Quilts Among the Plain People

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Imagine raising six spirited kids on a grass farm. Today. Thatrsquo;ll test any mamarsquo;s strength. Dorcas Smucker and her brood live out their days in full view in this collection of musingspicking blueberries while watching for bears hoping for angels driving off the nearby freeway moving into the ldquo;thousandstory houserdquo; enduring 15yearold Mattrsquo;s lecture on respect while captive in the car. Then there was the fourweek road trip which Dorcas says ldquo;My sisterinlaw warned me would be like putting your whole family in a bathroom and staying there for three days.rdquo; Dorcas and her husband Paul are purposeful parents. But they arenrsquo;t perfect. Dorcas wonders if their marriage can endure when she and Paul canrsquo;t ever figure out what gifts to give each other. She tries to navigate her mild daughterrsquo;s development into a very certain self wondering ldquo;When do I give in and when do I stand firmrdquo;There are no recipes here. But there is story upon story. Dorcas has three daughters and three sons. And she has a voiceencouraging doubting entertaining but never taking herself too seriously. Often slightly offstride and with disarming humility Dorcas keeps finding resource in her life at home ldquo;Often the things we donrsquo;t know we need come into our lives without knocking.rdquo;

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I thought there would be more quilt patterns and not so much reading about the amish people. Read full review


Beauty Among the Austere
Amish Quilts From Long Ago
Contemporary Patterns

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About the author (1981)

Rachel (Thomas) Pellman is a Lancaster County native, the youngest in a family of three sisters and six brothers. She is presently manager of The Old Country Store in Intercourse, Pennsylvania. The store specializes in quilts, fabrics, and other quality hand-crafted items. A seamstress and quilter herself, Rachel appreciates the painstaking effort and care involved in quiltmaking.

Joanne Ranck also grew up in Lancaster County. She graduated form Eastern Mennonite College with a degree in English. She and her husband, Douglas Dirks, are presently living in Victoria, British Columbia. They plan a term of overseas service under Mennonite Central Committee in the immediate future.

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