New Release Feature: Rhonda Cratty’s Our 12 Quilts, plus Q&A!

Hi, readers! We have a real treat in store for you today, a new release by Rhonda Cratty, a talented author! 
Congratulations on your latest book! We wish you lots of success with it. :) 

Let's check out the details, shall we?

Here is the blurb for Our 12 Quilts, book two of the Fabric of Life Series.

When Jana’s life turns upside down, Gram travels halfway around the world and back, to bring her home. Living over Helen’s Quilt shop, she heals, learns to quilt, and becomes part of Summit, Colorado. As a Master quilter, Helen shares her life, friends, and creative gifts with Jana. During their quilting moments, the bond between Helen and Jana deepens, as their personal, professional, and quilting goals develop and change. With Helen’s guidance, imagination, time, and wisdom, Jana masters quilting; as well as learning to adapt amid the constant challenges and changes of life. A heartwarming, contemporary novel filled with ideas for living creatively as well as insightful peeks into a quilting family.

Release Date:  June 4, 2020
Genre:  Contemporary, Family Life, Women's Fiction, Creativity, Quilting
Sounds like an inspiring read here!  

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Here is an an excerpt...

Twenty minutes later, showered, pajamas on, teeth brushed I was sitting side by side with Gram. “Okay, I got all my blocks done for my nine-patch quilt. Now, what do I do?”
“If you want just a nine-patch quilt, you will sew the nine patch squares together. Or you can make a disappearing nine patch.” Gram said as she worked sewing down the binding on Christmas place mats she was making as gifts.
“What is a disappearing nine patch?” I was spreading my nine patch blocks out on the floor trying to find a pattern I liked them in.
“You would take each of your nine patch quilt blocks and slice each in half twice to create four smaller units.” Gram got down on the floor and demonstrated by using her hand to draw an imaginary line down the middle of a block and then across the middle of a block.
Sitting back, I looked at my blocks. “So I would now cut them into four equal parts then sew those together.” 
“Correct!” Gram also sat back, “then you would arrange them in various ways to create your desired layout.”
“Like a puzzle.” I jumped up, “wait right there.” 

Of course, as I was writing about Jana learning to quilt a nine-patch, I had to learn too!  -Rhonda


What people are saying about this book...


"Fast read. The grandmother Helen and granddaughter Jana develop a wonderful relationship through quilting. Ending is unexpected--but fun."
— Dale66, Amazon

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the history of the Summit area, the details when describing a pattern AND the story line. The book was very engaging and I couldn't wait to see what happened next.Some parts kept me in suspense and not always the outcome I anticipated, which made it even better. I loved the family involvement in the store(s) AND in the community. Helen and Grace are pillars of the community, and loved and cherished by all."
— Diana B, Amazon
"What a great story. I hope there will be many more with Audrey & Jane's kids. The detail & story was fantastic."
— Sharon Collins, Amazon
"The story is well written and keeps to the timeline established in book one. While creating a new story from a different perspective."
— Kindle Customer, Amazon

Wow, looks intriguing! ;)


Let's chat with the author for a bit...


Rhonda, it's wonderful to have you here on Writing in the Modern Age again! Glad you could stop by!

Can you tell us a little bit about your background? When did your first book come out and where can we get it?

I live in Colorado with my husband and Molly, our happy little Cavalier. In addition to Our 12 Quilts, I am the author of Our Family Quilt and Learning at Home. For more information and musings, check out



A lot of readers love origin stories. What inspired you to start writing? didn't know how to quilt when I started to write Our Family Quilt

I began researching quilting as an art form in America. The characters evolved through quilting classes, quilting shows, museums, shops, guilds, and encouraging quilters. Each experience inspired me to add a different dimension to both my quilting and writing. After the release of Our Family Quilt (The Fabric of Life Book 1), I had readers contact me asking about Jana and Helen’s story. When I started to write about Jana and Helen, I knew I wanted the reader to also read about Grace, Audrey, and the other characters living in Summit. This time from Jana and Helen’s life. Their story became my new book: Our 12 Quilts.

Wonderful! I love how the muse works.


Let's try something else.


How did you come to write about quilting?


I was a teacher for over 25 years writing over 900 articles as Examiner’s Teaching and Parenting writer. I also wrote teaching and parenting articles for local papers. I had a lot of experience writing. When I retired from teaching, I knew I wanted to write a book that could be read across generations. I wanted it to interest grandmothers, mothers and grandchildren. I went to a friend, who I knew quilted, and asked if she could give me enough information to put into my book. She smiled and told me she could do one better, she took me to a class.  

I fell in love with the process, the colors and texture of the fabric, the complexity of the patterns, the needle became my pen and the thread my ink. It became my inspiration. The act of quilting feeds my writing, writing feeds my quilting.



Well, the decision you made certainly appears to agree with you! I say do whatever makes you happy. 


So, let's try another route in this line of questioning.


What do you feel sets Our 12 Quilts apart from other books in the genre?

The book itself is something a grandmother can read with a granddaughter, mother, aunt, and friend, it is generational. Within Our 12 Quilts is enough information to be inspired to create several projects. It’s a heartwarming, contemporary novel filled with ideas for living creatively as well as insightful peeks into a Colorado quilting family.



Thanks for visiting us, Rhonda! Love the premise of your book!

Get your copy of this contemporary novel today, readers! :)

About the Author:

My husband, pup, and I enjoy the mountains, walking, hiking, biking, traveling and cross-country skiing. 
I enjoy writing, quilting, crocheting, cooking, reading and painting.

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