In this, Margie Carmichael’s first collection of short stories, ordinary women have extraordinary skills, gifts, and strengths; they are women who live next door or in the distance, shadowed by fear or absence of recognition. Age, race, and culture connect in the timeless fabric of the quilt, with craft, patience, and faith connecting the women through the threads of their diversity.

"Anna" tells of life after residential school; "Irini" reflects on her life in war-torn Afghanistan. In "Tansie," two adults survive childhood abandonment. "Flora Hill" offers insight into the lighter side of love, marriage, and death.

Featuring illustrations by Dale McNevin, the book is a collaboration that began with an original painting and companion poem first published in the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health 2000 Calendar.

Praise for Stories from the Quilt:

After regaling audiences for years with her creative songs, stories, and plays, Margie Carmichael brings her gifts to this marvellous collection of stories to warm the hearts of her readers. Her collaboration with illustrator Dale McNevin makes Stories from the Quilt a collector's item.


-- Frank Ledwell, Island Sketchbook