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Route 66 Challenge Quilt~ My Art Show Entry
My Route 66 Challenge quilt...all designed and hand quilted by me. This is my most treasured quilt. I had given it to Dad several years ago, shortly after I made it. While caring for him, I found the quilt all folded up in a drawer. I felt as if I'd found a long lost child!
I'll be entering this quilt in our church's art show this Saturday, even though I won't be there. I'm so sad to be missing it! Shona of An Artful Life hosts this at her home every year. It's part of our annual Reformation Festival. I usually set up a Ladies' Medieval Tea Outdoor Tea Room with my friend Laurie. But this year we will be in Galveston at the Texas HoeDown (square dance convention).
This is the first quilt I ever designed completely myself. It is all hand quilted except for the diner cloth, which my friend, Margie, machine quilted, due to the fact that I was running out of time. (5ft x 6ft) (Click on quilt to see larger view.) The inspiration for this quilt was this piece of fabric which I cut apart and appliqued in various places on the quilt.
It was less than a yard of fabric. Out of 24 very experienced quilters who were regulars at the Quilt Impressions store in Sugar Land, Tx....22 voted for my quilt. I'd only been quilting a few short months!
The Jack Rabbit Billboard in Joseph City, Arizona.
That's when I knew that some day, when the kids were older, I was going to start designing my own quilts or wall hangings. I couldn't paint and sculpt like Dad...(how I wanted too!), but I 'saw' pictures in my mind and discovered that applique was my method and fabric was my medium.
A Map of Route 66 across the US
I spent several days researching all the exciting stops along the way and picked the ones I liked best from each state. Then I made applique pictures of each landmark.
The Big Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma
The Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Illinois
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Tx.