In the Quilters' Book Club this month, we're reading Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall, written in 1898. It comes highly recommended by author Sandra Dallas. A community of volunteers converted the book to digital format. If you have a Kindle or a Kindle app, you can get it from Amazon.com here. If you want to read it directly from your computer, you can do so here, courtesy of Project Gutenberg. It's a public domain book so is available free in either format. (I am reading it on my computer and my iPad with no Kindle app, and that is working fine for me.)
This book consists of nine short stories. The second story (just 24 pages long) is called "The New Organ." The women of Goshen church (the Mite Society) work hard for three years to be able to buy an organ for their church. They save their butter and egg money and finally have enough money, but there is opposition from most of the men folk in the church. Will they be able to purchase the organ? Read to find out!
If you'd like to make a quilt block to represent "The New Organ," here are some suggestions:
Butter and Eggs Quilt Block
Flock Quilt Block
This story reminds me of a similar story in On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Pa had a cracked boot and walked to town with $3 in his pocket to buy new ones. But, "I saw Brother Alden and he told me he couldn't raise money enough to put a bell in the belfry. The folks in town had all given every cent they could, and he lacked just three dollars. So I gave him the money."
"Oh, Charles!" was all Ma said.
Pa looked down at his cracked boot. "I'll patch it," he said. "I can make it hold together somehow. And do you know, we'll hear that church bell ringing clear out here."
This bell now hangs in the belfry of the English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The Ingalls family lived in Walnut Grove from 1874-1876 and again from 1877 until 1879 when they moved to Dakota Territory.
Has an organization that you've been part of worked and saved to buy something? Inquiring minds want to know! Please reply in the comments sections below for a chance to win a copy of Jennifer Chiaverini's just-released book, An Elm Creek Quilts Companion, courtesy of Plume Books. If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.