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Sunday, November 18, 2018


Award-winning and bestselling author Vicki Batman recently stopped by to share her grandmother's recipe for fruitcake made with tomato soup. Today she’s here to talk about the quilts made from her husband’s tie collection.

Vicki has written numerous romantic comedies and two humorous romantic mysteries. She describes herself as an avid Jazzerciser, handbag lover, Mahjong player, Yoga practitioner, movie fan, book devourer, chocaholic, and Best Mom ever. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking, "What if?" Learn more about her and her stories at her website/blog. 

A lot of you know I call my husband Handsome. When we first married, he gave me a card signed with Handsome Husband. I shortened it. (And Handsome is a pretty nice looking guy.)

I grew up when working men wore suits to their job and to church, to shows, etc. I like the look. Handsome’s career began at a large accounting firm and he wore the “uniform”, too. He especially liked ties and for a long time, never threw any away.

An employee at his company makes quilts. After a chat, he decided to have some of his ties made into a quilt. (featured above)

He had her put on the back his philosophy about ties: 
The good news is he culled through his ties again and had a second quilt made,
 and a third. 

Creativity abounds in the holiday anthology, the Whispers of Winter, featuring my romantic comedy short story, “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off”. 

The Great Fruitcake Bake-off
When five-time champion Samantha Greene teams up with her new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn't just about a ribbon.

Other authors in the Whispers of Winter anthology are: Nicole Morgan, Stephanie Morris, Caitlyn Lynch, Maya Bailey, Krista Ames, Sharon Coady, Donna R. Mercer, Jan Springer, Carma Haley Shoemaker, Livia Quinn, Amber Skyze, Rebecca Fairfax, Jane Blythe, Suzanne Jenkins, Stacy Eaton, Rene Webb, Marie Mason, Joann Baker & Patricia Mason, Karen Cino


Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Thank you so much for featuring Handsome's tie quilts and the anthology! Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Always happy to have you pay a visit, Vicki!

Jan Springer said...

These are such lovely quilts, Vicki. :-) One day I wish to learn quilting. It looks challenging yet fun!
Thanks for featuring our anthology, Anastasia. :-) Very much appreciated. :-)
Happy Thanksgiving ladies!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Thanks, Jan! I would like to quilt as well. I just don't like my sewing machine. Thanks for stopping. vb

Melissa Keir said...

Those quilts are amazing and such a great idea! Now I wish my husband had worn ties!

Angela Adams said...

"Awesomely" Creative, Vicki! Best wishes with the new anthology, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

chris keniston said...

I'm a sucker for a beautiful quilt and a good book!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

LOVE quilts and necktie quilts are such a great idea!

Good luck and God's blessings

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Melissa! One of them went to the quilt show. It didn't place. Rats. Should have because they are gorgeous. Tie fabric--yummy.

Hi, Angela! I love how the quilter made each different. Two are rather large. I'm more of the lap quilt size. Thank you!

Hi, Chris! They are quite beautiful. It was sad to know Handsome isn't wearing ties like he used to.

Hi, Pamela! Once, I saw a shawl made from quilts. I loved that idea.

suzanne jenkins said...

Fabulous quilts! Thank you so much.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Thank you for stopping by, Suzanne. I'm glad you like them.