Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Ride

Tom and I are always looking for places to ride our bikes without a lot of traffic.  This morning we headed out to the Femme Osage Valley north of Dutzow, MO.  This area was settled in 1830 and is very close to the Daniel Boone Home.  Some of the grave markers in this cemetery had dates back into the 1700's.  Can you imagine how self sufficient these people were living in this valley.  I think it is one of the prettiest in this part of the state and the ride was great. 
While riding I thought alot about the strength of the people who settled this country.  Strong stock. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sacred Threads

I found out last week that my wall piece, "Passed this Way" was accepted to the Sacred Threads exhibit in Washington D.C. this summer.  http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/.  This piece was made for a Day of the Dead exhibit at the University of Missouri.  I have been fascinated by roadside crosses in our rural area and have collected pictures for a long time.  I used commercial fabrics to make the bright, glorious colored flowers depicting life, rebirth, growth and remembrance.  The roadside cross pictures were screened onto organza and fused or stitched to the top.  It is heavily quilted and I like the back as well as the front.