Thursday, July 31, 2014

150th Anniversary State Parks Quilts



In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the California State Parks, the "Quilter's Sew-ciety" of Redding, CA, challenged themselves to design fabric depictions of different state parks.


As a special exhibit in the 2014 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, they were given a small inside courtyard in an annex of shops.

And trust me, this exhibit was a hidden treasure that was not easily discovered!










It was well worth the search and I feel badly for anyone who didn't get to see this exhibit as my photos just don't do them justice!


They were absolutely wonderful!  Thanks, Doni, for telling me about them, and leading me right to them. It would have been hours more and many sets of directions, before I would have found these little gems!




 In Sisters, we were able to view 57 of these fabulous art quilts out of the 150 that were created in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the California State Parks System.






Some of them were hung very high up on the exterior walls, in order to fit so many of them in a small space, and in the glare of the very bright sunlight, and using my phone/camera.








 I was amazed that I managed to get even pieces of the way up high ones. Even on tippety toes, aiming into thin air, I did try my best ;-) But short is short, and high is high! And I really could not even seeing where I was aiming. Oh, they were so much more deserving of these photos!









But as you can tell, these are the kind of quilts, and extraordinary visual beauty of quality of quilts that one really needs to see for themselves.















And fortunately, they do have a website where
all 150 quilts may be seen, and you don't have to crane your neck, or have the sun's glare in your eyes and only see the bottom half of the quilts that I have shown of some of these here!!!







www.150.parks.ca.gov/quilts


Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!

1 comment:

  1. One day I will do some travelling and get to see some of these great exhibitions. Such lovely quilts

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.