Sunday, July 13, 2014

California State Park Quilts

One of the exhibits that my daughter, Ashley, definitely insisted we visit was 57 of the quilts depicting California State Parks 150th Anniversary made by the Quilters Sew-ciety of Redding, California on display at the Don Terra Artworks Courtyard at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this last weekend.  She loves the National and State Park systems and would love to one day be employed by one of them. 

These ladies did a fantastic job capturing the beauty of their state parks
I loved the foggy, filtered sunlight coming thru these trees at Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Quilt by Kimberley R. Heaps

Being a bear lover, I love the top right hand one by Fay Leighton featuring Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the one in the top left depicts Bale Grist Mill State Park by L. Molter

Each of these ladies did an outstanding job creating a pictorial quilt of a favorite state park.

Aren't these just amazing

These quilts will be touring this summer and if they come to your city they are worth viewing

I loved this one.  The thread play on it certainly helped bring it to life.  I loved how the waves over the snorkeler made it really look like he is in the water and the water was so crystal clear you could see him perfectly thru it.
We both loved the state park signs in some of realistic and perfectly captured in thread
Another one with a group of bears...albeit a little too close to the tent for comfort if you ask me
Another one with a fantastic job of thread play, those mountains are just covered in it.  I definitely need to play with this art medium.
Ashley is delving into art journaling and she has been picking up supplies recently and it is pulling me again into how exactly to tackle a mixed media art project with fabric and paint so I picked up some decolorant and some Jacquard textile paints while at The Stitchin' Post.  While these quilts are not exactly mixed media they do start you thinking of all the possibilities of creative play with fabric that one can do...when one finds the time.  Right now I am quickly falling behind on my to-do lists but I guess Fall and Winter are a great time to both catch up on projects and start new ones.
Keep Stitchin'


  1. WOW!!!! I hope they visit near me. Those are gorgeous. Is there a schedule for them?

  2. Thank you for showing us this magnificent exhibition. I don't think I've ever seen so many quilts!

  3. Looks like a fantastic exhibit! Unfortunately I doubt it will come to my town.

  4. I don't understand this technique. Are these pictures painted on fabric and then highlighted with some stitching? Or are they made up of pieces of fabric to create the picture. At any rate, I am in total awe! Thank you for sharing.


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