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The Quilt That Walked to Golden: Women and Quilts in the Mountain West--From the Overland Trail to Contemporary Colorado Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff member for twenty-five years (and the magazine's first female bureau chief,) she covered the Rocky Mountain region, writing about everything from penny-stock scandals to hard-rock mining, western energy development to contemporary polygamy. Many of her experiences have been incorporated into her novels.
While a reporter, she began writing the first of ten nonfiction books. They include Sacred Paint, which won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler Award, and The Quilt That Walked to Golden, recipient of the Independent Publishers Assn. Benjamin Franklin Award.
Turning to fiction in 1990, Sandra has published nine novels, including Whiter Than Snow, and the New York Times best seller Prayers for Sale. Sandra is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award for New Mercies, and two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass. In addition, she was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Assn. Award, and a four-time finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Award.
The mother of two daughters--Dana is an attorney in New Orleans and Povy is a photographer in Golden, Colorado--Sandra lives in Denver with her husband, Bob.
Top Customer Reviews
But quilts, it turns out, were more than bed covers. They protected wagons, wrapped the dead, bound injuries, and expressed social and political opinions women didn't dare express any other way.
THE QUILT THAT WALKED TO GOLDEN is an interesting read because it reminds us that the saying "where there's a will there's a way," might be trite, but it's true. When pioneer women wanted something, they got it--to the best of their ability, and then left us a wonderful record of their personal and social accomplishments in those magnificant covers.
An experienced journalist, Dallas draws the reader right into these women's stories. Anybody who thought history books were dry in school ought to read this one.
Nanette Simonds adds her own special chapter on contemporary quilting. Fabrics might have changed, but the reasons women quilt, and the uses for quilts remain very similar across time. Kinda comforting, you know?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well-written, interesting book about women in the Old West, and how they carried quilts across the USA in a wagon train, sometimes using them for raincoats, or wind blockers, or... Read morePublished 15 months ago by ChiPommomma
Very interesting and comprehensive history of quilting. Great for a gift.Published 18 months ago by paddycake
A truly interesting book book that brings to life the brave women who helped settle the west. I found it very interesting, how the author told the history of the quilt that... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen W. Miller
The book was interesting, but I wish it told more of the lives of the women who were brave enough and smart enough to wear all their possessions across the country. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Virginia Harte
Everything Sandra Dallas writes is excellent. I buy all of her books. This book is not her usual type, but still okPublished 23 months ago by Jean Kruse