After her Aunt Teza’s test results turn out to be inconclusive, Dot
Cooper resolves to raise money for a new mammogram machine, through the
creation and auction of a magnificent, king-sized quilt to be sewn by
the women of Jefferson City.
Dot’s efforts quickly draw the
support of disparate members of the community, including newcomer Beth
Donnelly, married to a local pastor, Elaine Giovanni, the stylish wife
of a local surgeon; and an ailing Aunt Teza. But as the four different
generations work the squares of the quilt, they are also confronted with
ragged pieces of their own lives.
Though the women could not be
more different on the surface, they hold in common quiet suffering
triggered by painful circumstances: the death of children, the
abandonment of husbands, the loneliness of depression. Yet their
struggles will bring them closer together than they ever could have
anticipated, and their lives will be dramatically changed, as together
they experience the curative powers of The Healing Quilt.