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Ho for California!: Pioneer Women and Their Quilts Hardcover – February 16, 1990

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The unoriginal premise guiding this catalogue of "California" quilts (those that were either made in California or brought there by pioneers or their descendants) is that an investigation of these artifacts illuminates social history, particularly that which concerns ordinary women. Thus, reproductions of the 101 quilts are accompanied by brief texts that identify the creator, where possible; the story of the quilt's journey to California; and salient historical data. Readers are left to rummage through colorless minutiae coffey: i took out "attached to each quilt"/didn't seem necessary to me/pk/your cuts and changes are much appreciated/pk in order to find some arresting scraps (that one quilt was stuffed with love letters; that another was fashioned by a seven-year-old). Many will wish that quiltmaker Laury had snythesized her information; hobbyists will bemoan her tendency to omit construction details. But aficionados of this art will not mind--the works themselves are generally stunning, and even Andy Warhol would have appreciated the Pop beauty of a 1930s quilt pieced from flour bags vividly emblazoned with manufacturers' logos.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: E.P. Dutton; 1st edition (February 16, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525248382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525248385
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My take on this book is twofold. I originally bought it because of my love of all things related to quilts but within its pages I found a treasure of another sort.

I teach humans how to thrive more and one thing that is critical to the ability to sustain thriving is resilience. When we know others have survived what we're enduring (and more) it helps us realize that we, too, will get through our trials and tribulations. I was deeply moved at the fact that many of the women described in these pages not only created beautiful quilts that lasted far beyond the end of their lives, but that they managed to do so in a life that often suffered so many blows to the heart.

I recommend this book to my students as a way to help them realize how resilient we can be when we don't give up.

The quilts and history were wonderful, but the greater contribution in my biased opinion is the ability to demonstrate the tenacity that human will can have.
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By Judith S. Speck on December 13, 2013
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It was exacting what I was looking for but it is old and I wasn't sure how hard it would be to find it. I'm happy to have it as
the cover quilt was made by my greatgrandmother, Emma Heller. I now have the quilt to pass on to my granddaughters.
The condition of the book is like new. Thank you.
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By Iola F. Moore on May 24, 2012
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I always have loved California History, and this is one of the best reading. I am sure you will enjoy the stories as much as I did. A wonderful reading.
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