pages, hardcover with jacket
150 photographs, 20 color drawings
ISBN: 0-9721-2183-8 $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-93333081-7-3- $19.95
feast to be savored by quilt lovers and history buffs alike."
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.
Little-known journals record the day-to-day trials of frontier women,
who would sometimes rely on their skills with a needle to help scratch
out a living. Letters home tell of sewing and quilting circles that
provided momentary release from the isolation of remote farms and mining
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. Revealing that quilts and
quilting traditions serve as an unbroken thread between past and present,
Dallas tells how today, thousands of Colorado women--and some men-quilt
for pleasure and for artistic expression.
The Quilt That Walked to Golden is beautifully illustrated with colorful
quilts from the collection of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Wonderful
vintage photographs of early Colorado and of women quilting bring the
rich needlework traditions of the American West to life. As a special
bonus for quilters, the book includes four complete patterns for traditional
Dallas is the award-winning author of The Persian Pickle
Club, Alice's Tulips, Busters Midnight Cafe, The Diary of Mattie
Spenser, and The Chile Queen, as well as several non-fiction
works on the western trail and frontier America. Nanette Simonds
is a respected quilt historian.