GONE TO TEXAS:
QUILTS FROM A PIONEER WOMAN'S JOURNAL
by Betsy Chutchian (Kansas City Star Books)
"More than 150 years ago a pioneer family left a sign on their Kentucky door reading “Gone to Texas."
As did so many of their generation, Robert and Lizzie Carpenter packed
up their belongings and headed West to find a better life. They chose
the North Central Texas prairie to set up housekeeping. And, it was
here, on their newly built homestead, that Lizzie began writing her
journal, which she kept from 1857 to 1882. Chronicled within its pages
are the details of pioneer life—including her deep love for
Lizzie's great-granddaughter, Betsy Chutchian, studied her ancestor's journal, and recreated twelve of the quilts mentioned. Along the way, she learned a great deal about pioneer life on the frontier...and the strong-held beliefs that make life worth living.
(See more, as well as sample pages, here.)
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