Monday, November 16, 2015
Making a World of Difference One Quilt at a Time: Inspiring Stores about Quilters & How They Have Touched Lives is by Ruth McHaney Danner,
Ruth quilts for several charities, most of them going to her quild's community outreach, but some are also featured in her book.
She knows that one quilt can impact the recipient as well as the quilt maker.
Her advice if you are looking for charities to quilt for is to just keep your eyes open. Needs are everywhere.
She says the greatest joy of making a quilt for charity is thinking of the person it will go to as you are making it.
Her hope for anyone who reads her book is that they will read it to the end, and then get to work. To find a way to give of themselves to help others.
Ruth wrote this book first of all because she loves quilts. She's been making them since she was a child and as she's grown older she's realized that her greatest joy is making them to give them away.
She learned how to quilt from her mother and grandmother. He grandmother quilted out of necessity and her mother for pleasure.
Her favorite aspect of quilting is the hand quilting. She finds it both calming and therapeutic.
I loved reading this book and the stories. They touch your heart. There are 55 stories in all. Each one ends with what she is calling the Binding Stitch. This is where you can get more information on the charity and/or the group.
The quilt guild that I belong to does a community project each year. Each year is a different project and a different charity. It's not always quilts, although this coming year it is. It's a wonderful feeling to know that what you are making goes to a good cause and the people receiving will truly be appreciative. It's also the togetherness of other quilters all working together.
Our guild also constantly makes Quilts of Valor.
I also meet monthly with ladies from my church. We simply call ourselves the Zion Lutheran sewing club. We make many quilts that go to the Domestic Violence Center, but we have done lap quilts for the Good Samaritan Home, stuffed animals for First Call for Help, dog beds for the animal shelter, and others.
I have made just blocks that I have sent to several blog owners for quilts they put together for charity. That one is always fun! One block was going into a quilt for cancer research and I was able to personalize it with a note to my dad who died of cancer almost 20 years ago.
This book is such a joy to read. I love reading inspirational stories. Even if I wasn't a quilter, I would love this book. I am sure if I wasn't a quilter, this book alone would prompt me to start quilting, or at least to find a group where I could help out.
Ruth is also the author of What I Learned from God While Quilting. I have added it to my want to read list. I am including a link to it as well.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book as well as additional information for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own. Post does include affiliate links.