Mally The Maker and the Queen In The Quilt, by Leah Day

Today I want to share insights about a new fictional book which I believe is an entertaining read that is perfect for quilters and non-quilters who have enjoyed books such as the Harry Potter series, or Wizard of Oz.  It is truly a delightful read by a new story teller, whom I am confident will soon be recognized as a World Class Story Teller/Fictional Writer – Leah Day!

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Ten year old Mally Spencer can’t stop crying. Six months ago her grandma, her favorite person in the world, disappeared without a trace. Everything has gone from bad to worse and now Mally’s family is falling apart.

But then a chance discovery in Grandma’s sewing room catapults Mally into the world of Quilst, where everything is made of fabric and stuffed animals can come to life. Is this where Grandma has been the whole time?

Mally sets off to search, but is quickly caught by the powerful Queen of Quilst. In order to free herself, Mally must overcome her worst fears and learn how to stitch herself free. She’ll have to become more than just a kid playing make-believe.

She’ll have to become a Maker.

Listen to the first chapter of Mally the Maker in this podcast episode with Leah Day:

 

Mally the Maker is the first installment of a delightful quilting fantasy series created by Leah Day.

Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, Leah mastered sewing, crochet, and knitting as a young girl and hopes to inspire a new generation of kids to pick up needles, thread, fabric and yarn and learn how to make beautiful things.

This 270 page softcover fiction novel includes small illustrations with each chapter and a short tutorial on piecing a 4 Patch Quilt Block at the end. Suggested age range is 10 years old and up.

WHERE DID GRANDMA GO?

Ten year old Mally Spencer can’t stop crying.  Six months ago her grandma, her favorite person in the world, disappeared without a trace.  Everything has gone from bad to worse and now Mally’s family is falling apart.

But then a chance discovery in Grandma’s sewing room catapults Mally into the world of Quilst, where everything is made of fabric and stuffed animals can come to life.  Is this where Grandma has been the whole time?

Mally sets off to search, but is quickly caught by the powerful Queen of Quilst.  In order to free herself, Mally must overcome her worst fears and learn how to stitch herself free.  She’ll have to become more than just a kid playing make-believe.

She’ll have to become a Maker.

Mally the Maker is the first installment of a delightful quilting fantasy series created by Leah Day for quilters of all ages.  Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, Leah mastered sewing, crochet, and knitting as a young girl and hopes to inspire a new generation of kids to pick up needles, thread, fabric and yarn and learn how to make things beautiful.

I also see this wonderful new fiction book to be a great way to draw customers into their stores.  Think how much fun it would be for story telling time, where customers (and their kids/gkids) are able to attend a reading of Mally the Maker in the store.  It is such a new book, your local quilt shop is probably not aware of this book so I do hope you’ll let your local quilt shop, as well as quilt guild and quilting friends know about this new book.  You can also check this new book out on Amazon.

 

A key character in this book is Ms. Bunny Doll, which Leah has also created a Sewing Pattern.  I think many that read this book will want to make their own Ms. Bunny Doll.  Like many of the other characters in this book, Ms Bunny certainly captured my heart.   https://leahday.com/products/ms-bunny-doll-sewing-pattern-print

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MY REVIEW:

Mally The Maker is a thrilling and entertaining new book by Leah Day, with a fictional story about a young girl, who loves her missing grandmother and sets out to find her, while risking the safety and security of home and enters the world of Quilst, which is truly scary, yet she pushes on meeting many heartwarming animals along the way.

Leah has a writing style that helps the reader visualize the characters and the scene, while getting you to fall in love with the characters and leaving you wanting more.  Mally the Maker is as good, if not better than the Harry Potter series, or even the Wizard of Oz story, which many of us have grown up with.  While it is based around a fictional world of quilting, that is certainly intriguing for quilters, I’m confident this book will also become quite popular with non-quilters who enjoy excellently written fictional stories that inspire and intrigue the mind.

This book accompanied me to various appointments, as well as short windows where I found quiet time to read.  Each time I had to set this book aside, my mind and heart would continue to think about Mally the Maker and wonder what was going to happen to her next.  Needless to say,  I enjoyed reading this book very much and plan to read it again.  I’m also looking forward to reading follow-on books which Leah has planned in this series.  I’m confident they will all be delightful.

To my surprise and delight, while I’ve always been impressed with Leah Day and her quilting skills, as well as teaching skills, I am thoroughly impressed with her story telling skills that she shares in her first of her Mally the Maker series.  I think this book would also make a wonderful movie, or tv series.  But for now, I love how Leah excites the mind to imagine and through reading such a well written book, to find pleasure and joy in the written word.  Leah is truly gifted and I hope every quilter, as well as non-quilters that have enjoyed reading fictional books such as the Harry Potter series, or Wizard of Oz, will enjoy reading Mally the Maker and the Queen in the Quilt.

Lastly, this book would also make for excellent Christmas gifts, but also for stories for quilters to read to their children/grandchildren.  Even reading in short spurts, possibly 10 minutes, will quickly draw you into Mally’s world, while she searches for her Grandmother in the world of Quilst.  I’ve also heard about a woman who is reading this book to her grandchildren, whom live in another state, spending ~10 minutes a day via Facetime to read the story to them.  Sweet!

 

This new book is also on sale, at an introductory price. at Mally the Maker.com https://mallythemaker.com/products/mally-the-maker-book-1

You can also find this new book (intro sales price) and sewing pattern at: https://leahday.com/collections/shop/products/mally-the-maker-and-the-queen-in-the-quilt

 

 

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