas Strugged – no wonder why I need to use complicated quilting to soften my world.

  16. Thank you for a beautiful block. I LOVE stars & this one is a beauty. I do not read much non-fiction; however, I have been reading Red Fox Woman written by a friend of mine. Very good book!

  17. What a wonderful block. The block is great on its own, but I love it when there are multiple blocks and secondary designs. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

  18. Gorgeous block. Will be putting in my to do folder. I really don’t have a favorite book – just love to read and pick up whatever is around or download some from the local library to listen to while ironing or chain stitching.

  19. I love that block as paper piecing is one of my favorite things to do. As for books to read I love any quilting, cooking, or mystery books.

  20. Love this block!! The pink, the black, the blue!! So pretty. And i do enjoy paper piecing. My favorite book? The classic Gone with the Wind – I’ve read it several times.

  21. Oh of course…another beautiful block from you. You really inspire all of us to get busy and quilt! I read a lot and anything to do with history. There is so much history of the world to learn about. Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  22. Currently my favorite book is Miracle of Catfish by Larry Brown. He died before the book was finished but it is a beautifully done character driven story and well worth reading. The audiobook is even better. I love good characters and my favorite author is Stephen King. His characters are so vivid. He writes more than horror stories, but I like those too. Love your block! It’s my favorite sew far!

  23. Love your block, when I read that it was paper pieced I thought I wouldn’t bother printing it out, cause I’m not a big fan of paper piecing, but when I saw the design it creates when they’re sewn together I decided to print it out.
    I’m not a big reader, but I have read a few of Terri Thayer’s Quilting Mystery books and I loved reading each one of them.
    I haven’t read any of Marie’s books yet, but I do intend to read some of them and I would love to win her latest book.

  24. Favorite book is my whatever is on my pillow when i go to bed at night. currently reading The Good Husband of Zebra drive by Alexander McCall Smith.

  25. Don’t really have a favorite, I love to read most any quilt related book, historical novels, and some mystery/suspense books. Love your block and thanks for a chance to win. I am in need of something new to read.

  26. That’s an impressive block. The ones put together remind me of a kaleidoscope that goes in and out. Bright and cheerful is definitely the way to go with this one!

    My favorite book is Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. You have to read all three, so that’s why I say book, as if it’s one. Thanks for a chance to win Marie’s book.

    dezertsuz at gmail

  27. Oh my goodness!!! AWESOME block!!!! Loooove it!!!

    I love reading, and love sooooo many books…but my all time favorite book will always be “Anne of Green Gables”!!!

  28. Holy cow you are amazingly talented lady! I just don’t know how you do it! My favorite book is Harry Potter – the whole series 🙂

  29. What a striking block! So lovely and it makes an awesome quilt. Two of my all time favorite books are Secret Garden and Island of the Blue Dolphin.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  30. Hi, I am unable to read a novel any more, I read a few pages and forget what I read so then I go back and try again till I have to give up. I do have a book that I can read it is Devoted to Quilting by Nita Beshear. It is little stories, she has another one out now same name but number 2. thanks for the block.

  31. The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini was the best book that I have read in a very long time! I was so encouranged by it that I read the rest of the Elm Creek Quilter series one right after the other. I’m looking forward to reading Marie Bostwick’s Cobbled Court Quilts series and would love to win Between Heaven and Texas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. What a wonderful Block. I would love to do it as my next block. Great colours too.
    I don’t have any quilting books as such as they are not available here in India.
    SO I would love to win this giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

  33. Wow! That is a gorgeous block! My most favorite book of all time is Pride & Prejudice, but I’ve enjoyed the first 2 books of The Cobblestone Series by Marie. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of her book.

  34. Your block is very elegant. I can’t come up with a favorite book, but this new book of Marie’s looks like a really good one.

  35. wow i love your block. This star is gorgeous. I have finished “Wheat Bellies” by William Davis M.D. It is fabulous. It is not a novel but a book about wheat flours and what it does to our system. I highly recommend it to any one who wants to get healthy on the inside.

  36. What a great block, I’ll give it a try! I read all the time, but if I had to pick a favourite, it is Lord of the Rings. Always something new to find in there!

  37. Nellie Duclos

    Wow! That star is star-taling! Not a reader but my latest quilt book is Precut Patchwork Party by Elaine Schmidt. It has some great projects in it using pre-cut fabrics. Thanks for sharing. I’d love to win a copy of the book.

  38. Wow, that is such a beautiful block. i am so impressed. My favorite book is The Secret Garden, but I really did enjoy all the Harry Potter series when they came out. Our kids were the perfect age for enjoying the books and the release parties at the book stores, so it was always a big deal to stay up to 12:00 and get the newest book and start reading right away. I probably wouldn’t have read them but we used to read to the kids before betimes, and I only would get 1/2 of the chapter as my dh would read the other half, so I just had to read the whole book to understand what was going on!

  39. My favorite book is “A People and Their Quilts” by John Rice Irwin. It has stories of folks from where I grew up and lots of photos of old quilts. No patterns, but if you find a quilt you like it’s not hard to find the pattern on the internet.

  40. All time favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but currently am hooked on the Gone Series by Michael Grant. It’s a young adult series,but really fascinating storyline.

    Love your design it is terrific.

  41. Wow, this is a gorgeous block! Thank you! I have several favorite books and I’ve read all of the Cobblestone series. Can’t wait to relax with the next one!

  42. favorite book recently read. “These is my words-Thediary of Sarah Agnes Prine” by Nancy Turner.
    Beautiful star. Paper piecing does intimidate me… I want to try it but just can’t make myself get started. Thanks for a chance to win. janita

  43. I have a lifetime of favorite books. Right at the moment my favorite series is Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series. I am, however, looking forward to reading this series of books as well! Love your block by the way!

  44. My favorite book is the Bible…it never goes out of style. And of course, I love every one of Marie’s books…I’ve read them all and can’t wait to read this new one. I also love anything by Jennifer Chiaverini

  45. I LOVE the block…will have to learn how to paper piece! I love to read and the nook app on my iphone gets me through many sleepless nights. Mostly murder mysteries and romance novels

  46. It is impossible to choose a favorite book, at least for me. How about my favorite series to recommend? Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache novels are outstanding.

  47. Love your star block! It would take me way more than 4 tries to get it right. Great job!
    My favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s actually a whole series and every book is just fantastic.

  48. I don’t have A favorite book, but I have favoriteS. Marie’s books are in that category and I recommend her books ALL the time 😉 Thanks for the chance to win!

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