Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Homestead Brides Blog Tour ~ Erica Vetsch

Erica here: The Homestead Brides Collection blog tour is in full swing! Yay! I hope you've had a chance to enter the giveaway drawing. If not, what are you waiting for? :)

I am very excited about this collection for many reasons, not the least of which because it represents my first new fiction to release in quite awhile.

My story, A Palace on the Plains, is about a traveling seamstress. My heroine, Julia's, most prized possession is her sewing machine. Not only is it the result of her saving and planning, but it also represents her livelihood and future.

I love old sewing machines. The cabinetry, the metalwork, the treadle. I would love to have an old sewing machine as a display piece. My mother has a couple of small table/chests made from the drawers and cover of an old Singer sewing machine table. I just love them.

 I cannot imagine all the sewing that was done by hand before sewing machines became commonplace. Not only all the household linens, but nightwear, underclothes, enormously complicated dresses, and formal wear. Hours of tedious work, needle and thread, thimble and pins.

I prefer my Simplicity sewing machine, thank you very much. While my heroine, Julia, sews wedding attire, my current project is making rag quilts. I've been cutting, sewing, and clipping flannel squares into an adorable baby quilt.

I am almost finished with the clipping so I can throw the whole thing into the washing machine and dryer so it can 'rag up.' Hopefully, I will have a blog post later this month showing my process and results. For now, here's where it stands. (Jaime, I took your advice and started with the blue and yellow. :) )

Do you enjoy sewing? I didn't always, but I do now. :)

Join us tomorrow on the blog hop when we visit Pam Hillman's blog! And don't forget to join in the giveaway, and don't forget to tell your friends! 


  1. My DIL has made a couple rag quilts for babies in the family, but I've never tried them. Just recently I acquired a beautiful quilt made entirely by hand by my aunt who passed away last month. It's a real treasure (as she was, too) and I'm in awe of the time and effort that must have gone into its making. My grandmother's old Singer treadle machine resides in the living room of one of daughters and is a reminder of a lifestyle few of us could imagine if it weren't for historical novels such as THB Collection. I'm a sucker for homesteading stories so I'm anxious to get my hands on a copy. :)

  2. I remember my grandmother's treadle sewing machine always occupying a place of honor in her dining room. It now occupies a similar spot in our breakfast nook.


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