December 3, 2009 Pathfinder Article
Quilt Book Author Coming To Seeley, Dec. 10


Annie Hanshew, author of a new Montana Historical Society book on quilts, will be at Deer Country Quilts in Seeley Lake on Thursday, December 10 from 10 am to noon to sign copies of Border to Border: Historic Quilts and Quiltmakers of Montana.

Hanshew has masterfully captured the traditional art that requires hard work and an innate sense of practical beauty that warms both the heart and the soul: the art of quilting.

The coffee-table-sized book contains hundreds of color photographs and black and white historic photographs of quilts and the people who made them.

The quilts and the fascinating stories behind them are broken into chapters that fit them into the history of Montana: from Montana Territory, to statehood and settlement, to the hard times of the Great Depression, to modern Montana, to the quilting revival under way today.

Hanshew delves into the history and the fabric of what she calls“snapshots” of births, deaths, transformation, weddings and daily life contained in the quilts.

“They are stories writ small, stories that don’t make their way into history books but are stitched into the seams of Dresden Plate, Grandmother’s Flower Garden and crazy quilts,” she writes in the new book.

Most of the quilts and their histories are part of the Montana Historic Quilt Project. The Society Archives has worked with quilt guilds and individual quilters across the state since 1987 to gather information on, and photographs of, hundreds of Montana Quilts.

Please stop by Deer Country Quilts on December 10 to meet Hanshew and take a first-hand look at her beautiful new book.

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