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Quilting Bee Brides

Quilting Bee Brides is my new sweet romance series, set in Debra Holland's Montana Sky setting of Sweetwater Springs. The novellas and novels will feature heros and heroines in the West in the 1890s. 

Below is a list of the books so far, diagrams of quilts, and a bibliography that will be updated as I have time and as the series continues.

Quilting Bee Brides books

Log Cabin: Erikka, to be released May 2019

Quilt Diagrams

 Please note that some quilt design names have been given to several different designs and that some designs have many names. Also, rearranging the individual blocks before sewing them together can create a quite different look.

Log Cabin quilt blocks (12)


Quilting Bee Brides Bibliography


I give full citations only for antique and vintage books. For  modern books and reproductions of old books, I list only the title and author.

Please forgive the formatting. I will go into the HTML to clean it up later.

19th century
  • How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis
  • How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman
  • The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s by H.W. Brands
  • The Reshaping of Everyday Life 1790–1840 by Jack Larkin
  • Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life 1876–1915 by Thomas J. Schlereth

Black people in the West

  • 1905 Cookbook: Food for Body and Soul by Judy Steiger Howard
  • Fannie Farmer 1896 Cook Book by the Boston Cooking School 
  • Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton


  • History of Dental Surgery, vol. 1, Charles R.E. Koch, D.D.S., ed. Fort Wayne, IN: National Art Publishing Company, 1910


  • The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness, by Florence Hartley, Boston: G.W. Cottrell, 1860
  • The American Gentleman's Guide to Politeness and Fashion; Or, Familiar Letters to His Nephews, By Henry Lunettes. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1864
  • Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home, by Emily Post, New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1922

  • The Ladies' Vase; Or Polite Manual for Young Ladies, 8th ed., by an American Lady. Hartford: H.S. Parsons, 1849

  • Calico Man: The Manny Kopp Fabric Collection by Bobbie A. Aug and Sharon Newman
  • Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800–1960 by Eileen Jahnke Trestain 

  • Decades of Beauty: The Changing Image of Women 1890s–1990s by Kate Mulvey and Melissa Richards
  • Full-Color Victorian Fashions 1870–1893, edited by JoAnne Olian
  • The History of Underclothes by C. Willett and Phillis Cunnington
  • Victorian Fashion in America: 264 Vintage Photographs, edited by Kristina Harris

Flowers and wildlife of Montana
  • American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains by Dan Flores
  • Animal Tracks of the Rocky Mountains by Jonathan Poppele
  • Mammals of Montana by Kerry R. Foresman
  • Montana Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals, no author listed
  • Montana Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals, no author listed
  • Montana Trees and Wildflowers: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals, no author listed

Great Plains
  • Atlas of the Great Plains by Stephen J. Lavin, Fred M. Shelley, and J. Clark Archer

Indians of the West
  • Atlas of Indian Nations by Anton Treuer
  • Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes by Carl Waldman

Landscapes of Montana
  • Damn Montana, Why You so Ugly: 2018 Calendar, photographed by Andy Austin
  • Damn Montana, Why You so Ugly: 2019 Calendar, photographed by Andy Austin
  • Montana: 10 Ultimate Road Trips by the Montana Office of Tourism and National Geographic
  • Montana Landscapes Coloring Book, no author listed

  • On the Backroad to Heaven by Donald B.Kraybill and Carl F. Bowman

  • Montana Then and Now by Aaron Parrett
  • The Mountain Ranges of Eastern Montana: Islands on the Prairie, #13 in the Montana Geographic Series by Mark Mely

  • Favorite Songs of the Nineties: Complete Original  Sheet Music for 89 Songs, editor, Robert A. Fremont
  • The Illustrated Victorian Songbook, compiled by Aline Waites and Robin Hunter

Quilting and Other Crafts
  • 5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone
  • Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing and Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching by Allie Aller
  • Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, compiled by Barbara Brackman
  • Morning Star Quilts by Florence Pulford
  • Natural Baskets: Create over 20 Unique Baskets with Materials Gathered in Gardens, Fields, and Woods, edited by Maryanne Gillooly
  • Needle-Craft: Artistic & Practical, 2nd edition, part of the Metropolitan Art Series,  no author given. New York: Butterick Publishing Company, 1890.
  • The Quilt That Walked to Golden: Women and Quilts in the Mountain West from the Overland Trail to Contemporary Colorado by Sandra Dallas
  • Pioneer Quilts: Prairie Setters' Life in Fabric: Over 30 Quilts from the Poos Collection by Lori Lee Triplett and Kay Triplett

  • Khaki and Red: Soldiers of the Queen in Indian and Africa by Donald Featherstone
  • The British Army on Campaign (4): 1882–1902 by Michael Barthorp
  • The First Jihad: The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam by Daniel Allen Butler
  • The Sudan Campaigns 1881–1898 by Robert Wilkinson-Latham

Women of the West
  • Evelyn Cameron: Montana's Frontier Photographer by Kristi Hager
  • Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie by Lorna Milne
  • Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier by Chris Enss
  • Mary Fields AKA Stagecoach Mary by Erich Martin Hicks
  • Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One's Own by Sarah Carter
  • Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith
  • The Montana Frontier: One Woman's West by Joyce Litz
  • Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West by Chris Enss

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