Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Book review with a giveaway: The Barn Quilt by Patti Michels

About the Book

Book: The Barn Quilt
Author: Patti Michels
Genre: Children’s Book
Release Date: November 19, 2019

Farmer Max and Miz Patti have a big red barn on their Maple Shade Farm, but one thing is missing—they need a barn quilt. But what pattern should they hang on the side of their barn? The pineapple quilt, or the corn and beans quilt, or what about a quilt with animals on it? None of them are quite right though. Since it’s Christmas, they wonder what barn quilt would have been just right for the stable where Jesus was born. Work along with their neighbor boy, Dennis, as he helps Farmer Max and Miz Patti decide on and make the perfect barn quilt.

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My Review

Children will be drawn to this book for any number of the themes within.  It may be for the general farm theme, or the animals, or learning about barn quilts, or Christmas.  Readers will enjoy descriptions of many different activities that take place on the farm, such as raising animals, raising crops, keeping bees, finding eggs, plus carpentry and design.

Plenty of dialogue keeps the story moving, and I was drawn into the farm atmosphere as I read.  I could remember the feeling of time spent on the farm as I read.

I liked the illustrations.  They were pleasing to look at, and are well done.  The text is placed well on each page  There area lot of words on each page, so this is a book that an adult will be reading to a child, initially.

I recommend this story to listeners and readers who love farms, or who want to learn more about barn quilts.

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Patti Michels has lived in the same rural midwestern county her entire life, thirty-nine of those with her husband. She loves designing her family’s Christmas card and working with senior citizens. At the end of a long day, she enjoys returning to the farm and looking out her kitchen window at her own barn quilt.

More from Patti

Believe it or not, the idea for this children’s book started out as a Christmas card. Each year the Michels family produces their own original Christmas card. This tradition started out simple, in the early 1980’s, as the Michels’ two small daughters helped with the coloring, cutting, and gluing!

Patti Michels and Max, her farmer husband of 39 years, live on a small farm in Southern Illinois. The girls have grown and moved on, and the empty-nesters have joined others in their small farm community, in creating a barn quilt to hang on their barn.

While Max was preparing the 36″ X 36″ wood panel for Patti to paint, Patti was drawing and designing and dreaming up the best barn quilt pattern to display on the barn at Maple Shade Farm. As Patti painted their special barn quilt, a Christmas card idea popped into her head. ”What if the stable where Jesus was born had a barn quilt?”

Patti feels like ideas are a gift from God, as is her husband, who helps her pull off one after another completed “project”. Whether it’s feeding cows, baling hay, making Christmas cards, or creating a barn quilt, they continue to work side by side. This book, based on the real life story of creating the barn quilt, gives kids a glimpse into a small farm family life, while also enjoying and celebrating those things that make Christmas so special, like hot chocolate, cookies and God’s love.

Blog Stops

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Reading Is My SuperPower, November 27
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Locks, Hooks and Books, November 28
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Seasons of Opportunities, November 29
Vicky Sluiter, November 30
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 30
Bigreadersite, December 1
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 1
Maureen’s Musings, December 2
Texas Book-aholic, December 2
janicesbookreviews, December 3
A Reader’s Brain, December 3
For the Love of Literature, December 4
Mary Hake, December 4
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 5
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 6
Emily Yager, December 6
She Lives to Read, December 7
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 8
Inklings and notions, December 8
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 9


To celebrate her tour Patti is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of The Barn Quilt, and a $25 gift card from Amazon!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. This sounds like a really wonderful book. Very cute cover!

  2. Yes. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

  3. My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

  4. This sounds like a wonderful story to share with my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing your review and the book details.

  5. Making barn quilt samples would be such a fun art project!