Karen Asherman
Saratoga Springs, New York, USA

I live in Saratoga Springs, a small Victorian city in upstate NY. Saratoga is known for its mineral springs, thoroughbred horse racing and an interesting and colorful history. During a short period each year the town is all about horses and racing. I chose to focus on that month and my quilt depicts a detail of some of the old ironwork at the thoroughbred race track. In the spirit of a travel poster, here's a link to some interesting information about Saratoga Springs.

In August, It's Horses
20" x 13-1/3"
detail

Lynn Chinnis
Warrenton, Virginia

This area of Virginia is known as horse country and is the setting for several spring and fall Point-to-Point races. Although suburbia is marching outward, there are still many famous and not so famous horse farms; and the countryside is still beautiful with rolling hills sweeping west toward the Blue Ridge mountains.


Horse County
Postcard (4"x6")

Gerri Congdon
Sonoma Wine Country

I have lived in the Sonoma Wine country for 6 years, in the Valley of the Moon. The valley is covered with vineyards with a backdrop of oak covered hills and mountains. I love the geometry and graphic quality of the vineyards. I have attempted to represent this in an abstract design. Hot air balloon rides over the vineyards is a wonderful tourist attraction.

8" high by 12" wide

Stacey Conover
Sedalia, MO

The composer Scott Joplin spend a few years in Sedalia, MO at the start of his career. While living here he composed _The Maple Leaf Rag_. The maple leaves that comprise the background of this fabric were all taken from the maple tree in my front yard. They were then scanned into the computer to create the fabric. Sedalia started out as a railroad town in the middle of the 19th century. The Katy Depot was restored recently, and serves as a museum for our town. Bothwell Lodge sits on a bluff north of town. The home and grounds are open to the public, and provides many beautiful trails to explore. The State Fairgrounds are also here in town. Every August the city is full of fairgoers who enjoy the hospitality of our wonderful city.

This quilt was made by printing onto silk, layered with cotton batting and backing. Machine quilted.


Rails, Trails, Ragtime, & The State Fair
19.5w x 29.5h

Phyllis Cullen
Chico, CA

Artist's statement : Rancho Chico was an early 1800s land grant to Annie and John Bidwell. Their mansion is a state park. Annie deeded Bidwell Park to the town. It is a wild and wonderful place, the second largest city park in the US (after Central Park, NY), and was the main reason we moved here 30 years ago and never left! What fun to memorialize it n fabric and thread.

Annie's Legacy
34" x 51"

Michelle David

Material : cotton, batik, tulle
I took a trip to Mendocino via Route 1. The landscape was stunning. This was inspired by a photograph I took. I wish I lived there. So this is my dream hometown
.

On the way to Mendocino
16" x 24"

Jane Davila
Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA

Cotton fabric, origami paper, thread sketching, Shiva paintstiks and Lumiere paint. One of the most famous landmarks in my town is the Cass Gilbert Fountain, affectionately known as the Turtle Fountain for the four sprouting brass turtles that reside within the lower basin. Architect Cass Gilbert lived in Ridgefield and is most well known for having designed the US Supreme Court building. Constructed in 1915, the fountain was obliterated by a drunk driver in a Hummer in 2004 and was re-built to the exact plans of the original using marble from the same Vermont quarry.

Turtle Fountain
4" x 6" Postcard

Marylee Drake
Auburn, California, USA



Auburn, California is nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills 40 miles east of Sacramento. It has historical significance as one of the early gold discovery sites over 150 years ago. On the banks of Auburn Ravine, Claude Chana discovered gold during the gold rush. Auburn is the county seat for Placer County and the courthouse built in 1894 is a prominent feature of the cityscape. Auburn is also well know for 100 mile foot races for horses and humans alike and is gaining recognition as the Endurance Capital of America (maybe the world!!). This is my little town!

I love doing photographic interpretations using commercial and hand dyed fabrics and thread painting. Sometimes you have to stand back and squint but that is the fun of it.


Above the Fog and Below the Snow!
24" by 18"

Jamie Fingal
City of Orange, California, USA


My city began in 1869. In 1873 farmers began planting orange groves.

My city is large, but has a small town feel to it. The center of our city is Old Towne -- a traffic circle with a fountain, and many restaurants and terrific antique stores.

In the year 2002, the city had a "motto" contest, and everyone voted that mine was the best. Henceforth, the name of my quilt.
www.cityoforange.org/

A Slice of Old Town Charm...Orange
12" x 18"

Lauren Fureymoore
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

I had originally planned on doing the historic Warwick Courthouse in Newport News, Virginia. Then my sweet little nephew, Miles Mason Claar, was born on February 2 with a beautiful homebirth. Then he tried to breath. Needless to say, he was rushed to the other side of Hampton Roads to Norfolk, Virginia where the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is located. We have spent so much time on that side of the water in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, that my plans changed and I decided to highlight the ocean and seaside, along with the wonderful caretakers at the hospital. Miles has about one more week and then he'll be able to go home. The mermaids are also on the piece as there are sculptures all over the city that individual artists have decorated. This is a very meaningful piece to me and someday I hope to donate it to the hospital

Welcome to Norfolk, Virginia
17" by 26"

detail

Virginia Greaves
Oxford, Alabama, USA

I live in a small town in the South. I grew up in Alabama knowing that I would one day move away to an area where there would be more -- of everything. When I went to college, I realized that the south was my home, and although I didn't fit into the stereotype of a Southerner -- this was where I would plant myself. Now I live in a smaller area than where I was born, and although it doesn't have a lot of things, it is a perfect place to raise my children. We have lots of yellow butterflies, geese, ducks, deer, blue skies, lakes -- and there is room to breathe here. So I do have more here -- just different from what I wanted originally.


Oxford, Alabama
24" x 36"

detail

Delores Hamilton

Whenever I think about moving to a larger house so I can have a proper studio, I immediately realize that I love living in Regency Park. It's a huge park with a lake, an outdoor amphitheater (Black-Eyed Peas played there recently), and several walking trails called Greenways here. At each end of the park are small housing developments, mostly upscale homes (mine is not among them, unfortunately), and at the other end are office buildings and a few motels to support the nearby hospital. I love waking up to birds singing each morning--I rarely hear any traffic--and there are still an abundance of fauna and flora here.

Virginia Hanley
Ukiah, California, USA
I grew up in foggy northern California, then lived for nearly 30 years in the fog of San Francisco's Sunset District. When my children were grown and I could retire, I sought out a location where the sun shines. Since Ukiah is "haiku" spelled backwards, I wrote a haiku honoring what I love about living here.

This is Ukiah
6"x4

Ginger Henkel
Stayton Oregon USA


I enjoyed trying to discover what was important to "image" about where I live. I am very proud of our house which we built, 10 years ago, mostly with our own hands. We planted part of the property we live on with 500 Asian pear trees that are espaliered and
these rows of sculptured tress are a strong visual statement. The Jordan bridge is a landmark and representative of the many covered bridges in our area. I used many surface design techniques, image
transfer, and free motion embroidery to express..."where I live"

Where I Live
30" x 20"


Liz Hinze
Portland, Oregon, USA

Linda J. Huff
Algonquin, Illinois, USA


Algonquin is one of many towns in Illinois that lies along the beautiful Fox river in what is known as Fox Valley. When we first moved out here I did on occasion actually see a few fox. So depicting the Fox river seemed only natural. Just below Algonquin Road in the middle of town, there is a spillway on the Fox and I like to watch the water tumble down this miniature waterfall. The fabrics are handpainted by the artist and the piece combines hand and machine appliqué.

Fox River Valley
14" x 21"
detail

Jan Johnson
Northeast Nebraska farm country

Living in a very small farming community and on a farm myself I felt it important to depict the many colors one can see in the rural countryside. I wanted to show the rolling hills with their many colors and patterns from planting that when viewed from a hilltop look like a quilt themselves. Corn grows tall undulating up and down with the hills. Fenceposts, some with downed wire rim the fields. Along these fencerows grasses, weeds, and a myriad of wildflowers, especially sunflowers grow. From the right vantage point you can stand in the shade of oak trees that will frame your view.


Northeast Nebraska View
24 " x 33 "
detail

Jan Johnson
Northeast Nebraska

Several years ago the Crop Reduction Program by the agriculture dept. of the federal government paid farmers to put erodable fields into native grasslands. Some are still around today. Throughout the seasons these native grasses change colors and add a beauty of their own.

Also, there was a Sunday morning news program with Charles Kuwalt called 'Sunday Morning America'. Usually once monthly Roger Welsch from Nebraska appeared on the show and talked about a special place in Nebraska. His spot was titled "Postcard from Nebraska", so I felt I must also send everyone on the quilt list a modern "Postcard from Nebraska."


CRP Grasses
4 " x 6 "

Susan Johnson
Eugene, Oregon, USA

I have always loved the look of the old travel posters. When I saw this challenge, I just had to do it. Eugene is a one hour drive from the mountains and a one hour drive from the Pacific Ocean, and it is rainy. Perhaps, because of all the rain, people really take advantage of the great outdoors when it isn’t raining. There are so many outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, camping, running and just hanging out in one of the many, many parks in this beautiful green town. Eugene is also the home of the University of Oregon. It is a great school for art, architecture, business, science and sports. Like many other college towns Eugene and the U of O both attract a lot of cultural events; music, arts, festivals, plays, storytellers, public speakers, operas, musicals, ballets…..you name it.. It is a laid back, casual sort of town with a great “feel” to it. In the last 10 years or so, Eugene has also been “upgrading” it’s look (U of O has too); new library, new government buildings, park improvements, new downtown rejuvenation project and improved public transportation system. Lots of people are choosing to move here and the one’s that are already here aren’t interested in leaving.

It Stays Really Green When it Rains in Eugene

Holly Knott
Marcellus, New York, USA

Marcellus, NY, whose actual town motto is “Marcellus, NY – A great place to live,” is a rural, hilly area of upstate NY. Located just northeast of the easternmost Finger Lake called Otisco Lake, Marcellus is beautiful in all seasons. Plenty of dairy farms can be seen on the rolling hills, and Nine Mile Creek runs through the town. I couldn’t decide which season to portray so this travel quilt highlights the town in 3 of them, with spring and summer combined.


Marcellus, NY – A Great Place to Live
16” w x 24” h
detail

Marcia Ann Kuehl (aka MAK)

This perspective of Capistrano Beach, CA is looking southward from Doheny Beach. The hills, sand beach, and ocean seems to stretch forever. A lone surfer is out for the morning. This part of Southern California beach front is not often publicized. My hope was to capture its quiet beauty.


Sue Lemmo
Clearfield, PA

Synthetic Burnout with Seta Color and Yo-yos

The biggest tourism draw where I live in Central Pennsylvania is the great outdoors. Whenever someone talks about moving south for warmer weather, they almost always add that they would miss the four seasons. So this became my inspiration for this quilt combined with the tree image based on the work of Gustav Klimt. The yo-yos added a bit of whimsy for me which I desperately need during our long gray winters.


Through the Four Seasons I Look to Blue Skies
20”x30”



Naomi Lloyd
Rensselaer County, NY

You come across them as you walk in the woods, the
remains of old gravel pits long ago excavated and
abandoned. Nature reclaims them with the
humblest weeds, sumacs, chicory and wild grapes.

 

A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
36"l x 24"w
detail

Jeanelle McCall
Lufkin, Texas

Lufkin is located in a pine forest in East Texas. It is a community filled with beauty.

I asked a horticulture professor at one of our colleges if there was a flower unique to this area. I found out that the Hibiscus dasycalyx, the Neches river rose mallow, is now down to three tiny communities in East Texas. This flower makes a home around the edges of sunny depressions in the often-flooded bottomlands of the Neches river. So that was what I wanted to
depict.

I've shown the flower in dark shadow at the edge of the river. The green bottom land near the river is full of rich nutrients and colorful growth. The bluish lavender in the background is not mountains, but a thick forest of pine trees.

This is a place of beauty and mystery. I hope you enjoy this tiny peak. This is my first attempt to make a quilt and it was a blast to do. When I made this quilt, I didn't have a sewing machine. It was all done by hand, but now I am the proud owner of a wonderful machine and having a blast learning about the art of quilting.



Pine Forest of East Texas
17" x 25.5"

Gayle McKay
Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania


This travel poster is the first art quilt I ever made. I participated in the online Travel Challenge done as part of the QuiltArt list.

Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania is a small rural town.in Western Pennsylvania. The most common industry in the area is dairy farming. As I drove around the area to decide what to portray on my poster, all I saw was cows and corn.

The ear of corn is dimensional, done in beads, yarn, fabric and tulle. The barn is embroidered on my embroidery machine. The cow is felt and fur.

This was a wonderful challenge for me to participate in. It has kick-started my creativity and I have continued to pursue art quilting with a passion.


Sandy Lake Travel Poster
18"x27"

detail

Katherine McNeese
Williamston, North Carolina, USA

Rural eastern North Carolina: agriculture and small towns. This is where I live. Snapshots turned into postcards. The are fused to Fast-to-Fuse, just like the postcards we are making and mailing. I had all 30 line up in pretty rows (my high school yearbook editor would have been proud; I followed all the rules), then Rascal, my Siamese, re-arranged them. I liked it better, and thought that less was more! There are pictures of the Big Events: Christmas parade, the ag center, and pictures of the little things: the farm across the street, and the bears in the tree next door!

Where I live: postcards from Martin County, North Carolina
20" x 30"

Cynthia Morgan
Boulder, Colorado


What brought me to Colorado is the mountains. The Rocky Mountains in springtime with lush, fresh green, colorful wildflowers and blue skies is my definitive Colorado.


Springtime in the Rockies
19" x 27"

Jan Patterson
Springfield, IL

I joined the travel challenge before my work schedule went wild, and wasn't able to completely finish my quilt. The picture doesn't show the unfinished edges. I also had a lot of trouble getting something out of my head and into cloth. I didn't want to do another portrait of Abraham Lincoln, we have enough of those. So I did something very simple to show the expanse and openness of the prairie and the farmland, put a house and a couple of trees, some blue sky and some layers of mesh and cheesecloth for the green grass. This was a lot of fun!

 

Louise Perrin
Gull Lake, Saskatchewan Canada

I am inspired by the endless landscape of the rolling
prairie and blue skies that gives SW Saskatchewan it's wonderful character. Connie Kaldor said it best in
her song, Sky with Nothing to Get in the Way. It's
what I love about living here!


Rolling Prairie, SW Saskatchewan
4" x 6" (postcard)
detail

Leila Pitchford-English
Baton Rouge, La
.


This challenge formed just days before Katrina hit my state. While I finished my design very early, Katrina and Rita put out power at my house for 10 days, tripled drive times in town and created many other stresses. I didn't get to start sewing until February. Days later, we learned that my mother's cancer has returned with a vengeance and a poor outlook. My mantra became, "Don't worry about making it great: Just finish the quilt." So my quilt isn't as nice as I wanted, but it is finished.

It features the "New State Capitol," an Art Deco tower built by Governor Huey P. Long, finished in 1932. It also has the "Old State Capitol," a Gothic-style castle from the mid-1800s. Mark Twain called it the ugliest building on the Mississippi River. (After seeing photos of his home, he didn't have room to talk.)

Both capitols are situated between two Mississippi River bridges. The "Old Bridge" is from 1940 and takes U.S. 190 across the river. The "New Bridge" is from 1967 and takes I-10 across the river. I portrayed a portion of the new bridge on the quilt.

For the bottom of the quilt, I considered having Tigers and Jaguars to represent the city's universities but settled on shrimp and crawfish to represent the other thing we are known for: FOOD.

One night while finishing the piece, I was filled with admiration about my city and its response to Katrina. Half the households in Baton Rouge housed family, friends or strangers fleeing the storm. About 80 percent of households in Baton Rouge volunteered during the weeks after the storm. While neighboring towns have made it difficult on many people needing housing, most people in Baton Rouge continue to say, "Where else are they going to go?" and "What if you needed lots of help?"

State Capitols and Seafood
detail


Liz Plummer
Newport, South Wales, UK

The most famous landmark in Newport, where I live, is its Transporter Bridge, a legacy from its industrial past. There are only two other such bridges in the UK and seven in the world, not all operational. It has a suspended platform on which cars, cyclists and pedestrians go, which is then pulled across the River Usk on cables.

I have been playing with layering sheers on top of painted calico to depict the rainswept streets of South Wales, so I decided to use that as a background for my travel postcard. Because our prevailing winds are westerly, we get a lot of rain!

Industrial legacy
6" by 4"

Barb Pozek
Kimberling City, Missouri, USA
One of the major features to this part of Missouri is Tablerock Lake with it's several miles of incredibly rocky shoreline tucked neatly into the equally rocky Ozark Mountains. This lake is the natural attraction in the area, but it's Branson's Music Shows that typically draws people to the area where they are pleased to discover the beauty and friendliness here.

My town is on what's termed around here as "the quiet side of the lake". It caters to all the watersports, but especially fishing. The community cares about the water quality and keeping the shoreline clean with an annual shoreline clean-up held in the Spring.

My quilt was made using commercially printed cottons, raw-edged strip piecing with yarns couched to create the water. hand painted rocks appliquéd in the foreground.

Tablerock Lake
16"x 24"

Klara Schafler-Landesberg
Haifa, Israel

I live in the Bay of Haifa at the foot end of Mount Carmel, an old city with modern buildings, an international port, a small airport, a beautiful Bahaian temple and picturesque gardens. A big industrial district, it is a beautiful place where Arabs, Christians and Jews live in harmony.

Do come visit! Haifa welcomes you!

22"x33"
detail

Meena Schaldenbrand
Plymouth, Michigan

Plymouth, a suburb of Detroit, is ideally located between Detroit and Ann Arbor. The first settlers arrived in Plymouth in 1824.

The Monopoly type game board in the center of the quilt shows that Life is Good in the Community Chest. The Chance cards show Construction Ahead for the roadwork as well as the new construction and the community’s fast growth.

Kellogg Park is the very heart of Plymouth.

The right side of the board includes Plymouth’s East- West area : Napier, Ridge, Beck, Sheldon, Main Street, Lilley, Haggerty, I 275, and Eckles . The bottom of the board includes Plymouth’s North South area: Five Mile Road , M14, North Territorial, Ann Arbor Trail, Ann Arbor Road, and Joy Road.

Places of interest include: The Plymouth Historical Museum, lots of shops, Post Office, Dunning-Hough Public Library, Plymouth Cultural Center, Mayflower Center, Plymouth Township Park, Compuware Sports Arena and the Plymouth Whalers Hockey. Other highlights include the Plymouth Community Arts Council and the Plymouth Symphony.

Winter: Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular, Hockey, skating at Compuware Sports Arena and the Plymouth Cultural Center. Sledding, skating outdoors the Township Park.

Springtime: Farmer's Market

Summer: Fourth of July Parade, Art in the Park, Music in the Park, Classic Cars, the Drive In, Benchart, Golf, Walking trails, picnics, baseball, fishing, and SprayScape.

Fall: Fall Festival... chicken dinners, barbecues and carnival rides, apple picking.

Scarecrows in the Park


Celebrating Life in Plymouth, Michigan
35" x 52”

detail

Peggy Schroder
Sweet Home, Oregon USA

Sweet Home is located in the foothills of the Cascade mountain range at the edge of the Willamette Valley where fir trees stand tall. Salmon, steelhead & trout fishing is abundant in local rivers and surrounding lakes. We live on the Santiam river and most summers my husband and I float down the river in our raft. It takes two hours to drift four miles which ends at our backyard. Along the way we pass this little cabin that sits on the bank of the river. It has a sod roof which was the first thing that caught my eye. The main house that sits on the same piece of property was on our local garden tour last spring, along with our own house. Anyway, this gave me the opportunity to view the cabin up close and photograph it. I think this setting shows our area for what it is and yes, this really is "Home Sweet Home".

Drifting down river is such a peaceful experience. We see hawks, watch geese fly over our heads, hear the squeals of osprey & watch blue heron snatch its next meal. Geese and ducks cross our path, usually with momma in front showing her goslings how to maneuver the currents of the river. It can be so quiet until .the water guns come out!

The South Santiam
29 1/4" x 20 3/4"

Susan Shie
Wooster, Ohio


Whole cloth painting on fabric. Beginning design and colors airbrushed on, then airpen drawing and writing with fabric paint. Machine crazy grid quilted. One row of hand sewing inside edge of border. One Green Temple Buddha Boy bead. One Peace Cozy appliqué.
Wooster, Ohio is one of those energy meridian intersections. The three main Native American trails in Ohio cross here, and Wooster was selected by the men who surveyed Ohio in the early 1800s, as the place they would settle in. We have the largest Amish population in the world in our county and the next one south of us (Wayne and Holmes Counties), and we're a Nuclear Free Zone. Less than 30,000 people live in Wooster, here in the bottom left corner of Northeast Ohio's gently rolling farm land. It's friendly and peaceful here.

Wooster was chosen as an All American City in 1975; a Nobel Prize winner, John Compton, was born and grew up here; and the first Christmas Tree in the Midwest was in Wooster. We were the world headquarters for Rubbermaid for over 50 years, and without them now, we're still thriving. My favorite places in Wooster are shown in this piece, along with a map of downtown Wooster: my friend Early's antique mall, Uptown/Downtown; The Parlor; The Food Co-op; The Big Picture; The Art Center; our house; Laura's Shoe Store; Matsos' Greek Restaurant; The Courthouse; The College of Wooster; and former Rubbermaid. I wrote stories off the top of my head, about each place, and also about some of the adventures my family and I have had there. I threw in some Wooster history, too. We even have an art gallery right on the square, where a bank used to be, The Gallery in the Vault!

I wrote a little book called "My Own Private Wooster" a few years ago, and made a quilt to go with it. It's a tour guide of Wooster, and I think this new quilt is another aspect of that book. I could make a big quilt about each one of so many places. There are tons of good stories about this town. Jimmy and I both grew up around here and know lots of wonderful folks. It's a place you don't get tired of.

Greetings from Wooster
50"h x 75"w
detail

Connie Simon
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

My idea of a travel poster is advertising the place you live and enticing people to come visit. Luckily I live in a place where people do want to visit. I started with the ocean picture and used several layers and at the end melted some of the top layer to give it some depth. Next I did the volcano, in this one I started with black and orange paper and added many more layers. My next thought was how to put it together and what Hawaii means to me. In the end I added the words because the feeling of Aloha is very much a part of the islands. I am a beginner art quilter who is trying to come up with her own style.

21" by 31"
detail

Janice Simpson
Marquette, Michigan, USA

 

I chose to use fabrics that shows a little view of some of what you will see when you visit Marquette, a four season vacation.The Post-cards at the top are photo’s I took of Marquette’s down-town, Washington Street. Marquette’s red light-house is an ink tracing and water-colors I put on a piece of muslin. A popular spot for photo’s any season on Lake Superior's shoreline. And then a photo post-card of the Marquette Post Office. And the message side of a post-card sent to my sister:
Hi Jennie, Wish you were here….
Lots to do …fishing , hunting, swimming, snowmobile,
Dog races, tennis, hockey, sailing, quilting, shopping,
Eating out, concerts, plays, theater. Love Jan

Only a sample of what you might find in our
Beautiful Marquette, Michigan

 

Marquette, Michigan The Cool City

detail

Sandy Snowden
Bracknell, Berkshire, England


Bracknell has many little gems that are often
passed over, even by the residents. After thinking about all the ones I would like to make a poster for, I chose South Hill Park, as it is local to me.

The grounds are lovely with the lakes and the green areas enjoyed by young and old. The house is full of life and character whether as a place to enjoy musical performances, see a play in the Wilde Theatre, or experience the opportunity of learning how to create your own art. I chose to take photos of different aspects of South Hill Park that I feel reflect its charm. I am particularly drawn to the outdoor sculptures; modern, historical and even natural. I printed the photos on cotton and fused them down. I then used invisible thread to quilt them. I hope this poster will encourage others in my neighbourhood to recognize what we have on our doorstep. During the time I was making this, the town has given more funding to South Hill Park to give it a lift and enable even more community events to be held there.

 

South Hill Park: Art for the Community
8" x 12"

Heidi Stegehuis-Ihle
Old Roman Bridge of Maastricht

My hometown is 2000 years old. The roman bridge and the tower are medieval. A wall was surrounding the city at both shores of the Maas. Trajectum ad Mosam is the Latin name and means: only at this place river is shallow so that horse and men can cross the river.

My town is the most beautiful place in my country. Come and have a look.

Trajectum ad Mosam
36 x 24 cm

Priscilla Stultz
Fairfax, Virginia, USA

The estate is called Blenheim and is located in the small city of Fairfax in Northern VA. The house was used as a hospital during the Civil War for Union troops. Fairfax changed hands several times during the war. In the attic are sketches and notes on the wall s and ceiling left by the solider during their stay. This hospital was used as a recuperating place before the soldiers went home or back to battle. The city purchased the estate several years ago and are in the process of renovating it, before it can be opened to the public. The project started as a photo I had taken of the house. I print it on fabric and thread painted the photo. I took artist freedom and changed the entrance slightly, but it still looks like the landmark.


Blenheim
8x12 inches
detail

Adri de Vries Tadema
het Bildt, Friesland, the Netherlands
I live in a polder in the very north of Friesland,the Netherlands, in a county called het Bildt. it is made by men... what was started 501 years ago.

Allthough we are a small piece in the country,(10.000 persons) we still have our own dialect, a combination of Frisian and Dutch.
There is a statue for all the hard workers through the ages, called the slikwerker.

I have tried to catch him in self-painted fabrics. I also depict a scenery with acres, lying ready to put in the potatoes.,in the background a farmhouse. I only used self painted and dyed fabrics.

The county-crest was digitized and embroidered by machine This is my first wall hanging quilt, my second quilt ever......

het Bildt, Lând út see
105x 75 cm

Carol Thompson
Pana, IL

Pana, in Central Illinois, is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to show that in my quilt. The large block is Corn and Beans, which I think is appropriate because Pana is surrounded by fields of corn and beans.

The logo is the official logo of our sesquicentennial and the postcard pictures are from the special plate made to commemorate the event.

Postcards from Pana
18” x 27”

Christine Thresh
Bethel Island, CA
I live on an island in the California Delta. We have beautiful sunsets here. The little quilt is machine pieced, hand appliquéd, and hand quilted. The sunset sky is a hand-dyed fabric which I purchased at a quilt show.


Delta Sunset
detail

Naomi Weidner
Benton County, Oregon, U.S.A.

This is the first challenge I've participated in. I began with digital images of Mary's Peak and the courthouse, and used printed fabrics and thread to create the representations. For embellishment I used free-motion stitching to create the trees that I appliquéd.

Benton County is nestled in the Willamette Valley between the Coast and Cascade mountains. Mary's Peak is the highest point in the Coast Range. The Mary's River flows from the Coast Range into the Willamette River. Important agricultural products include Christmas trees and grass seed. The Courthouse (the second on this site) was built in 1888.



Heart of the Valley -- Benton County Postcard
4" x 6"
Sylvia Weir

In late September 2005, Beaumont Texas was devastated by Hurricane Rita. We lost our entire power grid and many of our beautiful trees. It was hard to concentrate on making a poster about our area but I decided to focus in on some of the remaining elements.

Beaumont is an oil boom city with Spindletop, the first oil well in continental US in 1901. The gusher is re-enacted every year, last year President George H. Bush attended. The city was also built on cattle and railroads criss-cross the city. Beaumont also boasts of some of the best Art Nouveau buildings and turn of the century homes.

The travel poster features an element taken from the grill work of one of the windows of the Kyle Building, on the National Historic Register, and photo transfers of Lamar University, historic homes, and the local gardens. The fabrics used range from ticking and denim to satins and silks representing the cross of traditions.

The small card features a cowboy on his horse, overlaid with the element from the Kyle Building grill work-----cowboys did indeed ride up, and tie up their horses in front of these very elegant buildings.


poster- 20 by 30


postcard-4x6

Elin Waterston
South Salem, NY

After many years of living in New York City, I now live on a lake in a small town in Westchester County. To illustrate "where I'm from" I combined photos of a tree in my backyard, a boat on the lake that my house over looks, and graffiti on a NYC building

"traveler's guide"
4" x 6" (postcard)

Crystal Wood
Germantown OH

This is a covered bridge in Germantown, OH. The bridge is as seen in a 1970s postcard - it was all spruced up with white paint for the 2004 bicentennial celebration. I used commercial fabrics, trim for rope and a few beads.


Germantown's Star Attraction
8" x 12-1/2"
detail


2006 Quiltart Web Design
Thursday, 04-Jan-2007 14:49:43 EST