I bought 8 of these books and gave them to my Quilting group friends. We all just love the book and now I wish I had gotten more! Beautifully done! We like the way the cover is embossed. The stories are thoughtful, too. What a writer!
This book reminds me of a special quilt I have. My grandmother who was very ill when I was about a year old, she told everyone she will not be called home, till she finishes the quilt for her granddaughter and she did just that. I still have that quilt and every time I see it I am reminded of the story of my grandmother I never new.
There is something comforting about a quilt. No matter how your day has gone, you can always snuggle under a quilt and know that you are being surrounded by the love. Whenever someone makes a quilt, a little bit of love is always put into every stitch.
My Mothers Quilts by Ramona Richards is a book of short devotionals that have been inspired by thirty family heirloom quilts.
Each devotional begins with scripture quote. The author has chosen to use different translations for these quotes. I like this change from the norm, it gives me the opportunity to explore other translations other than the NIV that Im accustomed to. She uses quotes from the New American Standard Bible, The Message, English Standard Version, King James Version and others.
The devotionals also include the name and a full colour image of the quilt. The author shares beautiful stories from her familys history . Each story is told from the heart with no pomp and circumstance. None of the stories are spectacular in their own right, but the authors shows us how God has shown his love for us in simple everyday acts.
Each devotional ends with a Prayer Starter. Sometimes we get stuck in our prayer lives, these starters help focus the direction of your prayers.
This devotional has changed how I look at quilts (and other hand-crafts). As the pieces of these quilts are different, I can see that God has made each one of us unique too. Even though the patterns may be the same, each one still has its own story to tell. Our mothers grandmothers stitched each quilt with much love and faith that reminds me of the love and concern that God has for us.
The quilts in this book take me back the days when my mother and grandmother stitched these patterns. Three of the patterns have special meaning to me The Rosette, Dutch Doll and the Log Cabin. As I was reading each devotional I was transported back in time through my own memories of these quilts. Just like Ms Richards family, my own mother and grandmother carefully chose each patterns and stitched each quilt with love. Each quilt portrayed something important that they wanted to pass on to future generations the love that God has for each one of us.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of "My Mother's Quilt" in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
I'm not overly into devotionals, despite learning how to read with a kids one and a Bible, but as soon as I heard about My Mother's Quilts I knew I had to read it. I was immediately attracted to this book by the simple word 'quilts'. I'm no good myself but I have quilting in my blood, both my grandma and great grandma have made many a quilt for various family members.
One thing I would like to say is just how beautiful this book really is. When I first opened the package with my copy I was totally impressed with the lovely cover/dustjacket, the quality of the hardcover binding, the glossy pages tinted to match the quilt in each little chapter, the gorgeous photos, and the easy to read text. This is a book that you'll want to leave out to reread and not just set aside like you would an average devotional once you are done with it.
On top of that Ramona Richards has put together an easy to read and interesting book tying in a Scripture verse, life lessons she has learned from the quilts and people in her life, a little prayer starter, and of course lovely photos of the quilts mentioned. I also loved how she would list the quilt pattern featured in each 'chapter'.
I actually read My Mother's Quilts straight through, going through two or three quilts in each sitting. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, Ramona Richards shares her heart and heritage in this lovely little book that any quilter or quilt lover will be sure to appreciate.
(I received a copy of this book through FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.)