QUILT HISTORY Sandra Dallas on the Westward Quilt Trail
The Quilt That Walked to Golden,
Take a journey back in time and across America's prairies with bestselling author Sandra Dallas. Preserving a unique slice of the history of the American West, Dallas recreates the arduous westward trail of women settling in the emerging mining and farm communities of Colorado Territory. A master storyteller, Dallas captures the spirit of adventure and drive for survival of America's pioneer women, who often recorded their lives in the quilts and personal documents they left behind. Heart-rending accounts of life and death on the Overland Trail include stories of mothers who lovingly wrapped their children in quilts as burial shrouds. As the land became settled, Dallas describes how sewing bees fueled a growing sense of community and were anxiously awaited social events. Later still, quilting and the friendships it nurtured helped women cope through the difficult days of Depression-era America. After a decline in needlework following World War II, women rediscovered quilting during America's celebration of its Bicentennial--in an unbroken thread between past and present, Dallas tells how today, thousands of Colorado women quilt for pleasure and artistic expression. As a special bonus for quilters, the book includes four complete patterns for traditional quilts.
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