Welcome Guest Cheryl St. John!!!

SEQUINSandSPURS9780373298433Howdy to all the Fillies and everyone at Wildflower Junction! I always enjoy seeing what everyone’s been up to and learning about all the new books. If you’re thinking there was a stretch of time between my last western romance and now, you’re right. I worked on a few other projects and I took about a year off. Now I’m excited to have a new release to share with you.

Take a sexy cowboy, a spirited wild-haired beauty, horses, kids and an orphan and mix them with betrayal, hope, compassion and a steamy romance, and we have Sequins and Spurs.

My working title for this story was Song of Home, because my heroine, Ruby Dearing, is a singer. I worked in a few songs appropriate to the year, which was fun. Ruby ran away from home at a young age, learned that life on the road wasn’t all that glamorous, and returns to the Nebraska farm where she was born to beg forgiveness of her family. There’s an unexpected flaw in her plan: There’s no one left to forgive her.

Forgiveness and second-chances often play a big part in my stories, and this time it’s about accepting the fact that sometimes forgiveness is not forthcoming. It’s also about being able to forgive oneself.

botanical_album_quiltI happen to love Pinterest. I create an inspiration board for each story, where I keep track of research, likenesses to portray characters, clothing, and visual details of the story. You can see the board for this story here.

Among those pictures you’ll see a vintage quilt. Ruby’s mother had a quilt that reminds Ruby of good times. Ruby learns to make quilt blocks out of old clothing. Recently my husband and I got to see the Homefront and Battlefield Quilts and Context in the Civil War, before it returned to the textile museum in Lowell Pennsylvania, where the display items were sent back to their original locations. It was amazing to gaze upon those hand-sewn pieces of history sewn by wives and mothers of soldiers, some made for their men, others for auctions to raise money for supplies. They are pieces of family history that have become the threads of our nation’s history.

I’m giving away a digital copy of Sequins and Spurs to one person who leaves a reply one of these two questions today:

  1. Is there a quilt in your family that embodies history—or have you made a quilt for family members that will become an heirloom?
  2. What’s the most thought-provoking thing you’ve ever seen in a museum?

Thanks for stopping to chat!

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Cheryl St. John is the award-winning author of fifty Harlequin and Silhouette books, which include historical romance as well as contemporary. In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real life situations.”

Cheryl enjoys hearing from readers. Email her at SaintJohn@aol.com.
Find her online at:
Website: CherylStJohn.net
Blog: From the Heart
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37 Comments

  1. My neighbor gave me and my husband a quilt the Christmas before last. It has cats on it. After we opened it, there was a note to call her (of course I would have anyway). She told me she made it when her children were little and that she considered us to be family, so she wanted us to have it. I have it hanging on a wall because it’s too pretty (and after hearing the history, too old) to use on the bed.

    1. Oh my goodness, what a generous friend. The quilt sounds lovely.

  2. Hi Cheryl, so glad to see you. We sure have missed you. Your book sounds wonderful. I love stories with quilts. Years ago my daughter and I took a quilt making class. All went well until the teacher said, “Okay, reverse everything you just did.”

    That was a problem. I don’t do reverse. I have to sit forward in trains and if you give me directions to your house you better also give me directions back to mine. But I love quilts and have the utmost admiration for anyone who can get those little squares to do what they’re supposed to. As for family heirloom… The unfinished quilt I made has become more of a family joke.

    Take care and come back soon!
    Hugs

    1. Thank you, Margaret!I’m the same way returning from somewhere I’m not familiar. I get turned around and ALWAYS head the wrong way.

  3. I have a quilt made by my great grandmother for my birth. She has since passed on to glory but her quilt is still in my home. My wise mother never used the quilt for anything other than displaying so it has lasted over 40 years. I love the Dutch doll pattern my GG used. I also have one of the quilts she made my father. It is a bit tattered by love and time but still a piece of family history. Thanks for the great reminder about all the love in an heirloom quilt.

    1. I loved your story, Dawn. I was amazed that the quilts I saw in the museum were over 100 years old!

  4. Welcome back to Wildflower Junction, Cheryl! So glad to see a new western out by you! I recently was able to quit my day job and have harbored the hope for years that at long last I would be able to start a quilt. I haven’t yet but I have taken up crocheting again which is so soothing for me. (It was with the hope it would keep me from snacking while I watched TV–but that hasn’t happened!)

    For my own personal heirloom, I have a small crocheted blocked afghan that my mother made when she was expecting me.I have that thrown over my reading chair in my room. I can feel the love in every stitch she took. It is so comforting.

    1. Loved hearing about the afghan your mother made for you. I don’t have a baby one, but I have one my mom made for my bed.

  5. I am a quilter & my mother before me.. The Christmas before my mother passed she made all 7 of her girls (daughters, daughter-in-law, grand-daughters) a quilt. They will be cherished and handed down. I too have made each of my children memory quilts 🙂 I have one an Aunt gave me that her mother made. None are historical quilts but will be memories !

    1. That was a lot of quilts in a year! She was an amazing woman.

  6. Hi Cher – it’s great to see your lovely face back on our site!! We miss you!
    Great idea about the Pinterest boards. I will check yours out. I think the most exciting thing I saw recently in a museum was the Abe Lincoln tribute. I stood in front of his tall black top hat for as long as they allowed. And there were so many other personal items of his, that completely floored me. Your book sounds wonderful. Love the cover too!!

    1. Char, I’ve been to places in Illinois, which is the land of Lincoln. My mom loved Abe. My grandson inherited a bust of Lincoln that was hers.

  7. Nobody in my family quilts. The most interesting thing I saw in a museum is one of the first computers that came out. I thought how the heck did people type on the keyboard when it was so compacted. Also some of the tools used by early settlers makes you think how they did not hack off a foot or hand with some of the tools they first used.

  8. Great post! My mother in law is known for her quilts and has made our family 6 so far. Each kid has one and they will for sure keep them and pass them down. I love quilts!

    1. I love quilts, too. There’s a store in the Amana Colonies that I can spend hours in.

  9. Hi Miss Cheryl!! Wow, lady, it’s been a while. So great to have my Filly sister return for a visit! I know you’re no longer a Filly but my heart doesn’t accept it. Congratulations on the new release! I love Sequins and Spurs! It’s one of those books that linger in your mind long after you finish. I love how you wove Ruby’s mother’s quilt into this heartwarming story. It just added another layer of depth.

    Wishing you tons and tons of success, dear friend!

    1. Hugs to you, my dear friend. Thanks for the huge compliment on the story. Glad we touch base often. xoxo

  10. I still have a quilt that was given to my mother when I was born. I even have some knitted blankets too.

  11. I have made several quilts in the past for family members. I have my mothers old quilt that was on her bed but is in bad shape. I have a few put up that I made. My beds all have quilts on them that I made and I have my son’s baby quilt put up that my sister made and he is 26 years old now. I am going to try and get back into quilting this winter, haven’t done it in a while. I can’t seem to do it like I use to arthritis is getting the best of me I think.

    1. Darned old arthritis, anyhow. Sending you hugs, sweetie.

  12. Hi Cher, oh, welcome back hugely! We miss you and it’s always such fun to see you around the web and learn about your books. Congrats on Sequins and Spurs. I can’t wait to dig in. I do love your Pinterest boards. As for quilts, I have a wonderful double-wedding ring quilttop my great-grandma switched up about eighty years ago, all by hand. My mom recognizes some of the pieces from her childhood dresses. I don’t know quilting, but some year (and I better hurry up—this has been a goal for about 30 years now) I hope to find some antique muslin a find a quilting group willing to stuff the quilt and and stitch around all those rings. Hubs’ aunt had a quilting frame all over her living room but she’s long gone. Hope I didn’t miss my chance. Hugs to you and mega-success on the new book! xoxo

    1. I love watching your boards on Pinterest, too, my friend. Loved hearing about your heirloom. xoxo

  13. I have my late husbands “camping quilt” that his mother made him when he was a little boy. It is made of red fabric with cowboys and horses on it and my son used it when he was little. Now my grandsons are using the “camping quilt” and know the story of its origins.

    1. What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I’ve got 2 quilts that I will pass down to my kids and hopefully down to their grand kids. Each was made by one of my grandmothers. I helped my grandmother knot one of the quilts many, many moons ago.

    1. What a blessing. Those are special, for sure.

  15. Cheryl that quilt is gorgeous! What a moving exhibit that must have been. We have several old quilts but the two with the oldest history are one that my husband’s grandmother and aunt decorated with cross-stitch and quilted by hand (almost 70 years ago) and one that his other grandmother made from scraps of fabric from old pieces of clothing (about 60 years old).

    Don’t enter me in the drawing. As soon as I read this … “There’s an unexpected flaw in her plan: There’s no one left to forgive her.” … I downloaded the book 🙂

    1. Hugs and thanks, Nancy! maybe you’re reading as I’m typing. 🙂 Let me know how you like the story!

  16. I took a quilting class and have a few Christmas decorations to show for it. I have patterns and most of what you need to make a quilt, but haven’t found the time or the desire to start one.
    My paternal grandmother made quilts. They were pretty basic, large square blocks connected and tacked. They were made with scrap ferric from the shirt factory where she worked. She also made some with the blocks embroidered. I have a few of the block quilts and one baby quilt which is embroidered.
    I have a quilt I bought at an auction. It has three narrow rows 3 wide of 2 or 3 inch square blocks which appear to be from dresses and shirts. It appears plain until you look at it closely. Fine even stitching covers the quilt with beautiful white work.
    I have a friend who is an excellent quilter and specializes in wall hangings.

    1. A shirt factory. I think there’s a story in there. 🙂

      1. For a family without much and 7 children, I am sure it made a difference for them. She had a garden, canned, and baked. She made the play furniture for my aunt, the only girl, and decorated it all with painted designs. She was a very self-sufficient and tough lady. She did all her own house and yard work well into her late eighties. She was never sick. Her heart just stopped while she was talking to someone.

  17. My grandmother belonged to a quilting group connected to her church. They made full-size signature quilts, get well quilts and an assortment of individual quilts for families of members of the church who died, or for individuals who were house bound with illness. My favorites were those made from clothing that I recognized that had been worn by members of the family–they were crazy quilts (waste not, want not) for all the beds in the house and a pile for the linen closet. As kids we used to sprall on them and tell stories to each other about who wore them and when and at other times show each other which pieces we liked best that particular day. They were all handsewn–no machines. I can remember a large quilt frame sitting in the backyard on a sunny day when the group assembled. Some members actually brought the huge frames and others brought lap frames because it was really important to keep their work straight. They would actually pick out the stitches they didn’t like and do them over again. They certainly set good examples for us with their industry (while enjoying each others company) and their care and enjoyment of
    what they did.

  18. I am so glad you are back. My husband and I received 2 quilts when we married. They never fail to bring back the earlier memories of young love.

  19. Enjoyed my book very much and it is on my list of read it again, as are a kindle full of Cheryl St.John. Have paperback copies saved also. Now qulits are wonderful. I’ve made a few. Very few. They are so time consuming, but I love a quilt the warmth and the lood of them.

  20. Love quilts! Even have a quilt top that I put together but have never finished. Maybe this will inspire me to finish it!

  21. Unfortunately, I don’t have any relatives that were quilters. My husband and I did receive a handmade comforter as a wedding gift. It’s nice and I still have it. However, it’s definitely not as intricately made as a patterned quilt.

    Museums- memorable dinosaur bone displays featuring the huge, full sized woolly mammoth and T-Rex (Gainesville, FL and Milwaukee, WI and Madison, WI)

    a piece of the Russian rocket, SPUTNIK, plus a tour through a 1800’s mansion. The handmade dollhouse was amazing. (Manitowoc, WI).

    Edison’s first light bulb and all of his inventions (Fort Myers, FL.)

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