As we are traveling this summer I was wondering how I would cope with my passion for quilts and the designing of them. No problem in the inspiration department!! We haven’t even gotten to Alaska, our ultimate destination and I am thinking about possibilities that would remind me of the trip. This first posting is inspired by the granite and ponderosa pines of the Black Hills area that give way to grassy plains home to buffalo and prairie dogs along with various other wildlife. Below is the first design, Black Hill Pines.
I was surprised to explore the Wind CAve National Park exhibit and find small art quilts representing the National Parks and their 100th anniversary. The quilters are a group from Nebraska that are “friends of the parks” and decided to make the quilts, contacting the park service to see if they were interested in displaying them. Obviously they were and the display will be on the move. At Wind Cave in June, at MtRushmore in July and the ranger didn’t know after that. Perhaps they will be in the parks that are depicted. If you visit any of the national parks this summer or know more about this exhibit look for them. As an art quilter it was delightful to see the various techniques used to depict the scenes. They are very nicely done with that personal memory from the artist and I apologize for not having a name associated with each one. I did know one of the artists, Sheila Green, having met her at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE and done some work related to her work with NE elementary students on the role of quilts in the days of the pioneers. I did a similar guide for Iowa quilts. Enjoy the few photos I took.