Inspiration drawn from letters, journals, historical sources, and - essential vehicles of women's storytelling through the years - quilts fills this narrative re-creation of the history of the West from the time of the early pioneers to the present day. The purpose of quilts and the art of quilting provide a window into the lives of these women, their friendships, and their sorrows. Quilts provided warmth and occasionally served as death shrouds during the gold rush years. They were nailed to the walls and floors of rough-hewn cabins of shanty mining settlements. Quilting bees provided a rare opportunity for female fellowship at the turn of the century. The voice of a masterful storyteller brings to life the heroic and heartbreaking stories of generations of women in this sensitive and artistic portrait.
Sandra Dallas is an award winning author and 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.