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Christmas Quilt Anthology
by Barbara J. Baldwin   

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Publisher:  Whiskey Creek Press ISBN-10:  1593748752 Type: 


Copyright:  October, 2006 ISBN-13:  9781593748753

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CHRISTMAS QUILT ANTHOLOGY is a collection of 10 original holiday stories, poems and verses, essays and letters. In the beginning, Barb sent these individual stories to friends and family as Christmas story cards. Now you can get all her stories in one beautiful volume.
CHRISTMAS QUILT is available from Whiskey Creek Press for all those who love to collect and read holiday books; for the "hard to buy for" person on your Christmas list; and for the gift that people will treasure year after year!

Back Cover --
The most important parts of the Christmas season are not the presents or the tree, baking or decorations. It's the people -- family and friends -- who enrich our lives and make the holidays so special.

Christmas Quilt is actually a collection of people who will make you laugh and cry, remember and wish, and like good friends, youíll want to visit them every year.

Youíll meet Bobby and Mrs. Clayborne, who have holiday ghosts to deal with; Megan and her siblings, orphaned just before the holiday.

Thereís the children of the coal mining village of Snow and a group of lumberjacks, all of whom learn to believe in magic.

Read one motherís need for holiday tradition, letters from friends full of holiday cheer, verses and rhymes about luminaries and Christmas Eve traditions.

And meet all the people touched by The Christmas Quilt, made with love for a daughterís holiday wedding, as it appears at Christmas time throughout the century.††††††††††††††
--from a loyal fan of Barb's story cards:

I LOVE your stories!

I remember the day I received my first Christmas Story Card in the mail. Most people send cards, Barb composes stories. It was such a wonderful story that I put it away with my Christmas ornaments so I could set it out for others to read the following Christmas.

Just before December 25 of the next year I received a surpise in the mail, another Christmas Story Card had arrived. It was just as exciting to read as the first one. I now have a collection of them and I always look forward to the holidays and the anticipation of the next Christmas Story.

I wonder what the theme will be this year? M.W., Killen, AL

Professional Reviews

Kisses from TwoLipsReviews
"If you love Christmas you will enjoy CHRISTMAS QUILT ANTHOLOGY by Barbara Baldwin. The stories contained within could melt the heart of the worst Scrooge. Don't wait until it gets cold outside to snuggle up find your favorite piece in the Christmas Quilt Anthology.

"Each story is unique and different and like the individual blocks of a quilt when sown together form a beautiful picture of Christmas. Like the pieces that make up a quilt everyone should be able to find a story or poem they will fall in love with. From a mother's love that transcends death to protect her child to Lumberjacks who find the magic of Christmas. From coal mining children who build snow villages to a small child who brings out the love in a bitter old woman.

"My personal favorite was the story of a quilt made with love for a daughter's wedding and the lives it touches as it spans a century of time to end up a treasured find in a city flea market."
Susan, reviewer for TwoLipsReviews
4 lips

Christmas Quilt Receives Praise
"The Christmas Quilt Anthology is a collection...that takes us on a delightful journey through...Christmas memories....All will delight the reader." -- 4 roses
Shara, for My Book Cravings

"Christmas Quilt Anthology is such a special book that I donít really know how to describe it but basically itís about Christmas. But not about Christmas like lots of people know it these days. Itís not about the presents, itís about family values and family spirit. About the real meaning of Christmas, how Christmas should be. Thereís plenty of love in this book. Barbara Baldwin has written a heart-touching book. Reading this anthology made me feel partly sad, but in the meanwhile also partly good. And thatís what makes it so special."
Annick, Euro-Reviews
4.5 Flags

"Christmas Quilt Anthology is a delightful mix of stories that reflect on the precious memories of Christmases past...A wonderful mix of stories and poetry that are ideal to warm even the coldest of hearts."
Lighthouse Reviews
4 Lighthouses by Steve

Fall in Love Again with Christmas
Barbara Baldwin reminds readers of the warmth and love of Christmas within the pages of "Christmas Quilt Anthology."

This anthology is comprised of a several stories, letters, and poems which individually convey the innocence of children, the devotion of parents, and the wonder of a season when miracles happen. Perhaps the most emotionally endearing are the stories, "The Christmas Quilt" and "Once Upon a Christmas Wish." "The Christmas Quilt" takes a tattered quilt and recounts how a quilt made in its entirety with love and imperfections is passed down through the years. The quilt may be barren, but once readers learn its history, it will become a precious gift. "Once Upon a Christmas Wish" details the harsh Christmas one town faces during the Depression and how children are determined to maintain a tradition despite their own lack of gifts.

There are lighter moments throughout the anthology that will have you chuckling and nodding your head in agreement. You will be glad Santa has elves once you read one possible beginning in "Santa and the Lumberjacks". Who hasnít been the grown child that wants the ugly kindergarten ornament removed from the tree or been the parent trying to maintain memories and tradition by hanging the ornament each year. A childís wonder and ingenuity in "The Hungry Christmas Guest" will leave you smiling, while the haunting love of "Christmas Waltz at Bayberry" reminds us all that love is the best gift of the season.

Barbara Baldwinís delivery is a personal, heartfelt addition to Christmas and ensures there is something for everyone in "Christmas Quilt Anthology".
4 Angels
Reviewed by: Amanda, Fallen Angel Reviews

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