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The Quilt Hardcover – 1 Mar 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group; Gift edition (Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764228226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764228223
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 18.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,576,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite her arthritis, Mary, an elderly grandmother, is determined to make one final quilt in order to pass along her spiritual legacy to her family and friends.

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absolutely brilliant book once agaon from davis bunn
An old lady gets together her neighbours to make a quilt.
Davis Bunn once again manages to write a lovely story full of biblical truths.
Need tissues at the end.
Already doing the rounds of our church
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I think this is a great little book. It won't take more than an hour or so to read, but is very moving and uplifting. I am going to buy a few more copies as presents for friends
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We bought this as a Christmas present for someone who made a quilt for our grandchild. She likes the book very much.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97696c9c) out of 5 stars An important lesson to learn 24 May 2002
By Britt Arnhild Lindland - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Quilt is the wonderful story of an old woman, Mary. She is a mother and a grandmother, and has a long and meaningful life to look back on. Now she feels all the signs of age, and her hands and fingers that used to do all kinds of useful crafts are now arthritic. Still they have their own, very special beauty, like Mary has in herself. People can see the beauty in this old woman, and not only family, but people of all ages comes to see her. And Mary has the skill to see the beauty in them all.
Mary looks at her fingers, and can still see that God has something useful waiting for them. She knows that there is still something life wants her to do. She then starts to make the QUILT together with all the people coming to see her. But this is not an ordinary quilt. Every singel stich is made with a prayer. And as the stiching goes on, the life of the people we meet starts to change.
This is a moving book, written in a beautiful way. The book teach us something important of life. In a time when we are all so busy, we never have time to sit down together, not to mention sit down in silence and in prayer. No one who gets involved with Mary's quilting project will be the same again. No one who gets involved in this book will be the same again. Weather you are a quilter or not, we all can do something with life, for ourselves and for others.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97696dec) out of 5 stars Great Book 11 July 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Several years ago, I found T. Davis Bunn's book, The Quilt at my local Christian Book store. Since I sew quilts for friends and for craft shows to sell, I made the purchase. It was one of those hard-to-put-down books.
Quilts and quilting seem to bring friends and family together. I was especially impressed by how Mary used the power of prayer in the stitching of her quilt. Most of us women and some men, have a difficult time in sitting quietly and reflecting on others. We are so much into a fast-paced world that we fail to really get to know others and even less to care about them.
When Mary dies, her family and friends understand how much she has affected all their lives and gives them a new meaning of life. Even the other members of the town who do not come to quilt have to admit that there was something special going on at Mary's home that was very moving.
I would recommend this book to anyone, quilter or not. I have also read Bunn's other books: The Gift, The Messenger and would also recommend them as well.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97693144) out of 5 stars Beauty from the Fabrics of our Lives 5 Jun. 2000
By Plume45 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One does not have to be a quilter to appreciate the warmth and gentle peace which emanate from this gem of a little book. Aged and infirm, Mary is admired by most people in her community, for she has a special way of making each one feel at home and of value; she gently helps them find solutions to their problems and solace for their cares--a rare gift in itself. Because she leads others to calm introspection, she is considered by all a truly beautiful woman. Her two sons are so different, but one of them underdstands her need to complete something beautiful--to create with more than mere fingers.
Mary has a dream to create a patchwork quilt from cherished scraps (a diary of the fabrics in her life). Her goal catches the imagination of her daughters-in-law, as well as other kind ladies in her town. Precious memories are shared as comunal stitching brings these women together in a way they did not realize possible. Soon it becomes imperative to complete the Quilt before Mary--with her arthritic hands--is called Home. She loved both her sons to the end, but only one understood her great need to preserve the sacred family memories. This book will touch your heart and possibly inspire you to start saving the special fabric scraps of your own life. Most importantly, to cherish your family and leave them a memorable, tangible gift of your love.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97696c54) out of 5 stars Will you touch you deeply! 6 Sept. 2004
By Christian Bookshelf - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When I first received this book my first impression was of it's physical appearance. It's a small, hard cover book that even has a built in book mark. I was curious about it because it's also a relatively short book. What could so few pages really hold? The cover claims that it's "A simple story that will touch your heart in a profound way." Now that's a pretty tall order!

So I opened the book and from the first sentence I was hooked. It's a simple story of a woman who's reaching the end of her life but has one last project in her: a quilt. I don't know if the story had a deeper effect on me because I see myself rapidly approaching that age or not. But even young people will be touched by the message of the quilt.

As I was thinking about the review that I was going to write a hymn came to mind, "Stand up, stand up for Jesus." There's a phrase in that hymn that speaks of putting each piece of gospel armor on with prayer. The whole idea behind that quilt was that each stitch was to be made with prayer. But not just any prayer, they were to be prayers of thanksgiving. As I read this book I was touched deeply. I challenge you to read this book and then fill your life with prayers of thanksgiving!

--- reviewed by Lynn Worley for Christian Bookshelf
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97693600) out of 5 stars A prayer - a stitch 4 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When I was knitting a blanket for a friend's very premature and very at-risk son I put it aside because I was afraid that I would be "jinxing" them. And then I read this book - and realized that every stitch could be a prayer for Matthew. He's 5 now, with some problems, but he loves and is loved. And his blanket has warmed his siblings as well.
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