In proud, homespun words filled with memories of ""long-handled underwear"" and cautious proposals, quilters from Texas and New Mexico discuss their work and its significance through theft lives. For most, quilts were a household necessity, but many of these women conceived each one separately and found satisfaction--and some philosophy--in the piecing: ""you have to do the best you can with what you got."" Pictures of the women and local landscapes are included, and the quilts themselves appear--folded over a fence, tacked to a cabin side, or displayed for the photographer. The contrasting designs are appealing, especially juxtaposed with the stories of theft beginnings. A respectful tribute with a strong back-porch flavor.