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1-Tie Died

Book 1: TIE DIED: A Quilting Cozy

Sixty-seven year old Sarah Miller sat among her unpacked boxes reliving the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and now the place that had been home for forty-two years. Everything she unpacked carried a memory, some warm and some painful. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become ‘home,’ she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and possibly a love interest. When one of her new friends is murdered, she and her feisty friend, Sophie, are determined to find the killer.


Running Stitches

Book  2: RUNNING STITCHES: A Quilting Cozy

At sixty-eight, Sarah Miller has settled into life in Cunningham village. She had been reluctant to move to a senior community but has made friends, learned to quilt, and joined community activities. Life is Good, or so her favorite tee-shirt boldly announces. But then a young girl goes missing. Sarah and her feisty cohort, Sophie, promise to find her, but that promise may have been premature. Running Stitches offers mystery, excitement, fun, a touch of romance, family, friends, and lots of quilting.

3-Sea Bound

Book 3:  SEA BOUND: A Quilting Cozy

Sea Bound: A Quilting Cozy continues the escapades of Sarah Miller and her cohorts living in Cunningham Village, a retirement community in the mid-west. Sarah and her friends escape to the islands on a quilting cruise, which offers creative quilting classes and loads of fun at sea. There are mysteries to be solved, a touch of romance on the beach, a gambling debt gone badly, and a missing passenger, presumed dead. Sarah and Charles are determined to unravel the mysteries while Sophie, in her feisty unconventional way, continues to offer comic relief.

4-Patchwork Connections


In Patchwork Connections, seventy-year old Sarah Miller, along with her friends and family, piece together their relationships to create renewed and lasting bonds. Sarah’s daughter, Martha, begins to play a larger role in her mother’s life, but she brings a troubled past and impending danger. Charles pulls his cop hat out of storage, hoping to solve a mystery close to Sarah’s heart. Sophie, while building new bonds with her son, continues to keep her cohorts from getting too serious. This is the fourth book in the Quilting Cozy series and continues to offer light mystery, lovable characters, a bit of romance, and lots of quilting!

5-Stitched Together-cdj

Book 5:  STITCHED TOGETHER: A Quilting Cozy

“Stitched Together: A Quilting Cozy” is the story of Sarah and Charles as they face the many joys and challenges of combining their life styles and households. Both in their seventies, they discover they each have a lifetime of preferences, priorities, and issues which make compromise sometimes difficult and sometimes rewarding. Sophie reluctantly considers a love interest herself, as family and friends pull together to save one of their own who has been charged with murder. This fifth book in the Quilting Cozy series includes lots of quilting!


Book 6: MOON OVER THE MOUNTAIN: A Quilting Cozy

“…She stopped suddenly when she heard twigs snapping nearby. She became tense and slowly crouched in the thicket. She could hear the rustling of the tall grasses along the edge of the stream. She could feel the tingle on the back of her neck as fear crept up her spine…”  Sarah Parker, an active seventy-something woman, attends a quilt retreat in the Appalachian Mountains just outside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park where she and her new quilting friends create memory quilts, explore native arts and crafts, and enjoy the spectacular mountain setting. The tranquility she enjoys is interrupted by an alarming presence in the forest surrounding Ten Oaks Lodge and Retreat Center. Her curiosity leads her to a family of mountain children struggling to survive alone and the mystery of their missing father.  


Book 7: THE RESCUE QUILT: A Quilting Cozy (September 2015)

“Sophie cautiously picked her way across the rutted yard, noticing that the dog was looking back at her to make sure she was following. She carefully climbed the steps and crossed the rustic porch…She knocked hard but heard no sounds inside. She crept over to the window and pressed her face against the glass. Her screams echoed across the countryside.”

The Rescue Quilt: A Quilting Cozy finds Sophie far outside her comfort zone as she encounters several major life changes, including two new family members and a job working with lost and abandoned dogs. Sarah and Charles struggle to solve the mystery their friend has stumbled onto, while trying not to become lost in the many twists and turns they encounter along the way.

8-Missing Memories

Book 8: MISSING MEMORIES: A Quilting Cozy (March 2016)

A friend has gone missing, and Sarah is told to leave it to the professionals – the Chicago Police Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Marshal’s office. But Sarah refuses to accept their assumptions about her friend’s identity. Missing Memories is the 8th book in the Quilting Cozy series and includes an abundance of quilting, the joys and concerns of Sarah’s friends and family, and a new charity project for the quilt club.

What is a Fidget Quilt?  These little lap quilts, often made as a charity project by quilters, are designed to soothe the restlessness and agitation of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. They include items to handle: things to open and close; things to touch and feel. They feature textures and shapes designed to keep fidgety fingers occupied.


Book 9:TATTERED & TORN: A Quilting Cozy

…Sarah took a deep breath and began. “I’m not sure how to explain this, Ruth. I feel,” she hesitated, searching for the right words. “I feel very drawn to this quilt or perhaps to the woman who made it. I feel as though this quilt needs something from me….”

A tattered quilt found in a pawn shop, an exhaustive search through the past, a murder suspect, a grand jury hearing –  all interwoven as the Cunningham Village folks return in this ninth book of A Quilting Cozy series promising mystery, friendship, and lots of quilting.


  (This quilt features vintage feedsack fabric)

Book 10: LEFT HOLDING THE BAG: A Quilting Cozy

A new friend, trunks full of vintage fabric, credit card fraud, a budding romance, a murder – and our friends in the Cunningham Village Retirement Community are in the center of it all.  Sophie organizes the Undercover Sleuths in an attempt to solve the mysteries, while Sarah focuses on the antique fabrics.

All Ten  books above are currently available on  in  Kindle format and in print. 

I look forward to hearing from my readers — just send me an email at or leave a message below.

Best wishes and thank you for stopping by!

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 09:52:59

    Hello Carol,
    Just wanted to let you know that I love your books: a great series and difficult not to read each one in a single sitting, no matter how late it is getting! I look forward to book number 8 and the continuing lives and adventures of Sarah, Charles and their families and friends.


    • Carol Dean Jones
      Nov 04, 2015 @ 20:25:28

      Fiona, thank you so very much for your kind words. This series has been a joy to write. These characters have become my ‘best friends,’ therefore, I must keep them alive by continuing to tell their tales. #8 is in the works but probably won’t be out before summer 2016. Again, thank you for your note.
      Best wishes,


  2. Glenda Williams
    Apr 28, 2016 @ 23:16:19

    Love your books. Never want to put them down. I am in my sevenths and am interested in quilting. A good friend’s father is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s so I am very interested in reading about the fidget quilts. Please keep the books coming. I so look forward to them.


    • Carol Dean Jones
      Apr 29, 2016 @ 02:58:44

      Glenda, thank you so much for your comments. I hoped that my books would introduce non-quilters to the craft in a positive way. I began quilting in my fifties and have found it to be a life-saver in my retirement…always giving me something to plan and create! Book 8 will introduce you to the fidget quilt idea and you don’t need to be a quilter to make one. If you google ‘fidget quilts’ you’ll find many sites which offer free instructions. Again, thank you for reading my books and I’m very happy that you’re enjoying them. Best wishes, Carol


  3. janet mello
    May 11, 2016 @ 08:11:28

    Is there any way to get directions to make these fidget quilts love your books


    • Carol Dean Jones
      May 11, 2016 @ 15:32:02

      Hi Janet,
      Thank you for your email. I’ll tell you what I did to learn about them. I googled fidget quilts and was surprised at how many items came up. One is a blog with very good step-by-step instructions:
      After I found instructions, I googled fidget quilts again and clicked on images and got at least a hundred pictures which then gave me ideas of what could be added. And you probably saw some of those ideas in the book. I’m so glad readers are making fidget quilts…Good luck with your project.
      Best wishes,

      Here’s a picture of the one I made and used for my book cover if that helps….

      Good luck with your project.


  4. Mary Jane
    Jul 21, 2016 @ 22:20:05

    Me Jones, I have just completed the last in the cozy quilts series (#8) and have enjoyed every one of them. As a member of a quilt guild in Delaware, I can’t wait to suggest we add the “figit quilt” to our list of good deed projects. We are 285 member strong and many of us are retired seniors. We have a number of nursing homes & assisted living facilities in our area that I feel would benefit from these little quilts. Thank you for the hours of entertainment and the introduction to the fidget quilt. I look forward to your next series. Now I must get sewing since I have spent the past couple months reading all 8 of the Quilting Cozy series. Love your books and look forward to the next one. 😊


    • Carol Dean Jones
      Jul 23, 2016 @ 16:19:12

      Mary Jane, it’s people like you who make all the hours at the computer worth it! Thank you so very much for your kind words and for passing the Fidget Quilt idea on to your guild. If you do a search in google ‘Fidget Quilts’ you will get hundreds of ideas. (especially if you click on images).
      I’ve added your name to my list of readers and will let you know when the next one is published. Again, thank you for taking the time to write.
      Best wishes,
      Carol Dean


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    • Carol Dean Jones
      Oct 21, 2016 @ 17:04:09

      Thank you so much for including my series in your listing of fiber art cozies! My hope was to present retired folks making a successful transition into this new phase of their lives (and to show younger folks that we oldtimers are not to be written off!). I recommend that people read the series from the beginning since my characters and their circumstances develop over time. Also, I’m happy to get your list of other cozies…I’m looking forward to a ‘cozy’ winter by the fire with a relaxing book! Best wishes, Carol


  6. Edra Green
    Nov 14, 2016 @ 01:56:43

    will there be a quilted cozy book 10?


    • Carol Dean Jones
      Nov 14, 2016 @ 18:55:04

      I really can’t say at this time. It seems to me that our little community of Cunningham Village residents is rather well settled at this time. I’ll decide after the holidays…but perhaps it’s time to say, “…and they all lived happily ever after?”


  7. Janice DiPietro
    Feb 13, 2017 @ 04:17:18

    As a retiree and new quilter, I can relate to Sarah completely. I started with #9 and went back and read the other 8 in order. All in a very short time. I just didn’t want to stop reading. Their lives and adventures are perfect -a retiree’s dream! Thanks. Keep on writing!!!


    • Carol Dean Jones
      Feb 14, 2017 @ 17:12:54

      I love hearing from readers that they are able to relate to the characters in the Quilting Cozy series. I would like to be living their lives as well (other than in my imagination!!) One reader wrote and said she wanted to move to Cunningham Village! I’m working on #10 but it probably won’t be completed before late Spring.
      Have a great day and thank you for your note.


  8. Pam
    Feb 14, 2017 @ 18:33:22

    Love your books! Need to write them faster! haha


    • Carol Dean Jones
      Feb 17, 2017 @ 15:47:11

      Hi Pam, Thanks for the encouragement. I’m working on #10 and hope to have it out by early summer. Sorry for this lengthy delay between books — life interferes now and then! I’m enjoying being back with my friends: Sarah, Sophie, and the whole gang. Best wishes, Carol


  9. Gail
    Jul 01, 2017 @ 07:32:02

    Here I sit at 2:30 AM, having just finished TATTERED AND TORN. I’m ready to begin LEFT HOLDING THE BAG which is already loaded into my Kindle. Can’t believe it’s the last in the series. I have totally enjoyed each one. I can identify with those gals. Looking forward to your next book.


    • Carol Dean Jones
      Jul 02, 2017 @ 00:18:34

      Many a wee hour of the morning finds me finishing up a book that i just couldn’t put down. Thank you for taking the time to drop me a line and I’m so pleased that you’ve enjoyed the series. Have a great summer and perhaps Sarah and Sophie will come out of retirement in the fall. Right now i need to take a break and get to know my new puppy. Best wishes.


  10. Holly Yingling
    Jul 03, 2017 @ 16:48:56

    Carol – thank you so much for this lovely series. I am almost as old as Sarah and looking forward to retirement in about 6 months. I have been a quilter for 35 years. I love the way Sarah is ready to take on a new challenge whether it’s quilting or solving a mystery. I’m sure it’s getting more difficult to come up with new story lines, but I sure hope the well isn’t quite dry yet. I am about to finish #9 and looking forward to #10. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy the new puppy.


    • Carol Dean Jones
      Jul 04, 2017 @ 02:47:15

      Holly, I loved your comments about Sarah. That’s exactly what i had in mind when I started this series. I wanted to show that life after retirement can be fulfilling. It’s so important to continue to learn and grow and take on new challenges. I want to wish you the very best in your upcoming retirement. I just finished #10 and need a break but will probably get back to it in a few months. Have a great summer and just think how much time you will have for quilting in another six months! Best wishes, Carol


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