Reading Group Guide
1. Reverend Sam Kinkade follows his conscience, even when that "still small voice" leads him places most people don't want to go. Can you sympathize with Sam's decisions even if you don't necessarily agree with them?
2. Elisa Martinez has reasons not to trust anyone. Can you imagine a life so secret that you can't reveal even the simplest things about yourself, even when you are falling in love?
3. The Shenandoah Community Church finds that its attempt to welcome Latinos to the community creates controversy in the congregation and town. What did you like about the church's attempts to assist these new residents? What didn't you like?
4. Elisa discovers the story of another woman "running" from danger, this time before the Civil War. Some historians believe that quilts were used on the Underground Railroad to tell escaping slaves that a house was a safe haven on the road to freedom. Does this seem plausible? Do you know other signs that were used along the way?
5. The women of the Shenandoah Community Church Wednesday Morning Quilting Bee and Social Gathering find friendship and acceptance as they quilt together in their "hive" each week. Women have always gathered in groups to work and play. What makes such a gathering special? What groups are important in your own life?
6. Quilts are more than a bed covering. Quilts are imbued with the choices of the quilt maker. Pattern, color, fabric, size, style, type and workmanship all go into making each quilt special and unique. Have you seen a quilt pattern, like Elisa's endless chain quilt, that spoke to you the moment you glimpsed it? Do you have a quilt in your life made by someone special? If not a quilt, any handmade item that you treasure for more than its appearance, for the story it tells?