Border to Border: Historic Quilts & Quiltmakers of Montana

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Montana Historical Society Press, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 223 pages
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For over two decades, volunteers from across Montana registered local quilts as a part of the Montana Historic Quilt Project. The quilts chronicle Montana's history over the last 150 years, telling the stories of statehood, the struggle for women’s suffrage, two world wars, the Great Depression, as well as the recent past. This highly illustrated book showcases the Montana’s best, most unique, and most interesting quilts and describes the life and times of the extraordinary people who made them. Border to Border: Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana is an invaluable addition to quilting literature and to Montana history.

• Over 150 rich, full-color photography of quilts

• Over 50 historical photographs

• Authentic, well-researched histories of individual quilts and quiltmakers

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This lovely Goose in the Pond quilt was possibly the oldest one found by the Montana Historic Quilt Project, and it offered a bit of a mystery to the documenters. The owners knew the quilt had traveled to Montana with Maxine Otis's parents, who came to homestead near Hobson in 1916; other details about the quilt were sparse. Initially this quilt was thought to be made between 1830 and 1850, but these dates conflicted with family tradition that the quilt had been made in 1812. Upon closer inspection, the documenters discovered that the fabric was older than they originally thought, some of it dating to the late 1700s. A second look at the quilt also revealed a date and name buried in the quilting: 1811, Robert McInnis. Soon, additional hints about the quilt popped out of the fabric. An ink inscription appeared stamped in a corner block with the name Sarah H. Jones and the town Erie, Pennsylvania. Robert McInnis's name was also inked into the quilt elsewhere, although by now the "c" and "I" in his name had started to fade. Whatever the bond Robert McInnis and Sarah Jones shared, the quilt was clearly a treasured possession. As reliable permanent ink was not available until the 1830s, the ink inscription was probably added after the quilt was made to leave a lasting record of those connected to it.

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