|Mother's Dream Quilt Block|
Our book to read and discuss during August 2013 is Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick. Back in March, we read her book A Single Thread, the first book of the Cobbled Court Quilts Series. Our new book is a prequel to that. Get the book from your local library or bookstore and join us!
If you'd like to create a block based on a theme from the book, here are some suggestions:
A Mother's Life:
Baby's Best Quilt Block
Mother's Life Quilt Block
Mother's Own Quilt Block
"The biggest hurdle that people with Down syndrome face isn't the syndrome itself but the ignorance of others. The minute you leave here and for the rest of his life, Howard is going to run into people who will tell you what he can't do. Don't you believe it," he said earnestly, looking Mary Dell squarely in the eye. "And don't you accept it, not for a second. When people tell your son he can't, it's your job to tell him he can and to show him how. You've got to lead by example. You're his mother, Mrs. Bebee. He'll believe you." (Dr. Tibbets to Mary Dell on page 93)
"Until a few weeks ago, if you had decided to turn into a great big selfish coward, to quit eating and drinking and sleeping, to worry your family half to death and be the guest of honor at your own pity party, then you could have gone right ahead and done it. But you gave up that right on the day Howard was born. You're a momma now, Mary Dell. Mommas don't lie down and die! You've got a child to care for, a job to do. So get your butt up out of that chair and start doing it." (Grandma Silky to Mary Dell, page 131)
Adjusted Hopes and Dreams:
Bright Hopes Quilt Block
Broken Path Quilt Block
Mother's Dream Quilt Block
"I know your heart's been broke and your dreams have too, and I'm sorry for it. But when your dreams turn to dust, well . . . maybe it's time to vacuum." (Grandma Silky to Mary Dell, page 132)
|Bright Hopes Quilt Block|
Silky informs her granddaughter that upon becoming a mother, Mary Dell gave up her right to fall apart, that she has to stay strong for her child no matter what. Do you think that is true? Do you think it is fair? If you’re a mother, have you ever gone through a time when you felt you had to maintain a façade of strength for the sake of your family? If you’re a daughter, have you ever witnessed your mother doing the same? Inquiring minds want to know! Answer in the comment section below. If you are reading via email, you must first click on the blog title to be able to comment and read the comments of others.
By commenting, you are entering your name in a giveaway of a fabulous prize pack containing Wedding Ring, Endless Chain, Lover’s Knot (first three books of the Shenandoah Album Series) and Mountain Away, all by Emilie Richards - courtesy of Harlequin!
Heads Up: September book is The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs. You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.