In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas). Her life overflowed with good works and compassionate acts on behalf of those in need. – Acts 9:36
My mother and mother-in-law are skilled sewers. My mother made her own wedding dress, and my mother-in-law has made many quilts over the years, including one as a wedding present for us. They have both stitched clothes and costumes and quilts over the years, and those things are very precious. Not only are handmade items each unique in their handiwork, but they are made by beautiful and loving hands.
I am now learning to sew as well. I have never attempted a quilt, but I have made handbags, bow ties and clothes. So when I saw the chance to review a lovely little devotional about the lasting legacy of such special keepsakes, I thought of both these extraordinary women in my life, my mothers…and the women who made quilts and dresses for them…and the women who made quilts and dresses for those women…The love and workmanship goes back generations and generations.
Ramona Richards, another avid sewer, wrote “My Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith ” in order to share the stories and lessons behind her mother’s quilts.
(As an exciting bonus to this great review, you can enter to win a Friendship quilt featured in the book!!! Details are at the bottom of this post!!)
One story in the book told of a sweet elderly lady who was unable to finish a quilt… and so another woman took up the project where she had left off, finishing it brilliantly. “Quilting connected two women across a generation to each other and our family through a gift borne out of love and generosity…Like Dorcas (in Acts 9:36), their good works reached far beyond their lifetimes.”
Messages that bombard us daily make us think our worthiness is tied up in doing more, earning more, knowing more, traveling more, protesting more…gaining more fame, notoriety and wealth. But it is the small and simple ways in which we connect with others that often has the most lasting impact.
When we recognize the indelible impression many quiet, beautiful people have left on us over the years…we realize the people who make the biggest difference are the ones who do so quietly and steadfastly through what some might call “ordinary” lives.
“My Mother’s Quilt” is a sweet book with short chapter devotions and colorful photographs of handmade quilts. Even if you are not a quilter or sewer yourself, if you can appreciate handmade craftsmanship and the life lessons that go with it, then you will enjoy every page of this book. There has been a revival of handmade artists among younger generations as we recognize the incredible relationships we build when we learn from the women older and wiser than ourselves, carry on their legacies, and pass down well-worn truths through the diligent work of our hands and the generous love in our hearts.
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