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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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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Breckling Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972121838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972121835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For the sheer volume of research and a fascinating read, we recommend this book as our reviewer's choice" -- Patchwork & Quilting, April 2005.

About the Author

Sandra Dallas is the author of The Persian Pickle Club; Alice's Tulips, a finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the Colorado Book Award; Buster Midnight’s Café; The Diary of Mattie Spenser, a finalist for the 1998 Western Writers of America Best Western Novel; and The Chili Queen. She is the author of nine nonfiction books about the West, including Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps and Sacred Paint, winner of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler Award. She is a former staff writer for Business Week. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Povy Kendal Atchinson is a photographer. She lives in Golden, Colorado. Nanette Simonds is the president of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Prize-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed "a quintessential American voice" by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. Sandra's novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for films.

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.

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I love quilting and will enjoy having this book in my library.
E Dog's Nana
As always Sandra Dallas has provided a wonderful well researched resourse book, particularly those who are interested in the fiber arts and history.
Paula
If you like strong, brave women, the old American West, "quilts", and just want to be really proud to be female, this is the book.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Quilt That Walked To Golden is a full-color, coffee-table history book showcasing the lives and struggles of women who faced the Overland Trail to settle the mining and farm communities of Colorado Territory, and especially the role that quilts and quilting had in helping them survive, adapt, and thrive to difficult conditions. From stories of pioneering mothers who wrapped lost children in quilts as burial shrouds, to sewing and quilting circles that offered pleasant ways to socialize and interrupt the incredible lonliness of remote farms and mining camps, The Quilt That Walked To Golden is an enthralling account illustrated with both vintage and full-color photographs. Highly recommended for any enthusiast curious about the history of quilting in America.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Constance M. Gotsch on March 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you like quilting, quilt designs, history, and the American west, you'll be a hog in a mud puddle with THE QUILT THAT WALKED TO GOLDEN by Sandra Dallas and Nordette Simonds. Using photographs, journal entries, pictures of quilts, and quilt designs, the authors present a picture of just how tough pioneer women were. With wagons packed to maximum capacity, many walked west, sometimes wearing all the clothes they owned because they had no room to pack them. When dresses wore out, they got ripped up and saved for quilt squares.

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?
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 30, 2005
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If you like strong, brave women, the old American West, "quilts", and just want to be really proud to be female, this is the book. We have no right to complain about the switch on the microwave, or the too dark toast, etc., makes one feel quilty about the simplicities and pleasure of putting a quilt together today. This book is a "can't put it down" read. The pictures are well worth the cost of the book, THANK you Sandra Dallas.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan Feathers on October 2, 2005
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What a marvelous story! Actually, it is a compilation of stories that are very vividly designed. This is a good history of the West that includes quilts and quilters!

Susie Feathers
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Frank on February 24, 2006
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My wife is an enthusiastic quilter and I bought her this book as a gift. It's full of historical detail, anecdotes, and quilting trivia. It's a very satisfying book, with great photos, quilt patterns, and lots of detail. I recommend it highly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Victoria C. Lamb on October 18, 2005
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Our library has a quilt auction each year and includes a quilt book with each quilt. I chose this book because of its Colorado history to accompany my quilt. I loved the historical theme.
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Lovely looking book for your coffee table or your sewing library. The cover gets you 'in' and there it keeps you. Good quality illustrations and photos. Makes me feel all red, white and blue and I am an Australian. I love American history and this book did not disappoint me. It was a great thrill to see photos of quilts with their actual makers. As a fellow patchwork and quilter I enjoyed it from cover to cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Trickey on August 30, 2006
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This book was recommended to me by Amazon since I buy a lot of quilting books and it's really terrific! The stories are fascinating and the photos really make the book. It is a BIG heavy book, though, but it's definitely worth it!
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