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The Goodbye Quilt

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  1,834 ratings  ·  348 reviews
Linda Davis's local fabric shop is a place where women gather to share their creations: quilts commemorating important events in their lives. Wedding quilts, baby quilts, memorial quilts ? each is bound tight with dreams, hopes, and yearnings.Now, as her only child readies for college, Linda is torn between excitement for Molly and heartache for herself. Who will she be wh ...more
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Elizabeth Wiggs
Granted, I have more than a little in common with Molly (okay, in case you don't recognize my name, Susan Wiggs is my mom and the daughter in the book was based on me - right down to being a snarky little a-hole to her mother sometimes). But even if my mom hadn't written this book, I would have been touched by it. Her tale of a mother and daughter parting ways rings so true, probably because she wrote her first draft when she was driving me to college. The emotions and conflicts faced by both Li ...more
Sometimes I will say about a book "It was exactly what I expected when I picked it up" and when I picked up this Susan Wiggs novel, I pretty much figured that even if I didn't say that in this review, I would be able to. I was wrong. Instead of a book that was a sweet pleasant afternoon diversion I got a book that touched my heart. Maybe it is because like Linda, I have a child on the cusp of adulthood (though unlike her, I have a six year old, and many more years of motherhood to go).

I loved e
Dale Harcombe
The story of The Goodbye Quilt is simple. Linda Davis is driving with her eighteen year old daughter, Molly, as she goes off to college. While sharing the journey, Linda is trying to finish of a quilt that includes remnant of special dresses and outfits that are part of Molly’s life over the years. Linda is a mother who has devoted her life to her husband and daughter, with no career but just what she calls ‘dabbling’ with part time work, some of it at the local fabric shop.
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Linda Davis and her daughter, Molly, are driving across the country on their way to drop Molly off at college. Their road trip is supposed to be a final mother/daughter bonding before the break that will launch Molly into a new world and new experiences. While on the trip, in order to pass the hours, Linda works on a quilt for Molly. It is made up of scraps from her life; pieces of material that encapsulate every important-and not-so-important-time in Molly's past. What Linda doesn't count on is ...more
I absolutely loved this little book! The Goodbye Quilt is a heartwarming story that also makes you think about yourself, as a wife and mother, and as a person. What is especially wonderful is that it does so without being preachy or pedantic.

Since I have started blogging about each book I read, I have found myself reading with a part of my mind on my review. I will notice particular things that strike me as especially good or bad, and will find myself stopping at particularly quotable sentences
If you are in the process of sending a child off to college, absolutely, do not read The Goodbye Quiltby Susan Wiggs. You will drown in tears. This story is from the mother’s point of view as she takes her only child across the country, to college. Linda relinquished her dream of college after marrying Dan and giving birth to Molly, focusing her life on Molly. Still, through the years, she picks up many hobbies, settling on quilting as her favorite. Now the quilt shop appears to be closing, and ...more
Deborah Blake
This book was so filled with heartfelt emotion it was almost as hard to read as it was to put down. Everyone who has ever raised a child and sent them out into the world will resonate with every word on these pages. Be prepared to cry at the end--but in a good way. This books is a supurb addition to an already supurb author's collection.
As a fan of Susan Wiggs, she did not disappoint me with The Goodbye Quilt. I loved this heartwarming sentimental story of a mother and daughter journey ... it brought many memories of times I spent with my mom over the years. This was a quick read, I read the book in one day, it was so good I just couldn't put it down. :)
Laurie Little-Watkins
Linda and Dan met when they were young at a bar. Shortly after meeting they married. A short while later, along came their beautiful daughter Molly. Linda put off her college education so she could be a full time Mommy. She decided her child needed her then and she would later finish her schooling. That time never came. Linda was very protective of her daughter, as most mothers are. Somewhat overbearing at times. She constantly made suggestions on what Molly should do, she was more of the ogress ...more
I'm hovering between a 1 & a 2 on this thing.

On the one hand it has a nice little commonplace experience -- only child leaving the nest/mother freaking out. I liked that. The story was "everyday boring", but touching too.

The typos bugged me (okay there were only two but still - I spent a good hour puzzling over "silver thumbring"). BUT the biggest jarring problem for me reading this book is that I grew up in Southwestern Wyoming. I know all about the area and I know that the author doesn't.
Linda, a quilter, bemoans the closing of her local quilt store, which coincides with her only child going away to college. During the four-day drive across the country to her daughter's prestigious east coast university, she works on the finishing touches to her "goodbye quilt," lovingly crafted from scraps of fabric salvaged from many years worth of cast-off family clothing and other memorabilia. While Linda has planned the quilt as a patchwork of events mapping her daughter's life thus far, ul ...more
Linda Davis can not believe her grown daughter; Molly is heading off to college. Linda does not want Molly to leave. Linda is not ready to say goodbye to Molly, so instead she decides to drop Molly off at college. Linda also comes up with the idea of making a heritage quilt for Molly as a keepsake. Linda and Molly head off for an adventure that they will never forget.

The Goodbye Quilt is a heart-warming, sweet, fun, quick read. This book is the perfect weekend read. Mothers and Daughters can re
Marcia Berg Haskell
"Linda Davis’ local fabric shop is a place where women gather to share their creations: quilts commemorating important events in their lives. Wedding quilts, baby quilts, memorial quilts each is bound tight with dreams, hopes and yearnings.

Now, as her only child readies for college, Linda is torn between excitement for Molly, and heartache for herself. Who will she be when she is no longer needed in her role as mom? What will become of her days? Of her marriage?

Mother and daughter decide to shar
Sharon Lippincott
Any mother of a daughter will find something to relate to in this sweet, introspective novel. The primary setting is the ancient family Suburban station wagon as mother and daughter travel from western Wyoming to some undisclosed top-notch university near Norman Rockefeller’s home in Massachusetts. Linda Davis’s daughter Molly, an only child, was awarded a full scholarship to this august institution, but is torn at having to leave Trevor, her first true love, who is a union worker in the log hom ...more
The Goodbye Quilt details the meaning of motherhood for one woman; of what it means to love, to sacrifice, to let go and to believe. A scrap of fabric here -memories, a thread there -wisdom, each knot -hope and dreams, make up the tangible pieces of the quilt. For Linda Davis, making the quilt is as much a therapeutic process, as it is a piecing together of her life.

Linda is about to see her only daughter off to college, in another town, another time zone even. As she readies for this momentous

Linda is bringing her only child Molly to college on the East Coast from Wyoming. Along the trip she is trying to finish a quilt for Molly’s dorm. It’s like a crazy quilt (which I have done and enjoyed!) with material pieces and embellishments taken from articles that represent something of Molly’s life. As Linda is working on the quilt she flashes back to fond family memories and sentimental times. The story also follows their adventures driving cross country and deals with Molly’s decision ab
Regina Spiker
Linda & Dan Davis's only child, and daughter at that, Molly, is ready to head off to college - clean on the East Coast. Linda has been been piecing together a lovely quilt of Molly's life - articles of clothing, badges, ribbon, and whatnot. When Linda decides to drive Molly to college, from their MidWestern home across all those miles, she decides to take the quilt with them and hopes to finish it along the way. Many memories and emotions are tied into the quilt and the trip becomes quite a ...more
Nicola Marsh
I started this book yesterday and finished it today, between screaming deadlines, so that explains how much I enjoyed it.

I don't cry with books. Movies, yes, books no.

Linda Howard and Barbara O'Neal are the only other authors to ever make me cry and I can now add the talented Susan Wiggs to the group.

I bawled.

She has an amazing gift for tapping into a reader's emotions, by giving her characters realistic motivations and situations we can all identify with.

Even though my kids are young, I could e
If you are entering the phase of being an "empty nester" or are living your life in the "no children" left at home stage, you will definitely relate to this book. You will say "ouch" when the daughter has better insights into what is really going on in specific discussions and you will cheer when the daughter casually lets her mom know she was the "cool mom" and was important to her. The quilt is a "comforting" way to walk down memory lane, understand the past, and anticipate the future with the ...more
I gave this book 5 stars for what it meant to me without consideration of what it might mean to the next reader. It was a very powerful book for me. I, too, am facing sending my daughter (my youngest) away to college this summer. She also will be going from the West (Nevada) to the East (DC) for school. I had not yet finalized plans for getting her there. But now I want to take her. We are close. I don't quilt. I wish I did. But it isn't necessary to enjoy this book. So many parallels for me. Th ...more
What a beautiful book -- every mother, especially mothers with daughters need to read this. Molly is going off to college and Linda is making a quilt for her to take to college. She calls it "the good-bye quilt." It has bits and pieces and scraps of all the events of Molly's life, and Linda's too. Even though I didn't make a quilt for either of my daughters when they went of to school, the feelings Linda describes and the wondering if you taught them enough really hit home. It was kind of neat t ...more
It took me a while to start enjoying this book. At first I thought, "O.K. so this is a book about you and your daughter." And it was a bit tedious. But by the end of the book I really liked it. She does bring up quilting quite a bit in her writings, but I finally figured out that it's somewhat symbolic of her life and her perspective, which her daughter acknowledges at the end.

This is the story of a mom and her daughter as they go on a road trip to where the daughter is going to college. My hea
About novella length. About a woman coming to terms with her daughter leaving home to go to college. One of those "feel good moralistic" stories with almost perfect families. May be of interest to quilters - there is a small pattern for a quilt at the end the one the mother is quilting through the story. Reminded me of a short story in a women's magazine. Pleasant but not great. Something to read while waiting for a train that doesn't require too much thought.
Molly is headed for college and she is driving cross-country with her mother to get there. As they travel her mother, Linda, works on a quilt to celebrate this new chapter in Molly's life.
The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs is about loving and letting go, something that every parent must do at some point. The quilt is a collage of material blocks that symbolize moments from Molly's life. LInda has a bag of messy swatches of fabric to use in the quilt. A purple piece of cotton covered in black lace
This was a great book for mothers and daughters. I loved the way Susan Wiggs weaved Linda and Molly's lives together and yet separated them. We each have our own living and growing to do but it's a wonderful part of the plan that we get to do some of it with our beautiful daughters and moms! And there was the quilt...the memory quilt that turned out completely different than Linda planned it.
I loved this book! Being a quilter I understood what the mother was doing with her quilting. I saw my daugher and myself in about every page when I drove her from our home in Illinois and left her at the freshman dorm at the University of Tennessee where she knew no one. This book is about mother/daugher relationship and the letting go that happens when they grow up. I give it★★★★★’s.
Ok - this was one of those books that comes along at just the right time. As my "baby" prepares to graduate high school in June I couldn't resist buying this book. I had tears in my eyes several times throughout the book. I know it was because I was just a little too close to the subject at hand! I'm sure I will adjust to my empty nest within the next 20 years!
This book hit me pretty hard. The main character has an only child who is a daughter. So do I. She was driving her away to college and would be an empty nester upon return. I already think about this and I have 5 years until it happens to me. Her concerns are things I think of all the time. I thought this book was very heartfelt and true to life.
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A Recommended Read. The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs is a touching novel that is thought-provoking and bittersweet. Linda and Molly’s journey brings them closer together as secrets are exposed, and their relationship deepens. To read the rest of this review, please visit
Katy McBryan
This is a really good book for anyone who has ever sent a child off to college or has gone off to college leaving their parent(s) behind. You may not drive them across the country but you still have the same feelings and emotions. It was very enjoyable and an easy read. I highly recommend this book.
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