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January 15, 2022

How to Stitch an American Dream by Jenny Doan ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

In her new memoir, How to Stitch an American Dream, readers will discover the behind-the-scenes success story of the Missouri Star Quilt Company and Jenny’s remarkable journey to overcome hardship, claim the abundance of family, and ignite the power of giving—all while revitalizing a small town along the way.

Jenny is now giving her fans, the business world, and moms of all ages (and grandmas too!) what they’ve been asking for: the full story of her journey, from her humble beginnings as a homeschooling mom, to founding MSQC in her fifties, through the remarkable success and inspiration she’s so well-known for today.

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How to Stitch an American Dream
October 2021; Harper Horizon; 978-0785253037
audio, ebook, print (240 pages); memoir

I'm not a quilter so I'd never heard of Missouri Star Quilt Company.  That didn't affect my enjoyment of this book which is a real "rags to riches" story.  It's the story of Jenny Doan who went from being an abused mother of two to being the mother of seven and the owner of a quilt company that makes over $50 million a year.  Her story is one of faith and hard work and she is now known as a star in the quilter's world.

When Jenny left her first marriage, she was the mother of one with a second child on the way.  She had endured both physical and mental abuse and left with nothing.  Life was hard for her and the children as she struggled to make ends meet.  After she met Ron, her second husband, they still struggled financially but they were happy and they kept their family happy even as it grew to seven children.  She talks a lot in her book about what she did to make ends meet and feed her children.  She and  Ron moved several times, usually to a dilapidated house that needed renovation but through prayer and a strong belief that God answers all prayer, they managed their lives.  When God told them to move to Missouri, where they didn't know anyone, they listened to him and moved.  In 2008, Jenny started the company.  At first, she just gave you-tube tutorials to quilters and then she began storing supplies for quilters and now it is the main go-to place for quilters,

Missouri Star Quilt's annual revenues are $10-$50 million and has over 400 employees and has revitalized the small town of Hamilton, Missouri now known as the Quilt Town, USA.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

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  1. My mother in law is a quilter, I bet she would really enjoy this one. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours