A Quilt for the New Year & Book Giveaway

MargaretBrownley-headerYou’re invited to an old fashioned Quilting Bee.  Look at my quilt below and tell me how you would decorate a patch to add. It can be a picture, a resolution, a wish for the New Year or anything you want it to be.  One lucky “quilter” can choose either a copy of Petticoat Detective or Undercover Bride(Sweepstakes rules apply.)


I’m giving you each a blank patch to add to my quilt. 

What would your patch say or what would it look like?



Someone is killing off the Harvey Girls and undercover Pinkerton detective Katie Madison hopes to find the killer before the killer finds her—or before she burns down the restaurant trying.

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Margaret Brownley
Margaret has published more than 46 books and is a N.Y. Times Bestselling author and two-time Romance Writers of America Rita Finalist. She writes historical novels set--where else?--in the Old West! She has written for a day time soap and is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
Updated: January 2, 2016 — 10:44 am


  1. Hi Margaret! Funny thing this year, I’ve seen a lot of people choose a word for each year, but I’ve not been interested in doing it myself. However, a couple of days ago, I heard a whisper in my ear “Faith”. I can’t shake it from my mind! I think in spite of me not choosing a word, the Lord laid it on my heart. So now I’m going forward with that for 2016! I don’t know what it means, but I’m trusting God to reveal it day by day 🙂
    Therefore I’d love my quilt piece to quote Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” With something like “God laid this word and verse on my heart for 2016 ~FAITH~” Don’t quite know how to word it, but maybe you can tweek it a bit to sound better (my words not the verse)?
    I really love when the Lord gets a hold of my heart in that still small voice, don’t you? 🙂

    1. Trixi, I love that verse and it would make a beautiful addition to any quilt. Faith is a great word to focus on this year and I’m sure God will reveal it in amazing ways. My word (actually phrase) this year is “letting go.” This was the subject of my pastor’s Christmas message and it seem to work for me on so many levels.

      Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

  2. I would like mine to contain a picture of the Grand Canyon and say I am thankful my horse stopped.

    1. Debra, I had to laugh at this one. I can picture the quilt in my mind. Whew! I’m thankful your horse stopped, too!

  3. I would love for my quilt piece to quote Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The background scene could be a sun setting over the ocean.

    I pray you have a blessed weekend and new year! I am starting mine off on Monday in the operating room getting a new knee.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  4. Hi Cindy, your quilt piece is beautiful. I love the quote about the Lord having plans for us.

    Sending prayers (and virtual chocolate) your way. Good luck with your new knee. I pray you’ll soon be dancing!

  5. I would have cats and books on my square – two of my favorite things!

    1. I wouldn’t expect anything else from you, Catslady! I vote for a cranky cat.

  6. I have never made a quilt, but I find them beautiful… such talented people out there… I would want my patch to have a beautiful sunset and a horse in it! 🙂

    1. Colleen, your square sounds lovely. You can’t go wrong with a horse and a sunset.

  7. Well, Margaret, I was a bit jealous that you finished a quilt while I still haven’t gotten mine done! I breathed a heavy sigh when I saw your quilt!( I need to get over myself.)
    My block would say, “Sew much more to come.”
    Happy New Year!

    1. Rosie, Love your “sew” quote! Actually, a paper quilt is about as much as I can handle. I once took a quilting class and was doing just fine until the teacher said, “Okay, now reverse what you just did.” I don’t do reverse. If you give me the instructions to your house, you better give me the instructions back to mine.

      Happy New Year.

      1. Me too Margaret!

  8. I’d like to add a verse to the quilt. Proverb 3:5,6Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. This verse gets my heart. Jenny

    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

  9. I would have a photo of sun setting.

    1. Hi Pearl,
      Speaking of sunsets, I saw one yesterday that would be perfect for our quilt. 🙂

  10. Your talented and this is lovely. What I would love is a beach.

    1. HI Anne, thank you! I’m a beach gal, myself, and would love to see a beach on our quilt.
      Thank you for sharing!

  11. Hi Jennifer, that’s a great verse, and truly belongs on our quilt.

    Happy New Year!

  12. I would put a scene with mountains in the background, cactus and a stagecoach

  13. Hi Joye, sounds like a western scene to me! Love it.

  14. Since I use to make a lot of the Lone Star Quilts I would say my block would contain a star to bring in the new year. Sorry I haven’t quilted in a while. I need to get back to it though.

    1. Ohhh, I love the sound of the Lone Star quilts. Sounds like they’re just right for my new series set in Texas. Maybe 2016 is the year you’ll get back to quilting.

  15. Just to let you all know, the fillies have given me two days to “quilt.” I’ll announce the winner tomorrow after 6 Pacific time.

  16. I am in awe of those that quilt. Pieces of material that are turned into beautiful keepsakes that may be passed down from one generation to the next. My quilt square would simply state, “In this life, if I have brought a smile to one’s face, then I have done something.” I love giving smiles away and in doing so, I hope anyone receiving them feels the love behind them.

    1. Hi Melanie, what a beautiful thought. I can see a big smile on the quilt. I feel the same way as you do, which is why I always try to include humor in my stories. If people smile more the world would be a better place.

  17. I would have log cabin by a small lake in the Rocky Mountains. A canoe drawn up near it and 2 horses grazing in the flower filled meadow. The text: A place for Friends, Love, and Laughter.

    I look forward to reading many more of your delightful books. Have a wonderful 2016.

    1. Hi Patricia, love it. I can picture that in my mind. The text is perfect. Happy new year to you, my friend.

  18. Margaret, I would have a picture of praying hands with the sun rays & the words “love one another”. Enjoy all your books.

    1. Hi Lois, Ohhhhhhhhhhh, love the praying hands and the words are perfect!

  19. I think what I need on my quilt square is “less is more”. I love quilts!

    1. Susan, as I’m faced with the daunting task of cleaning out closets, I think “less is more” is appropriate. The same could be said for my office. I love quilts too, I just can’t make them.

  20. “Believe, for I am with you. Take MY hand.”

    with picture of God’s hand reaching out.

    1. Whitney, that’s beautiful. So much said in so few words.

  21. I would have a picture of my family and then under it a great reminder. “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven”

  22. Cori,I love the idea of adding family to the quilt. I love that verse and wrote about it in my non-fiction book on grief.

  23. Love the monkey with the pistol FUNNY! I would have a photo of snow falling.

    1. Hi Kim, so far you’re the only one who mentioned snow!

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