Master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson is hoping for a quiet Christmas tangled as she is in her very modern problems of family dispersed, estranged, or even forgotten. But when her friend Sarah McClure unearths and unfinished Bergstrom family quilt hidden in a box of Christmas decorations, the treasure holds clues to generations of Sylvia's family-from the Civil War to World War ll-and soon Sylvia may be able to see her situation through new eyes, thanks to this very special gift from the past.
As a late-in-life newlywed, Sylvia Compson's present joy is tingled with regret over her past estrangement with her sister-a mistake Sylvia vows not to repeat with her new stepdaughter, Amy, who opposed Sylvia's marriage to her father. Taking up a quilt begun and abandoned years ago, Sylvia titles it "New Years Reflections," intending it to commemorate new beginnings. Can Sylvia bond with Amy, and convince her that family is more precious than pride?