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The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club (The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,654 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews
Join the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping han ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 01, 2012 Loretta rated it it was ok
I avoid Amish fiction, and yet I let myself get sucked into checking this one out because the cover intrigued me. An Amish fiction book that does not feature a young, pretty Amish girl gazing plaintively across rolling fields? Do tell.

Well, Half-stitched is certainly an appropriate description for the book and it reminded me of one of the biggest reasons I avoid Amish fiction...the writers often coast on the popularity of the genre rather than actually doing the crazy task of writing a good book
April Wood
Aug 27, 2013 April Wood rated it really liked it
Six loose threads and an Amish widow come together when a woman loses her husband and decides to teach a quilting class to make a little extra money as to not feel like a burden to her family. The group of people couldn't possibly be anymore opposite... but does God have a greater purpose for this group other than to learn how to quilt?

There is Star, birth name Beatrice, she hides behind a black hoodie and dreams of one day being a star. Star's life at home is rough, and she is mistrustful of me
Jun 19, 2012 Melissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club-picks
The only reason I finished this book is because we will be discussing it for book club and I wanted to give it a full chance to redeem itself.
There was zero character depth. They all bled together into the author's voice rather than having their own language and personality. (Honestly, what dark and very angry teenage girl calls her father a "mangy cur" and is extremely polite to others?) It was unbelievably ridiculous.
And the extent of the Amish perspective of the book was limited to things lik
Jul 22, 2012 Leslie rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book - I really did. I love the premise, and thought that it would be like my beloved Yada Yada Prayer Group series. Alas, it wasn't. The writing was stilted, and the author seemed out of touch with how young people speak. I finally set it aside without finishing it after reading about Pam bemoaning her "spoiled blouse". No thirty-something housewife I know talks like that. I couldn't suspend disbelief any longer & couldn't justify the time spent reading it.

I will confe
May 11, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
I checked this out because it looked like it might be a good book with a humorous twist. It wasn't really very humorous but it was an ok book.

There are several characters and you get to read parts of each chapter from each of the characters veiwpoint. Even with knowing there viewpoints, none of the characters really struck home with me, they just all came off as complainers.

Emma is the Amish widow who starts a weekly quilting class to raise money so she won't be a burdon on her family. She is a
Apr 13, 2012 Calisto rated it did not like it
The first "Christian Fiction" book I read was by mistake. Once I realized what I had, my expectations (unfairly) lowered. Now, even though that book didn't work for me in terms of editing (unnecessarily choppy), I was blown away by the intensity and overall storytelling. Which led me to request another Barbour book. This time, I knew exactly what I was getting into and my expectations were very high.

The cover won me over. I'm not a fan of Amish books or quilting, but I love the idea of misfits t
Florence Millo
May 25, 2013 Florence Millo rated it did not like it
I just couldn't finish this book. The characters were stereotypes and the plot was contrived and unbelievable.
Jul 02, 2014 Melinda rated it it was amazing
It was so nice to finally read a book that doesn't talk about sex and every other word is cussing. I really enjoyed reading this book. The cover is what caught my eye. The story of an Amish woman Emma decides to make some extra money so she doesn't feel like a burden on her family since her husband Ivan passed away. She decides to give quilting classes. By doing so she comes across a diverse group of characters who are taking the class for various reasons. Star a young girl who was given classes ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
After the death of her husband Amish widow, Emma Yoder has become quite dependent on her family to help make ends meet financially. To ease some of that burden she decides to start teaching a quilting class. She posts notices and puts an ad in the local newspaper. She is very surprised as the students show up for their first class.

A young widower with his infant daughter is hoping to find someone to finish a quilt his wife started for their daughter before she died.

A couple in marriage counselin
May 07, 2012 Jodie rated it really liked it
Emma comes up with a plan to host a six week quilting class in order to help supplement her income. When her students show up to the first class, she begins to wonder what she got herself in to. A unhappily married couple, an out of jail biker, a widowed father, a pastor's wife, and a very troubled young lady make for a very unusual quilting class.

I just love reading Wanda E. Brunstetter books. Whenever I begin one of her books, I just know it's going to be a sweet, easy read. And this one certa
Julie Barrett
Jan 14, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Emma hopes to share her love of quilting as she teaches strangers how to quilt.
Since her husband had passed away over a year ago, her daughter and all the
children had sent money back home to help with the finances. Emma hoped to supplement
the income by selling her quilting items. She placed an ad around town and got
one that wanted to learn. She outlined what she'd need to teach them.
The way the author introduces the people who will be
Jul 28, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
Honestly, I wouldn't have rated this one all that highly; the writing could have been a little better, etc., but the characters and their stories have stuck in my mind more completely than some better written works have done. When Emma Yoder decided to earn a little extra money by giving a quilting class, she never expected the motly crew that signed up for it. From the couple on the verge of divorce, to the rebellious teenager, to the tattooed biker, to the black preacher's wife, to the single ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Skari rated it did not like it
Well, this was a Godawful book. I was looking for an easy, cozy read, but not one whose plots made me want to throw the book into the nearest bonfire. The big reveal three-fourths into the book? Come on now, that's just lazy. Now, don't get me wrong, I like the occasional Hallmark movie that I know the plot of before I even turn the movie on, but the characters here were just insultingly stupid and Star and Jan, the most 'hardened' of the characters, rang so false it made my teeth hurt. There we ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Arlene rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
I needed a soothing book after reading Lords of Discipline and this book fit the bill. There are three books in this series and I checked them all out from the library. A sweet story of an Amish widow who teaches a quilting class to an unlikely group of students.
Nancy Replogle
Jun 19, 2015 Nancy Replogle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved it
A feel good story about how God can change our lives and how he works in mysterious ways.
Cherry Griffith
Jan 19, 2016 Cherry Griffith rated it it was ok
Conversations between characters was horrible. (The biker talked just like the amish woman.)
Sandra Stiles
Jul 15, 2015 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, amish
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

When we think of quilting classes we think of several things. First, we may think of the Amish who are well known for their beautiful hand-stitched quilts. We may also think of a group of ladies, and occasionally a few men taking a class to learn how to make a quilt. Never, until I read this book would I have thought of a group of quilters like Wanda Brunstetter has assembled in this book. This quilting class is a
Kari Sommers
May 26, 2015 Kari Sommers rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-in-2015
This is way, way outside my normal reading interests. However, my husband now works for a hospitality company that is staging a musical adaptation of the book, and we are going to see it Monday. And book-before-movie also translates to book-before-staged-musical-adaptation.
The story is interesting enough to lend itself to the stage. A widowed Amish woman starts a quilting class to make some money, and an assortment of misfits signs up. She teaches them to quilt and to deal with the problems life
Molly Cline
This was book 1 of a new series I didn't exactly know what to expect when I first started listening to it. But I was very pleasantly surprised. Out of need to support herself an Amish woman invites people to learn to quilt. And to her amazement she gets an assortment of students from men to women to single to married. All dealing with different life issues but with God's guidance she's able to not only guide them along the quilt road but makes special friends for life.

This was a very special bo
Sep 30, 2014 Christy rated it it was amazing
I read this book after my Mom continuously told me how much she enjoyed. We're both avid book readers, so.... I decided I'd give in and try this book. I'm glad I did. It's a short, quick, very uplifting read. Widow Emma Yoder decides to teach a six-week quilting class. Tell me..... what do these six people have in common (an Amish widow, a troubled young woman, a tough biker, a ministers wife, and a troubled married couple have in common?) Issues. I know, I know, we all have issues and problems. ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Bam rated it liked it
A pleasant, heart-warming story about an elderly Amish woman named Emma Yoder from Shipshewana, IN, who decides to hold quilting classes in her home to earn extra money after her husband's death. Her first six students (three men, three women) are 'half-stitched'--they reveal quickly that they have some serious problems in their lives. Over the course of the six-week class, these issues are worked out through friendship, wisdom and faith--one of those 'God-works-in-mysterious-ways' kind of thing ...more
Trudy E
Oct 03, 2012 Trudy E rated it it was ok
I am not a huge fan of alot of dialogue in the books I read, and this had more than I'd have liked to see. I found it interesting that the story took place in an area I became familiar with as my daughter attended college in Mishawaka. I wondered about some things that I found may not have been likely for Emma's character to know.... like how much light might be needed to take the "class photo". This is my first book for this author.
Ellie Zumbach
Dec 19, 2015 Ellie Zumbach rated it liked it
I went through an Amish fiction phase in middle school when my pastor's wife donated a bunch of books to my older sister. These were all melty and mushy but good-hearted (and somewhat delicious with all the recipes hidden in the back ) and I read a bunch before finding my way into novels about darker things like werewolves and vampires. Yes, I went through one of those phases, too. While the voice of the characters were somewhat bland and ran together, I think this story can teach a good lesson ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Jennie rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series that I have read even though it is the first book in the series. The premise is the same in all three books. An Amish lady teaches a quilting class and six people show up. Each has problems that are discussed each week and everyone seems happier in the end. In this book as well as The Tattered Quilt there is a surprise that I did not see coming. Star is a young girl who is unhappy. She and her mother do not get along and she does not like any of her mother's ...more
Victoria Brown
Mar 13, 2014 Victoria Brown rated it liked it
I actually read the second book in this series was looking forward to going back to the first. Now I enjoyed these books as what I call, my light reading. Just fun quick books I can read and enjoy between my serious books. I agree with many of the reviews about the characters being slightly under developed and simple...the marriage troubles the one couple face seem tiny and un realistic as does the meeting of two related characters....but like I said its an enjoyable book to read. A c ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-read-2014
I thought this book and series by Wanda E. Brunstetter was much better than her other books.
The primary reason for me was less "god/religion in your face".

Brunstetter has written Amish fiction books before, but sometimes they just made me roll my eyes with too much scripture. This offering tied the faith into the story in a much more humanistic manner. For me, this created a stronger meaning and less blatant (and offensive, repetitive) "witness". I admire those with a strong Christian based fai
Linda Dudgeon
Sep 02, 2013 Linda Dudgeon rated it really liked it
Although a bit "sugary", this book still dealt with real problems. The characters were interesting to follow. The book was a nice break from heavier reading.
Sep 28, 2012 Elaine rated it did not like it
OK. Predictable. Unbelievable. My eyes hurt from rolling back in my head. Maybe I live too close to Shipshewana where real people live. Sorry.
Mar 01, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
Loved this book, great series. I love stories of the Amish and the quilting part was great too. The characters were exceptional.
May 21, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
OK. I had trouble with the quilting class and all the needy people. Seemed unrealtistic. A little to sappy for me.
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A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
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