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One of the reasons I’ve so enjoyed writing the Shenandoah Album novels has been the chance to design quilts with words.  Never mind how hard they are to actually construct.  I can sew my quilts with sentences, choosing colors I love and imagining the result.  Early on, of course, Leisure Arts blessed me with real quilts to go with my images, in the form of the Quilt Along With Emilie Richards companion volumes.  Real and imagined quilts.  The best of all possible worlds.

For the past months we’ve also blessed you with the pattern to this North Carolina Lily quilt, available, thanks to Leisure Arts, in my quilt studio.  But fair warning.  At the end of the week, we’ll be putting up a new one and taking this one down. 

So enjoy the pattern while you can.  Visit and download for your own pleasure, and ask your quilter friends to do the same.  Then, check back to see a new quilt to inspire you.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog posts!


  1. Ellen Dye on March 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Hey Emilie!
    What a great posting, I enjoyed it a great deal. And I’m a huge fan of your Shenandoah Album series. I just finished up Sister’s Choice and was amazed as usual—I love your characters, they are so well drawn, so incredibly faceted.
    And also, many thanks for the imagined quilts in Sister’s Choice. I’ve finally been motivated to pull out my bear paw and get the binding on it 🙂
    Hope your week is a wonderful one!

  2. Emilie Richards on March 11, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I want to see that Bear’s Paw when it’s finished. We’ll put it in Show and Tell. Enjoy the process.

  3. Mary Buie on March 11, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Buy the Quilt Along With Emilie Richards companion volumes, so she can keep writing our stories…8-) AND you’ll have ALL the quilts!!!

  4. Emilie Richards on March 12, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Ah, spoken like one of my favorite readers. Thank you so much. Oh, and I promise I don’t leave out ANY of the good stuff when I have to edit myself. I hope I just leave out the “it’s time to cook dinner” stuff, you know, the sections where you find yourself looking at your watch a lot.

    • Pat Kennedy on August 5, 2019 at 12:11 am

      Hi! I have quilted at my church with the ladies for nearly 27 years. I want you to know, I have enjoyed your Shenandoah Series very much. Our quilters are dwindling. We have had 3 pass on in the last 6 months, 90, 69, &92. I recently got bags of Frances’s quilting things when her daughter started cleaning out the house. I want you to know, like Helen Henry, I believe it was her story about reusing thread during WW2. I was so amazed reading that, considering how really wasteful we are these days.
      However…let me say I got several spools of thread that looked odd, I unrolled to see what was the problem was. There on the roll, rewound, was several feet of thread. Saved and rewound on the original spool. I have a photo. I wanted to send it….I will try.
      We hand quilt every Wednesday 10-2. It seems to becoming a lost art. Sad, huh?

      • Emilie Richards on August 5, 2019 at 7:39 am

        I’m a post-war baby, but I think I learned a lot from my mother about keeping things, reusing and repurposing. I always felt the hint of desperation, the sense there might not be enough later so hold on tight. I’m not sure we passed that on to our kids. They are more likely to toss things I might try to reuse. The Boomers may be the last generation that feels WW2 in our bones, even just the aftermath.

        I’d love to see that photo.

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