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About the Author

Kathleen Tracy is an entertainment journalist who has written biographies of a number of celebrities, including the Dixie Chicks, Don Imus, Angelina Jolie and Ellen DeGeneres. She lives in California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place® (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564776867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564776860
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just opening this book draws you into our pioneering past. You will find a mixture of photos of pioneer children and families along with delightful quilts in the fabrics and styles of nineteenth century America on the move.

The excerpt for the diaries by pioneer children will both charm you and help you realize the hardships these children went through. The information in each chapter will get you in touch with what life was like for these children.

But this isn't just a history book. There are patterns for the quilts and other projects that are related to the aspects of pioneer life described. All of Kathleen Tracy's patterns include clear and complete instructions so that even a beginner can make these lovely little quilts.

Some of the patterns would be perfect for a child making his or her first quilt. Others could be a joint mother and child project. But of course grown ups will have a wonderful time making this quilts either for the children in their life, for their doll collection or just for fun.
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This is a great book for the beginner and seasoned quilter alike. The quilts are made with blocks not too small to manage and anyone who likes traditional quilt patterns will find them here!Instructions use modern fast methods for cutting and sewing. The only dissapointment I found was the accounts from the children of the prairie was nothing I had not already read in any other book. But the quilts are wonderful to make as doll quilts or wall hangings.
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What a lovely way to learn about the early American pioneers and also learn how to make some small quilts. Our local quilt group is using this book to produce some miniature vintage quilts, with beautiful results. We are also gaining more understanding of the trials and accomplishments of our ancestors.

The book contains professional photographs and easy-to-follow instructions for 14 quilts.
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Kathleen Tracy's PRAIRIE CHILDREN AND THEIR QUILTS offers some fourteen small 'prairie quilt' projects which feature antique styles and designs of the 19th century. Vintage photos and diary entries from pioneer children accompany this unusual crafts guide to producing vintage-looking items from modern resources.
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I will not restate all the wonderful things other reviewers have said about this book. Indeed, it is fabulous. My daughter and I will be making several of these quilts for her dolls as we read through the Little House on the Prairie series. I simply wanted to mention that it is available for a reasonable price from the publisher. It makes me fussy to see books (some still in print!) marked up to six times their regular price.
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Since I periodically sew doll clothes for my granddaughter, I wanted something different this Christmas to add to her collection, Prairie Children and their Quilts was a great find...I have completed the Friendship quilt adding my own sentiments and used scraps of material from quilts I have made for her mom and aunt...by adding a triangle of Tinker Bell, her favorite character, I'm hoping all the "hidden " memories will last forever..I plan to make another doll quilt from this book, great reading as well!
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I love Kathleen Tracy's books. They have a fun combination of history and quilt patterns, most of which are small enough to let you try a technique or pattern without having to commit to a large project. This book contains excerpts from the diaries of children who were part of the westward movement during the 1800s; photos from that time period are also included. The little doll quilt patterns, while not patterned after actual doll quilts (since not many exist from that time period), contains designs and block patterns that were in use at the time and so give an authentic feel for what the pioneer children's doll quilts may have looked like.

Could you get more historical information from other books? Of course, and in fact there is an extensive bibliography in the back of this book that points you in the direction of more sources for what life was like for pioneer children. However, with this book, Ms. Tracy whets your appetite for learning about the lives of "prairie children", as she calls them, and presents "14 Little Projects That Honor the Pioneer Spirit". Like her other books, this is a fun read that also includes some cute little projects to try. I highly recommend it.
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This is a great book if you like quilting and/or history. Kathy Tracy makes history come alive. Her small quilts are based on Civil War patterns and are quick to make for the parttime quilter. I now have all of her books.
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