Circle of Quilters: Reading Group Guide
1. As we meet each of the five quilters, we learn all about how each was introduced to quilting. What is your story? Share with the group how you came to quilting.
2. Karen Wise hopes that her considerable experience as an "amateur" quilter will translate into qualifications enough to land her one of the two spots. But her husband's lack of interest in her dream strains their marriage, and threatens to sabotage her bid. Have you ever gone after a dream or made a decision where you didn't have the full support of family or friends? How have you handled their lack of support? How did it turn out in the end? Or on the other side of the spectrum, have you ever withheld support because you thought a family member or friend was making a wrong decision?
3. Maggie Flynn has come to quilting almost by chance, after a bedraggled quilt, bought at a garage sale for five dollars, turns out to be an important artifact, with a colorful history stretching back more than a century and across the continent. Tell a story about a quilt you have or that you've made that has a real history or story behind it.
4. Russ McIntyre - the only man among the five finalists - first took up quilting as a means of mourning his quilter wife who had lost her battle with cancer. Largely self-taught, Russ sidesteps many of the traditions of the craft, but his wholly original designs have won him fame. How does this combination of