Do you remember that many questions in English literature exams used to start with this question? Well, I've recently read two novels that have quilt-related themes and the contrast between them has never been clearer.
The first is The New Year's Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. Published late last year, it is a slight novel in the Elm Creek Quilts series. I can't see the value in its publication, except to cash in on the series' success. So much of the story rehashes events and relationships from past novels. The story line makes little progress. Very disappointing.
By contrast, Tumbling Blocks by Earlene Fowler continues the story of Benni Harper and her life in San Celina, California. Although only vaguely quilt-related, the story line does develop and, as always, I enjoyed the tale. Each of this series is named after a traditional quilt block. Recommended.
By the way, Electric Quilt has a series of Benni Harper mystery quilt designs, which teach how to use EQ skills for each block. They look like a fun way of learning.
The question "compare and contrast" also relates to last night's Swans game at Homebush . The Swans played extremely well, while the West Coast Eagles did not. We won by 63 points but the win was marred by a brain snap by one of our forwards, Barry Hall, who is sure to be disqualified from playing for a month or so for a left hook to a West Coast player. If that wasn't enough, he then went on to break his own wrist as he ran into the boundary fence in the last quarter. Aah, footy....