This title is winner of Violet Crown Award, Writers League of Texas, 2008. For more than a decade, Marcia Kaylakie traveled Texas from the Panhandle to Big Bend country, from the Piney Woods to the Gulf, discovering thousands of quilts in towns from Alpine to Austin, Dimmitt to Dallas, and myriad other Texas communities large and small. Hidden away in closets, trunks, and attics, the quilts Kaylakie found are not only heirlooms but also, owing to their histories, irreplaceable emblems of Texas heritage. This book showcases thirty-four quilts. Through them and their stories, the cultural development of the state unfolds. Most will never be exhibited or appear in any other permanent record. All Texas-made, they span the state geographically and range from the 1870s to the turn of the twenty-first century. As examples of what Texas quilting was and is as craft - and as cultural narrative - these quilts preserve a unique and compelling aspect of Texas history.
Marcia Kaylakie is a quilt collector, teacher, judge, and certified appraiser. Her lectures and workshops feature antique and vintage quilts from her own collection as she shows how American quilts reflect social, political, and economic history. She also teaches quilt care, conservation, storage and documentation.Janice Whittington, who has taught English and writing for more than thirty years, is author of the poetry book Into a Thousand Mouths and coeditor of The Waltz He Was Born For: An Introduction to the Writing of Walt McDonald.Jim Lincoln and his wife, Judy, have photographed for numerous quilt calendars and books, including America from the Heart America Remembers 9/11, Celebrate Great Quilts, I Remember Mama, and Imagine That!"