When Minna was a baby, her father carried her into town in a burlap feed sack because she didn't have a coat. Mama had a quilt to keep everyone warm and Papa loved it because it had all the bright colours. He worked at a coal mine and rarely got to see the colours of the day.
THE QUILTING MOTHERS
When Minna grew up, she couldn't go to school because she needed to stay home to help her mother stitch quilts to make money. One summer, papa said Minna was getting big. Minna insisted that Mama needed her to help. Papa replied that he would think of something . But he never did. Papa died soon after.
A lot of people came for Papa's funeral. They all said they knew Papa really well. But they were all wearing black! Why black? Minna wondered. Papa didn't like the colour black at all! He liked bright colours of the daytime!
A group of mothers who had kids in school came to quilt with Mama. One day, they were working on a coat with lots of bright colours. Minna said that she wished she had a coat like that. "Then I could go to school" Minna explained. The mothers said they could patch together some scraps to make her a coat.
When the coat was finished, Minna walked to school wearing it for sharing day, all the other children made fun of her for owning a rag coat. Minna ran into the forest and sat on a log , wishing her father was here. Suddenly, she felt like her father's arms were around her again because of the feed sack. Minna ran out of the woods and back to school.
When Minna got back to school, the kids apologized for making fun of Minna's coat. Minna told them about all the stories in the different rags. Suddenly everyone wanted to touch Minna's coat and realized that how special it is.