No Time on My Hands

No Time on My Hands

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by Grace Snyder, Nellie S. Yost
     
 

When Grace Snyder, the matriarch of a pioneer Nebraska family, wrote these reminiscences in her eightieth year, she felt she had been blessed "by having no time on my hands." The story of her busy life begins on the high plains of Nebraska, where her parents homesteaded in 1885. She recalls her childhood in a sod house on a frontier that required everyone to pull

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When Grace Snyder, the matriarch of a pioneer Nebraska family, wrote these reminiscences in her eightieth year, she felt she had been blessed "by having no time on my hands." The story of her busy life begins on the high plains of Nebraska, where her parents homesteaded in 1885. She recalls her childhood in a sod house on a frontier that required everyone to pull together in the face of hostile weather, serious illness, and economic depression but that also held its full share of good times.

"As a child of seven and up," writes Grace Snyder, ". . . I wished that I might grow up to make the most beautiful quilts in the world, to marry a cowboy, and to look down on the top of a cloud. At the time I dreamed those dreams and wished those wishes, it seemed impossible that any of them could every come true." But she saw all of them realized.

No Time on My Hands is a remarkable chronicle of the sod house era and of Grace Snyder’s married life on a ranch in Nebraska’s sandhills. From there she finally flies above the clouds to exhibits where her quilts contribute to a worldwide revival of quiltmaking. Mrs. Snyder lived twenty years after the publication of these memoirs in 1963, to the age of one hundred. Her daughter, Nellie Snyder Yost, who helped to write No Time on My Hands, has added an epilogue to this Bison edition.

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Denver Post
"Snyder’s lengthy narrative is filled with humorous incidents, and she rarely fails to see a light side to even the most dreary event. Still the pathos comes through. . . . We realize Snyder’s importance as a folk artist, an outstanding quilter whose work was shown all over the country."—Denver Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803291645
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
05/28/1986
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
565
Sales rank:
1,153,189
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.23(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading this book for the 4th time in nearly 35 years. It was just as gripping, fascinating and hard to put down as the first time. From a little girl in her first soddy to a rancher's wife in the Nebraska Sand Hills to an internationally recognized maker of amazing quilts, Grace Snyder is the woman I always hoped I would have been in a past life. But I don't know if I would have had her strength and determination to get through all the things her life threw at her. Every quilter should read this book. Anyone interested in our pioneer history should read this book. Anyone fascinated by intense weather should read this book.