Try it on Tuesday: The Quilt Walk

The great people over at Sleeping Bear Press recently sent me a juvenile fiction book to read and review, “The Quilt Walk” by Sandra Dallas.

I have read many of Sandra Dallas’ books before and loved them so I had high expectations for this book.

The book starts in 1864 as the family decides to leave their Midwest farm and move to Golden, Colorado.   Pa had already been to Golden looking for gold and saw a great business opportunity for his family to start a store there.    He travels back to his home to convince Ma and ten year old, Emmy Blue to embark on the great adventure to the wild west.  Ma is not to happy. Emmy Blue…she’s excited!  As with every wagon train story there are a host of characters that make the story interesting and give it depth.  Babies are born, people die, Indians come, rivers are crossed, snakes appear…all the typical wagon train adventures.  Like with most of Sandra Dallas’ books, there is a quilt story weaved into the plot too.

When my kids were little, I read to them at supper time if Hubby was still working.  This would have been the perfect book to read to them.  The reading level is appropriate for kids in third through sixth grade but the story is for all ages.  I enjoyed reading  it lots and I think other quilters would enjoy the book too.  If I were a teacher and teaching a westward theme or quilting theme, I would add this book to my curriculum.  Moms and Grandmas who quilt could easily give this book as gift to their children.

If you’re looking for good books that are historical fiction that intertwine quilting into the story I highly recommend the following Sandra Dallas books.

The Diary of Mattie Spenser


Prayers for Sale

The Persian Pickle Club

Alice’s Tulips
  This one is one of my favorites!!

All in all, Sandra Dallas wrote another great book!

Would you like a chance to win the book…just leave a comment here telling your favorite book or author.
I will put a post up later today with the winner of last week’s book.  I have another giveaway going on that you might want to check out here.

43 thoughts on “Try it on Tuesday: The Quilt Walk”

  1. I love reading authors that add a crafty component to the mix. Maggie Selfton for knitting, Jennifer Chiaverini so far for quilting – now I have a new author to check out. THANKS!!

  2. Hi from France
    I don’t know this author at all and would liketo read this book. I have begun to read Jennifer Chiaverini’s books and I love them all because there is a part of american people’s history and quilts.
    Have a nice day

  3. Like you I have read many of Sandra Dallas’ books and I have two granddaughters in the perfect age range for this book. I just love reading so picking favorite author is difficult. I have so many books on my Kindle that I’ll have to live to be 120 to finish them all.

  4. I love Debbie Macomber and Jennifer Chiaverini. This book sounds interesting.
    My niece and nephew are both learning to sew, so it sounds like something they would enjoy. Thanks.

  5. Sounds like a great book for us–I’m sure my 10 yo daughter would love it, and it ties into our studies right now–she’s just starting the second year of a 2-year study of American history. I’ll have to check out her other books. I have really enjoyed reading the Debbie Macomber knitting books and the Jennifer Chiaverini Elm Creek Quilts books this summer, but my favorite all time author is still Jane Austen. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. My favorite authors are Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts but love reading everything. I have written down Sandra Dallas as a new author to try. Thanks!

  7. If I’m not working on a quilt I have a book in my hands. I really can not pick a favorite but would love to win this one.

  8. My new favorite author is C J Box. His series about a Wyoming game warden are well written and compelling. I highly recommend starting with “Savage Run,” the first book in the series.

  9. I, too, like Sandra Dallas’s books but have only read a couple–just picked up Alice’s Tulips. Would love to win this one and pass it on to my GD. It is hard to pick a favorite book, I loved so many. But the book that has left such a permanent impression on me is To Kill A Mockingbird.

  10. There are just too many good books – could not pick a favorite author – Have not read any of the this authors books – but sure sounds like a good read . Thanks for the chance to maybe win one.

  11. This sounds like a fun book to share with my grandkids. I would love to win one. I was never an avid reader myself until I got hooked on the Harry Potter series. For some reason, I zipped through those in no time and found a love of reading again. I enjoy the Debbie Macomber books and mostly what I call “light reading”. Thanks for the giveaway and have a great day!

  12. This sounds like an arthur I would like to read. Both hubby and myself are avid readers and it is hard to pick a favorite arthur, but one we both like is Nora Roberts. Hubby is making a trip to the library this afternoon so I asked him to look for any of her books. If I win the book I will donate it to the library when read.

  13. My favorite author at this time is Jess Lourey. I read a LOT and have many favorites. My 9 year old grandaughter, Emily, who loves reading as much as I do, would love this book! She earned the “Bookworm” award in school last year, as she is never without a book to read.

  14. Sounds like a great book. I have a 4th grader who is learning about our Utah state history and the pioneers who traveled west so I think she would enjoy it and if not her than I know I would :). One of my favorite books of all time is, East of Eden, by John Steinbeck.

  15. I have read most of Sandra Dallas’ books…and they are unforgettable…I am currently reading The story of Henrietta Lacks…very informative and touching…and this little book seemsl ike I would like it as well as the little Amish gal neigbors of mine!

  16. I have so many favorite authors, it’s hard to choose just one. They range from L.M. Alcott to J.R.R. Tolkien to Tim Powers. But I have one whole wall of shelves in my sewing room that are just children’s books (one of my favorite catagories) so I would love to win this book.


  17. I have many favorite authors, but recently I have read books from iris Johanson, Jonathan kellerman and Faye kellerman. I had read the Persian pickle club and enjoyed it and will have to check out her other books.

  18. A new-to-me author to check out! Thanks for the review and giveaway. I don’t really have a favorite author, but the most read set of books that I own are the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I have read them well over 100 times, and I still love them, still re-read them, still get all excited with anticipation when a favorite passage is coming….

  19. Thanks for recommending a new author, always enjoyable! Lots of favorites for me, Jane Austen, Diana Gabaldon (guilty pleasure!), Leon Uris, Guy Gavreil Kay just to name a few!

  20. Wow, it’s so hard to pick a favourite author – I’ll read just about anything! I like to re-read books, especially before going to sleep so my go-to books for that are by J.D. Robb (Nora Robers alter-ego), J.K. Rowling, Jean Auel. Thanks for the new recommendation, I’ll check it out!

  21. I have read many of Sandra Dallas books and would love to win this to give to my grand daughter, thanks for the chance.

  22. I have not read any of the Sanrda Dallas books – sound good ! I just finished Alan Bradleys series – Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Fun mysteries! thank you!

  23. I have many favorite authors but one of my favorites with a sewing theme is a mystery series by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. The books are built around a group of women that get together to sew.

  24. I haven’t heard of Sandra Dallas before. I’ll keep an eye out for her books. My favourite books are Jennifer Chiaverini’s Elm Creek Quilts series. I have the whole collection and am waiting for the next one to come out in October.

  25. maureen prendergast

    I absolutely LOVE historical fiction, which is why I’m such a fan of the Jennifer Chiaverini Elm Creek Quilts books. As a child, of course I was hooked on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books for the same reason.
    Like you, I always read to my children each night, and as a teacher, I make a point to read to aloud to my students every day. This book looks like a great title to add to my class library- I think my students would love it.
    Thanks for the chance to discover a new author and win the book!

  26. As a librarian, it is extremely difficult to pick one favorite book or author. To Kill a Mockingbird would have to be the ONE, if I only had to pick one. I love Sandra Dallas, Adriana Triagiani, the poetry and cookbooks of Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Robert Goolrick, Chris Bohjalian. . .I could list books and authors forever!

  27. I, too, am an avid reader and enjoy many different types of literature. Julia Spencer- Fleming and Marie Bostwidk are two of my favorite authors, but there are many more.

  28. I’ve read & enjoyed several of Sandra Dallas’ books – hope I win this one. One of my favorite books is China Court by Rumer Godden. It’s an older title; I kept checking it out over & over again from the library to reread & finally purchased my own copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. My oldest grandniece, just turned 7, would love this book. She is learning to sew on the machine making her first quilt (albeit imperfect but it’s all hers). Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Whoops! I messed up and posted before adding that I like James Patterson books, even those that he is co-authoring of late. “Who dun’its” are my favorite book genre.

  31. Daisy Christopherson

    My favorite author is Debbie Macomber. She is a local author whose autograph I got back in the early 80’s when she was writing for Harlequin. She just gets better and better. She is also a knitter and promotes it in her books and patterns. She also does a lot of charity work with her knitting. Thanks for the chance to win. Daisy

  32. Right now I really like Emilie Richard’s books. They are set in the Shendohah (Sp?) Valley and are quilt themed too. I LOVE her Quilt-along books that accompany the series. But my reading takes to all kinds of genres.

    I have not heard of the the forth mentioned author…. hummm sounds like another request for the library. ;)

    Thanks for allowing me to play…. though I would LOVE To know how to be a book reveiwer also.


  33. I love reading and some of the authors I enjoy are Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber and Jennifer Chiaverini. Sandra Dallas is an author I haven’t read.

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