Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode Ten

Welcome to the Quiltfiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading an abridged version of Chapter Nine of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. Entitled "The Gardens of Memory," in this chapter Aunt Jane discusses her philosophy of the garden. This is the last episode of the season. Thanks so much for listening!

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Published: May 22, 2020, 7 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode 9

Welcome to the Quilt Fiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading the second half of Chapter Eight of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. Entitled "Mary Andrews' Dinner Party," this is the story of how a woman takes revenge on her miserly husband.    

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Published: May 15, 2020, 8 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode 8

Welcome to the Quiltfiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading the first half of Chapter Eight of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. Entitled "Mary Andrews' Dinner Party," this is the story of how a woman takes revenge on her miserly husband.

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Published: May 8, 2020, 7 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode Seven

Welcome to the Quiltfiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading Chapter Seven of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. Entitled “How Sam Amos Rode in the Tournament” this is the story of the time Sam Amos thought he might win a blue ribbon riding in a horse show--until his horse kept going!

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Published: May 1, 2020, 7 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode Six

Welcome to the Quiltfiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading Chapter Six of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. Entitled “The Baptizing at Kittle Creek” this is the story of how some husbands and wives are destined (predestined?) to spend their marriages arguing about religion.

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Published: April 24, 2020, 1:40 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode Five

Welcome to the Quiltfiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading Chapter Five of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. Entitled “Milly Baker's Boy” this is the story of how a woman raises her son to be a great man, in spite of difficult circumstances.

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Published: April 17, 2020, 9 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode Four

Welcome to the Quiltfiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading Chapter Four of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. Entitled “Sweet Day of Rest," this is the story of the day Milly Amos came to church and refused to sing.

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Published: April 10, 2020, 7 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky -- Episode Three

In "Aunt Jane's Album," Aunt Jane is giving her quilts an airing out and remembering the time Sarah Jane Mitchell finally won a blue ribbon at the County Fair.

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Published: April 3, 2020, 4:10 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky -- Chapter Three

In "Aunt Jane's Album," Aunt Jane is giving her quilts an airing out and remembering the time Sarah Jane Mitchell finally won a blue ribbon at the County Fair.

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Published: April 3, 2020, 4:10 a.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode Two

Welcome to the Quiltfiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading Chapter Two of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. In this chapter, “The New Organ,” Aunt Jane tells the story of the time the ladies of Goshen Church raise enough money to buy an organ and how the voice of one of their choir members, Uncle Jim Matthews, proves to be a trial and tribulation to the members of their congregation and beyond.

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Published: March 27, 2020, 6:33 p.m.

Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode One

Hello and welcome to Season Two of the Quilt Fiction podcast. In this season, I'll be reading Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. First published in 1907 and set in rural western Kentucky in the late nineteenth century, the book recounts an elderly quilt-maker Aunt Jane’s memories of life in the rural south as told to an unnamed younger woman visitor. The book was hugely popular in its time, reaching over a million readers, and President Theodore Roosevelt was one of Aunt Jane’s biggest fans. Because I wanted to get this season up and going, I recorded it under slightly more relaxed standards that Season One. If you hear anybody snoring during the recording, rest assured it’s my dog Travis, who is almost always at my side. Occasionally I stumble over a word, but I just kept going. I hope you don’t mind! I hope you enjoy today’s episode, “Sally Ann’s Experience.” This is a story about the ladies of Goshen church, and in particular, it’s about Sally Ann, who decides it’s finally time to tell the men of the church a thing or two about their shortcomings. I hope you enjoy this funny story of one woman speaking her mind!

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Published: March 23, 2020, 7:51 p.m.

Dresden Plate (Florence 1930): A Friendship Album Story

In this special episode of the Quiltfiction Podcast, Florence Grangerfield searches for the Christmas spirit in a church soup kitchen. 

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Published: Dec. 20, 2019, noon

Turkey in the Straw, Bess 1925: A Friendship Album Story

"Turkey in the Straw: Bess, 1925 (A Friendship Album Story)" finds Bess Wilcox preparing for a simple Thanksgiving dinner when the guest list begins to grow exponentially. As a modern woman, she feels she should be able to handle preparing a feast for a large gathering of friends, family and neighbors all by herself. Her new housekeeper, Dorothy Johnson, has her doubts. To listen to "Friendship Album, 1933" and other quilting stories, please visit: QuiltFiction.com Other Quilting Books by Frances O'Roark Dowell Birds in the Air BUY AT AMAZON BUY AT BARNES & NOBLE BUY AT INDIEBOUND Margaret Goes Modern: Quilting Stories Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Indiebound Buy at Barnes & Noble  

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Published: Nov. 25, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Picnic Basket, 1902 (A Friendship Album Story)

Eighteen-year-old Eula Jean Rhodes is widely regarded as one of the best quilters and cooks in her small farming community of Homerville, Ohio. While some wonder when Eula will marry, Eula wonders who would be interested — and she's not sure if she cares. Life at home with her rambunctious brothers, fun-loving sisters and understanding mother is comfortable and comforting. But when she meets Dan Baker, a farmer with an eye for quilts, she begins to wonder if she might be ready to make a home of her own.

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Published: Oct. 25, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 39

In the final chapter of the novel, Emmeline is in for a big surprise at the quilt show.

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Published: April 26, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 38

Dorothy recalls a revealing conversation with Emmeline as she gets ready for guests.

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Published: April 19, 2019, 5:18 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 37

Florence recalls the first time Arthur proposed and the couple ponders a potential future together.

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Published: April 12, 2019, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 36

The Wednesday bee expands as Bess ponders whether the time has come for a new beginning.

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Published: April 5, 2019, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 35

Eula passes down kitchen advice to her new daughter-in-law and finally gets the news she's been waiting for.

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Published: March 29, 2019, 4:13 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 34

Emmeline receives an unexpected offer while mulling over the latest news from Florence.

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Published: March 22, 2019, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 33

Dorothy tries to keep her temper around her stubborn son-in-law -- and discovers an unlikely ally in the process.

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Published: March 15, 2019, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 32

Florence tries her hand at pie-making and makes an unlikely ally in the process.

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Published: March 8, 2019, 5:25 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 31

Father Joe makes Bess an offer she may not be able to refuse.

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Published: March 1, 2019, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 30

Eula gets a visit from an old friend and wonders if her farm dreams will ever come true.

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Published: Feb. 15, 2019, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 29

Emmeline travels to her hometown to meet her quilting idol.

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Published: Feb. 8, 2019, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933, Episode 28

Dorothy, worried about what the future holds for her family, opens the door to an unexpected visitor.

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Published: Feb. 1, 2019, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 27

Florence finally catches up on her stitching in a hotel room in Emporia, Kansas, as she dreams of her business back in Milton Falls.

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Published: Jan. 25, 2019, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 26

Bess makes a formidable new friend.

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Published: Jan. 18, 2019, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 25

Eula learns the fate of her Sears Contest quilt.

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Published: Jan. 11, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

Bonus Episode: A Friendship Album Christmas, 1932

When Emmeline Grangerfield sets out to make Christmas merry and bright for a group of orphans, things quickly spiral out of control. Will help arrive in time to revive her holiday spirit? It will be up to the quilters of Depression-era Milton Falls, Ohio, to find time for the true meaning of Christmas during the busiest season of the year. In this short story prequel, Frances O’Roark Dowell visits two of the five women who come together to form an improbable quilting circle in her historical novel, Friendship Album, 1933 — which is currently being released as an audiocast one chapter at a time on The QuiltFiction Podcast. Frances O’Roark Dowell is critically-acclaimed author of more than twenty “beloved books for tweens and teenagers” (New York Times Sunday Book Review). In 2016, she founded a small publishing company dedicated to telling the stories of women who quilt. Join her online at QuiltFiction.com.

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Published: Dec. 22, 2018, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 24

Emmeline learns the fate of her Sears Contest quilt and hatches a new plan to put her back on the path to quilting fame and fortune.

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Published: Dec. 21, 2018, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 23

Dorothy's heart is heavy as she prepares to send her grandchildren to Chicago.

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Published: Dec. 14, 2018, 5:04 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 22

Florence gets an unexpected proposal, while Eula and Emmeline are reeling from some stunning news.

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Published: Dec. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 21

Bess fends of rumors about a possible romance with Joe Mayfield.

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Published: Nov. 30, 2018, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 20

Eula gets a surprise visitor and teaches her first quilting class.

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Published: Nov. 16, 2018, 5:21 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 19

Emmeline takes a trip down memory lane to a less happy time.

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Published: Nov. 9, 2018, 5 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 18

Dorothy quarrels with Emmeline, only to regret her sharp words.

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Published: Nov. 2, 2018, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 17

Florence's new business is booming, and Emmeline seems intent on playing matchmaker, much to her sister-in-law's dismay.

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Published: Oct. 26, 2018, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 16

Father Mayfield makes an offer Bess may not be able to refuse.

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Published: Oct. 19, 2018, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 15

Eula considers how she might earn enough money to get her family back on the farm, and the bee members give updates on their Sears Contest quilts.

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Published: Oct. 13, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 14

Emmeline imagines her life as a famous quilt columnist and plays matchmaker for Florence.

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Published: Oct. 5, 2018, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 13

Dorothy gets some much-needed alone time on her walk to work and comes up with a plan to lure Hannah back to Milton Falls.

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Published: Sept. 28, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 12

Florence gets some help in the kitchen from Arthur, and the members of the bee grow closer as they reveal more about their lives to one another.

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Published: Sept. 21, 2018, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 11

Bess eagerly awaits news of the birth of her first grandchild and worries about Helen, who brings home an unexpected guest in the middle of the day.

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Published: Sept. 14, 2018, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 10

Eula dreams of going back to the farm, Dorothy worries about about her family, and a reformed Emmeline auditions her latest quilting column with the Bee.

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Published: Sept. 7, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 9

Dorothy intercepts a letter for Hannah, and Emmeline makes a startling confession. Episode 9 includes an update by the author and a special offer.

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Published: Aug. 3, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 8

Bess meets St. Luke's attractive new rector while Florence makes business plans. 

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Published: July 27, 2018, 4:15 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 7

Emmeline publishes a misguided quilt column and Eula tries to make her niece feel at home.

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Published: July 20, 2018, 4:01 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 6

Florence takes a ride and thinks about what might have been, while Dorothy adjusts to life with grandchildren.

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Published: July 13, 2018, 4 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 5

Eula gets some news that has her redecorating a bedroom and designing a new quilt. Meanwhile, Bess learns that she'll need to come up with some money fast if she doesn't want to sell her beloved home.

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Published: July 6, 2018, 4:05 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 4

Dorothy and her own family troubles take center stage; Emmeline does research for her role as Emma Brown, but how will she ever come up with a wardrobe of last year's fashions?

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Published: June 29, 2018, 4:01 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 3

Our five quilters play well together as they all gather for the first time; Florence plans for guests but is interrupted by a knock at the door.

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Published: June 22, 2018, 4:01 a.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 2

Eula prepares for guests in her new home; Emmeline hatches a plan to revive her quilting column; Dorothy is dragged to the first meeting of the bee, but isn’t convinced she’ll be warmly received.

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Published: June 15, 2018, 4 p.m.

Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 1

Eula, forced off the family farm by hard times, ventures into the imposing Milton Falls Library to post a notice; Bess, a widow of one year, joins the town's newest quilting circle to avoid altar guild duty; 27-year-old Florence takes a step to escape her life as a bored socialite.

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Published: June 6, 2018, 3:11 a.m.

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