“The Family Quilt” by Mona Hodgson

Greetings! What a thrill for me to partner with Guideposts Books in bringing heartwarming stories of family and community, love and hope to your hearth in A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Volume Three: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Past.

Gingerbread ornamentsThe setting:
“The Family Quilt” takes place in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Step back in time to stop in and visit with the Michaels family for Christmas 1898.

The story:
An adult daughter is making a scrap quilt for Christmas to cheer her newly widowed mother and soon finds that the painful remnants in her own heart are being stitched together in love.

Join Patsy Michaels for a cup of tea in the parlor at Miss Hattie’s Boardinghouse. She’s an 1890s stuck-in-the-middle mom to three children, two of them teenage girls, and is daughter to a recently widowed and uprooted mother. Good chance Patsy’s not the only one who has found herself in difficult circumstances in the Christmas season. I know I’ve been there. Perhaps you have, too. Join me in the pages of “The Family Quilt” to see how God answers Patsy’s prayers, even the ones she didn’t realize had passed from her heart to His.

Nine Patch cropped 2The inspiration:
I was the one at my mom’s side when she was widowed at age 56. My two daughters were teenagers at the time, so I knew what it felt like to be in the middle. My sister, Linda, is a quilter, and when her father-in-law passed, she made a memory quilt for her mother-in-law.

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The takeaway:
My hope is that readers spending time with the various generations of the Michaels’ women in “The Family Quilt” will find new joy in precious memories from their own family histories and be reminded that it’s the gift of one’s time and one’s self that best expresses love.


Christmas traditions:
Several years ago, I decided to add a sweet and spicy nut mix to my holiday snack tray and Christmas goodie packages I sent home with friends and family. Enter my Southwestern Spicy Pecans, made using salt, sugar, and cayenne.

Your turn:
Do you make a special treat for Christmas parties and family gatherings? We’d love to hear about it.

My Giveaway!

I’m offering a Christmas cup of cheer, a mug filled with goodies.
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Congratulations to Robin W., winner of the giveaway!

May your Christmas be filled with warm memories and cozy family quilts!

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We’re offering five sets of A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volumes Three and Four.

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Mona Hodgson Gray croppedThe storyteller:

MONA HODGSON is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and many more. Mona from Arizona speaks for women’s conferences and retreats, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians. Learn more about Mona at www.monahodgson.com.