The first time was with Brian―a lean, longhaired, British bass player. I actually have never read fiction that is so "true" and so affirming and so exactly understanding humans- women especially. I think fiction is generally a diversion, sometimes a bit of wisdom is thrown in. Gayla’s world starts spinning out of control with a combination of sadness, anger, fear and loathing. It is through both Dan and Drew, that Gayla meets Ivy, who invites her to join the infamous and caring “Cobbled Court Quilt Circle”.
Somehow, she opens her Husband, Brian’s files instead of her own and discovers a memo he ha“Wishing We Could Patch Hearts as Well as Quilts”Wife, Mother of grown twins, and Educational Consultant, Gayla Oliver is up to her armpits coping with the Mothers of high school seniors who have unrealistic expectations.
They are all part of a quilting circle and their exchanges over crafts remind me of the precious moments I've spent crocheting with my best friend and with my sisters.
I'm not interested enough in any of them, except for maybe one, to read any of the other books.
But she begins to focus her pain into trying new things. Gayla tries a disastrous attempt at Zumba, tills up a large spot for a garden, is embraced by the quilt circle and tackles a crazy quilt project.
With the help and guidance of her new quilting friends, Gayla is able to begin healing and find hope for her future. On Friday nights Evelyn, Ivy, Virginia and a few other women meet to supposedly sew quilts.