Quilts exemplify precious things: comfort through the warmth they provide; community, since they are often created by groups; and love, given the time and effort they require. The quilters profiled here know this and have turned something they love doing into a way of showing love. Each chapter introduces a quilter or group of quilters. They include elderly women in Michigan who create bedcovers for a homeless shelter, an Indiana group that makes quilts for every member of every Habitat for Humanity house built in their county, and a Massachusetts woman who organized the sewing of quilts for everyone injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. From a blind woman in Texas to preschoolers in Australia, these people are making their compassion tangible one stitch, square, and quilt at a time. Their wonderfully inspiring stories show that everyone who has ever wondered, “But what can I do?” can do something that will help someone.
“Finally, a book about the ‘secret society for the good’ of quilters and their unending generosity from an insider’s point of view! Outside quilting circles, it is not commonly known how many thousands of quilts are handmade and given each year to total strangers in need of a warm hug. This book begins to open up the doors on this extraordinary endeavor. From the first chapter I was thrilled with the stories of people giving their time and work in aid of others and to a myriad of worthy causes. If you don’t feel better about the world by the end of reading this book, you haven’t been paying attention. Or maybe you need to make a quilt and give it away to someone you don’t know so you’ll know how it feels....”
— Cathy Miller, the Singing Quilter
“Captures the magic of quilting to help others. Story after story relates the joy to be found when quilting and giving come together. Whether they are making quilts to give to cancer patients, crisis nurseries, hospices, rape crisis centers, or to help raise money for charitable organizations, these quilters have all found serenity and a sense of purpose in their work.” — Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight