Try it on Tuesday: Comfort and Devotion

Kansas City Star recently sent me a copy of “Comfort and Devotion: A Quilting Tribute to Nurses of the Civil War” by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith to review.  I have a love of nurses..partly because my daughter Kalissa is thinking about being one and partly because I have several friends and relatives that are.

As with many of the Kansas City Star quilt books, this book features snippets of history intermixed with lots of great quilts.  Nine different nurses stories are featured in the book.


All of the quilts in the book feature great Civil War reproduction fabrics.




There are eight quilts in the book along with a wool pillow.


It’s a great quilt book that you are sure to enjoy.

If you would like a chance to win the book, just leave a comment here saying if you have a nurse in your family.  We’ll pick a winner next week.

Did you see the post about our daughter Kalissa and indecision about nursing school?

70 thoughts on “Try it on Tuesday: Comfort and Devotion”

  1. I do have a nurse in my family. My favorite one is my daughter Stephanie. She is a nurse at Chapel Ridge Nursing and Rehab in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. When she was going to LPN school, she said the only thing she wasn’t looking forward to was the clinicals in the nursing home. Now she has worked in one for 6 years and she is a great one.

  2. Hello,I am a RN and so is my daughter and her daughter>a family of Nurses!
    Thank you for your blog,inspiration+this giveaway!

  3. My oldest daughter is a Rn.She new she wanted to be a nurse even as a little girl.In high school she worked in the summer at the nursing home where her grandfather was. She is working on her masters right now. She should of been a doctor instead of nurse. Shes a brain.And she didn’t get that from me. That came from her dad.My brain has quilting on it.

  4. My grandmother & 3 aunts are all nurses. I also have a dear friend who is a nurse. It does come in handy to be surrounded by nurses. If I have a medical question all I have to do is pick up the phone and ask. I am thankful for all of them.

  5. My mother is a Registered Nurse. I remember going to the hospital at 11 at night cuddled up in the back of our station wagon in a made up bed with my 3 sisters to pick her up sometimes. Oh for the good old days!

  6. I worked as a registered nurse from 1988 until 2001. I am not able to work any more as a nurse due to poor health. Give my best wishes for Kalissa’s nursing career! Encourage her to finish her program. She can always go on to be an EMT or a registered nurse after she gets her LPN. Then she can work as an LPN as needed to bring in money to further her education and give her experience at the same time.

  7. My mother became a LPN at age 46!! We were all so proud of her. Also have cousins, nieces and many friends who are or have been nurses. Now at the age of 70 I realize I should have been a surgical nurse. I’m still fascinated by the surgery aspect.

  8. My mother was a nurse. Also had an aunt who was a nurse. Two cousins who are nurses, and two cousins who are doctors. Good luck to Kalissa. Thanks for the chance to win, Hot Crossed Buns looks like fun.

  9. My sister is an retired LPN, and my niece is a RN and another an LPN. Looks like a very interesting read as well as great patterns. You go Kalissa.

  10. My mother was a surgical nurse, working in Rochester, MN after WWII. I worked as a non-medical manager in the same hospital where I was born and my first office was across from the room that served as the nursery where I would have stayed as a baby. History is powerful stuff. Thanks for sharing this book with us. It reminds me of many nurses I knew who were amazing quilters during those days when I worked at the hospital.

  11. My grandmother and aunt were both LPN’s. What a cool tribute (the book) to those who worked tirelessly to provide care and comfort. Thank you for the chance to win.

  12. My youngest sister is a nurse in Indiana and I have a niece who is a nurse in Virginia. thanks for the chance to win the book

  13. Yes I do have a couple of nurses in my family. My niece is a nurse and my cousin is. This book looks lik it is a great book and I love that it has historical information in it.

  14. My father’s first cousin was a war nurse (WW2 not civil lol) and everyone wanted me to be one since I was named for her. I resisted. My mother signed me up for the LPN course and I lasted half way before they said I didn’t have a bedside manner (too shy to talk to my patients). Fast forward 30 yrs and I am now working as a CNA in a nursing home and loving it. Turns out my mother was right, they always are. I was too stubborn to see it.

  15. I have several RNs in the family and 3 cousins in nursing school. My 2 best friends are RNs. I am a lab tech, but work in the substance abuse field now. Being a nurse is challenging, but a very worthwhile occupation. The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. My grand niece is in nursing school and I’m a retired occupational therapist. Tell Kalissa nurses rock! They are the ones who know what is really going on with patients . It is a challenging career but very rewarding. Tell her to finish her degree. She’ll never be sorry.

    Thaks for the chance to win the book! Looks great!

  17. My aunt and cousin are retired nurses. I remember my aunt studying to get through school with four children at home to care for. She thought it all worth it.

  18. VeronicaK Kersting

    This book sounds so interesting! ! I’ve been a nurse for 44 years. Enjoyed it immensely. Now I’m retired and loving it!! Would love to win. Thanks for the give away.

  19. My sister-in-law is an R.N. I thought about becoming a nurse when I was in high school, but changes in my family forced me to choose another path. I have always regretted the fact that I didn’t become a nurse and now health issues won’t allow me to pursue it.

  20. My aunt was a nurse but had to quit because she became allergic to the supplies that you need to handle as a nurse. My sister-in-law worked as a pediatric nurse and my niece is a nurse also. Thanks for the chance to win the book it looks wonderful.

  21. Dang no nurses in my family, but our good friends’ daughter is a nurse and she’s almost like one of ours, does that count? Thanks for the chance to win the book it looks so interesting!

  22. My Daughter is in Nursing program after raising her Daughters- So Proud of her and the commitment to finish . Have Daughter in Law also a Nurse, thank you for the Chance to win

  23. No we don’t have a nurse in the family. Funny enough, I tried the nursing program after high school and it was too tough for me. Especially the math (shots and dosage..). Didn’t make it through the first year. But I can quilt!

  24. Cindy Wienstroer

    I have a sister who has a doctorate in nursing. She helped get car seat rules for infants in Missouri as part of her master’s degree.

  25. Do I have nurses in my family. My sister, my daughter in law, my friend Pam .my grand daughter so I can say I love nurses, your daughter is going into a wonderful field that helps all people. Good for her, may God keep her on course and help her through it all.

  26. My first cousin is a nurse practitioner. It sure is great having someone in the family that we can go to for “medical advice”…

  27. Charlene McCullough

    The book sounds fabulous. Love reading about the Civil War. My Mother was a nurse, so is my niece, and my daughter is in the medical field. I have a great respect for the nurses. All the things they have to through. Mom was a geriatric nurse at a VA hospital. Thanks for the chance to win. May you and Family have very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

  28. My mother was an Army nurse during WWII (Germany& France) and a nursing instructor. Oh the stories she would tell once you got her started. Now I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, EMT and retired Army nurse. Two of my cousins are also nurses – and now my daughter has also joined us in this wonderful career choice. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

  29. I am a RN coming up on 50 years next Sept and we are having a reunion in Stratford Ont Canada which should be fun to see my old friends.

  30. I have two nurse’s in my family. My daughter and her husband are both nurses in the Omaha area. So proud of them, they love their jobs!

  31. My brother-in-law is a nurse and my mother and aunt were nurses. They do the really hard work and deserve our thanks. Good luck to your daughter as she figures out the path she’s meant to follow.

  32. My parents had 2 girls when they decided to move to
    Des Moines so that my dad could go to med school. My mother put dad through school while raising a family. My dad was a dr. and I always felt that he was a “horse and buggy” dr. He made house calls even in the middle of the night…and took phone calls all the time regardless of the time of day. I do have an aunt who is a nurse. I also have a cousin-in-law that is a nurse. I am a board member for our local hospital auxiliary, also.

  33. Jennifer Collard

    My cousin Wanda is a nurse who worked in a cancer ward, My aunt Alice was a head nurse at a VA hospital, her husband was a nurse in the psych waqrd, and my daughter worked as an LPN for the Med-SURG floor of a hospital close to here in IN. Poor girl changed to a rehab place and burned out so badly she quit and builds engines now.

  34. Catholic Bibliophagist

    We have no nurses in our family, but I was a caregiver for my husband when he had cancer and Ilearned how to to do a lot of medical type things for him. It’s amazing what you can do when you have to!


  35. I have been a registered nurse for over 36 years and continue to enjoy my work. I would recommend nursing as a profession for Kalissa, I also have a sister and future daughter-in-law who are nurses. My other passion is quilting so I know I would enjoy this book.

  36. No nurses in my family, but would love to win this book. I love Civil War history and the quilts of that time. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  37. I have a step-daughter in nursing school (3.5 years down, 1.5 years to go) and a step-daughter in school to become physician’s assistant (7.5 years down, 1.5 years to go!). Lovely book, thank you for the giveaway!!

  38. I have a cousin who’s a doctor & my sister-in-law works in hospital administration, but no nurses in my family. Thanks for the chance to win.

  39. Susan Blumenshein

    Long long time ago~My grandmother was a nurse for the TB Hospital in Gooding, Idaho. My mother was a caregiver for 3 years in her late 70’s. The rest of us became teachers, but many of my former students are nurses :) I sure do love Civil War history and thank you for the chance to win.

  40. I don’t have anyone in my immediate family that are nurses — but lots of teachers. However, many of the women I quilt with have had nursing careers and some are still active in the nursing profession. I’ve also noticed that many doctors (mostly female) are involved with quilting. I like the historic stories in the Kansas City Star books.

  41. My mom is a PA now, but was an RN as I was growing up. My aunt and her daughter, my cousin are both nurses. . . my mom is a quilter, but I am not thinking I want to give up the Nurse Quilt book because there are so many cool quilts in that book! Oh! wait! Santa Claus is watching me! I will consider giving it up. . . maybe. Like this is the first year I would be on the Naughty List????? :)

  42. My niece is an RN and her husband is a doctor.. Several nieces are home health care aides. My mother-in-law was an LPN prior to her death. She went to school as an older student and was very proud of her accomplishment

  43. I am a registered nurse at a hospital. My oldest daughter is also an RN and my sister is an RN. I have 3 cousins who are also RN’s. I would love to win the book, it sounds great!

  44. We don’t have a nurse in the family, but way back (during WW2) my mother was one. That was in the days when nurses had to leave the profession once they got married. How things have changed.

    The book looks great and I hope I am eligible to win as I live in the UK?

  45. We have never had a nurse in the family until my niece Rebecca started her training. We are so proud of her. They do a wonderful job, right through all codes. You never know when you may need their help. Thank you for the opportunity of winning what looks to be a beautiful book.

  46. I love Kansas City Star’s books! This one looks wonderful. And anything to do with history and quilts is my passion. Thanks for the sharing about this book and possibly winning it.
    Take care.

  47. I absolutely LOVE Kansas City Star and their books. I have alot of Nurse’s in my family. Aunts, cousins, Great niece, and alot of friends. I cannot thank them enough for all they do!!! We have also met alot of super nurses through the years from having to need their skills when my son was critically ill. I would love a quilting book that shares insight from the past!! Great giveaway! Good luck everyone. We all want to win! Hug a nurse!!

  48. My Mom was a Navy Nurse at a Washington D.C. hospital, I am a retired RN. I am interested in reading the histories of these early nurses and the quilts. thank you.

  49. My daughter, Kayla, is currently taking the pre-reqs for nursing school. I also have a sister who is an LPN and a niece who is a RN – also, my niece’s father went back to school while in his 50’s and has now become an RN! A very noble profession!

  50. It looks like a beautiful book, like so many other Kansas Star books. My husband’s cousin is a nurse, and my niece’s half-sister is one also. Not close relatives, but as close as it gets for me!
    Your daughter needs to follow her heart on that decision. If she becomes a nurse and it doesn’t work our for her, she can always do something else.

  51. Paulette Daniels

    My mom died suddenly in 1999. She had always been my sister’s champion, urging her to go back to school, even tho they lived in a hill community far from colleges and she had 4 boys. My sister did go to nursing school after mom died. College an hour away during the day and working at a hospital as an aide at night in the evenings, an hour in the opposite direction from her home. She did this for years after her boys were all nearly out of high school. She graduated with honors near the top of her class. With all this, she still found time to make beautiful quilts for new babies and Christmas gifts and keep up with her local guild. She now works at a VA hospital in Texas. I have always been proud of my little sister Barbara, the nurse.

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