Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Greetings from South Dakota

The name of my blog inspired the idea for the art quilt above. When I started my blog I thought it would be fun to treat my blog entries like postcards to friends and family members. This is a continuation of work for our local Art Quilt group. We are working from "Art Quilt Workbook" by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston. One of the first activities in the book is to recreate a photo using fabrics. The buffalo in this quilt was reproduced from a photo taken at Custer State Park. I decided he (or she?) would make a great postcard. I surrounded the buffalo with photo transfers of postcards that I collected from our travels and two vintage postcards from my grandmother. The vintage postcards are actually souvenir folders. Each includes 20 photos of the area. They were published in the 1930's. Postage to send these was 1-1/2 cents.

I have two more quilts completed and a 4th to start and finish before the mail goes out on Saturday. These mini quilts will be on display along with others from the Wisconsin Quilters Inc. Guild at the Madison Quilt Expo. Dates for the show are September 11th - 13th.

This quilt is called "Iron Mountain Road".

Here is "Roots in South Dakota" completed.


annette emms said...

Hi Chris.These quilts are great! I love artwork that has a story.
Those postcards from your grandmother must be fascinating.
Could you tell us more about the pictures on the second quilt?

annette emms said...

Ooops! I completely forgot to say 'Hope the show goes well!'

Chris' Greetings from the Shady Grove said...

Hi Annette, One of my treasures from my Grandmother is a book she wrote for her children and grandchildren. They are the memories of her childhood from the early part of the 20th century. I'll share more from her book later in the year. The other quilt is from the Iron Mountain Road. It is a incredibly scenic drive through rock cut tunnels and on old wooden bridges. It's a drive not to be missed!

Lynn said...

My husband has roots in South Dakota too or maybe it's North Dakota...not sure and he's not home to ask right now. But we go there in the summer to Deadwood...Rapid City...now You know which one it is....LOL

Lynn said...

And the memory quilt is lovely. This is one of my favorite kinds to make. It makes the one who receives it very very happy too, and/or it's a wonderful family heirloom for handing down later.

Lynn said...

Great job on the buffalo too. I imagine the post cards are transferred to cloth here? I do love Custer State Park. We have been up front and personal with many buffalo there. One year I had a wild burrow stick his head in the car and go nose to nose with me...I dearly love the long horn rams but haven't seen any the past two visits. I hear they got sick and many died out. So sad.