Author to Sign Books at National Ranching Heritage Center on March 15

Marcia Kaylakie, author of 'Texas Quilts and Quilters: A Lone Star Legacy,' will present a talk and digital slide show based on her book at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 15 at the National Ranching Heritage Center at 3121 4th St.

Marcia Kaylakie, author of "Texas Quilts and Quilters: A Lone Star Legacy," will present a talk and digital slide show based on her book at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 15 at the National Ranching Heritage Center at 3121 4th St. Each program will last about an hour; books will be on sale on site, and the author will sign books afterward.

While researching for "Texas Quilts and Quilters," which is published by Texas Tech University Press, Kaylakie, an avid quilt collector, personally viewed thousands of quilts from the Panhandle to Big Bend country, from the Piney Woods to the Gulf before boiling them down to 34 of the richest, best kept secrets of the South. 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.

Most of these quilts will never be exhibited or appear in any permanent record. All Texas-made, they span the state geographically and range from the 1870s to the turn of the 21st 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.

The presentation is free but seating is limited; please call Mary Jo Keeling, Peoples Bank, (806) 794-0044 or Robin Gilliam, National Ranching Heritage Center, (806) 742-0498 for reservations.

For more information on "Texas Quilts and Quilters: A Lone Star Legacy," please visit http://www.ttup.ttu.edu/BookPages/0896726061.html