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Once upon a quilt : a scrapbook of quilting past and present
Aldrich, Margret, 1975-
Publication Information:
Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
"A Town Square book."
Why we love quilts / by Merikay Waldvogel -- Are you a quilting fanatic? / by Ami Simms -- Ruth's crazy quilt / by Sydney Dayre -- An honest soul / by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman -- Mandy's quilting-party / by Anonymous -- Fannie and the Busy Bees / by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis -- Hannah's quilting / by Anonymous -- Alice's tulips / by Sandra Dallas -- The low cost of quilting / by A. B. Silver -- The quilters hall of fame / by Karen Biedler Alexander -- Quilting outlaw / by Lisa Boyer -- Quilts as women's art / by Shelly Zegart -- Starting from square one / by Helen Kelley -- The rose and lily quilt / by Elsie Singmaster -- The Ashley star / by Marjorie Hill Allee.
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TT835 .O635 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Once upon a Quilt is an exciting anthology of stories, essays, and memoirs relating to quilts, quilting, and quilt history. It has something for everyone who makes, collects, and admires quilts.Selections range from the amusing to the informative to the enlightening: "Why We Love Quilts" by nationally-known quilt authority Merikay Waldvogel traces the steps of quilting history in America, musing on the importance of patchwork in our lives; "Alice's Tulips" by best-selling author Sandra Dallas tells the humorous yet poignant story of a newly married young woman who makes a quilt for her husband, an enlisted Civil War soldier; "Are You a Quilting Fanatic?" by quilter and humorist Ami Simms takes a hilarious look at our quilting obsessions; "Starting from Square One" by Quilter's Newsletter Magazine columnist Helen Kelley is a charming essay about passing on our knowledge of quilts to another generation, as Helen teaches her granddaughter the art of quilting. The stories work in perfect tandom with an eye-catching collection of artwork. Color photographs, black-and-white historical photographs, artwork, vintage advertising, pattern booklets, and more are from such talented artists as Diane Phalen, Rebecca Barker, and Warren Kimble.

Author Notes

Sandra Dallas graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in journalism and began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week.

While a reporter, she began writing nonfiction which 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 Association Benjamin Franklin Award.

Turning to fiction in 1990, Sandra has published a number of novels including Buster Midnight's Cafe, Alice's Tulips, and Prayers For Sale. She 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 Association Award, and a four-time finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Merikay WaldvogelAmi SimmsSydney DayreMary Eleanor Wilkins FreemanCarolyn O'Bagy DavisSandra DallasA. B. SilverKaren Biedler AlexanderLisa BoyerShelly ZegartHelen KelleyElsie SingmasterMarjorie Hill Allee
Introduction: Once Upon a Quiltp. 9
Chapter 1 A Time to Quiltp. 13
Why We Love Quiltsp. 15
Are You a Quilting Fanatic?p. 21
Ruth's Crazy Quiltp. 29
Chapter 2 Pieces of the Pastp. 37
An Honest Soulp. 39
Mandy's Quilting-Partyp. 51
Fannie and the Busy Beesp. 61
Chapter 3 Patchwork Hopesp. 71
Hannah's Quiltingp. 73
Alice's Tulipsp. 85
The Low Cost of Quiltingp. 97
Chapter 4 Threads of Changep. 103
The Quilters Hall of Famep. 105
Quilting Outlawp. 115
Quilts as Women's Artp. 123
Chapter 5 Quilts Everlastingp. 133
Starting from Square Onep. 135
The Rose and Lily Quiltp. 141
The Ashley Starp. 151