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Title: Rosie the Riveter

The term “Rosie the Riveter” was first coined in a song by the same name composed by Redd Evans and Jacob John Loeb. This gave way to the term “Rosies,” which was not only applied to those women who worked with rivets but any woman whose work helped to win World War II. The famous “We Can Do It!” poster, produced by J. Howard Miller in 1943, was the inspiration for my art. My niece dressed up as Rosie for Halloween, and it was her photo that inspired me to choose Rosie as my subject.

When men went off to fight in World War II, it left many vacant positions in the country’s factories. The government responded by encouraging women to fill those positions as their way to help the war effort and bring the men home sooner.

I choose to depict Rosie in a factory setting, using gray fabrics for the background. The cloth “Rosie” was purchased from a custom fabric web site. She was then cut out and quilted to a wool batting, and appliqued onto the background quilt. Her iconic red dotted head-scarf was made from another piece of fabric in my stash. The piece is also adorned with Hot Fix rivets in keeping with the theme.

The following partial lyrics to the original song are printed on an organza overlay. It was sung by the Four Vagabonds:

All the day long,
Whether rain or shine,
She’s a part of the assembly line.
She’s making history,
Working for victory,
Rosie the Riveter.

Title: Daily Chores, At Heart Mountain, NFS (donated to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center)
My inspiration for this piece is the human spirit and how we can make the best of any situation. As detainees adjusted to their new life at Heart Mountain, they continued their daily chores, including wash day and gardening. They built raised planters for vegetables on the hillside and raised crops on the flats. These farming techniques were so successful that their crops supplied other relocation camps with fresh foods.

The clothes drying in the breeze are made from actual Japanese kimono scraps.
Title: Final Flight, Amelia Earhart
I chose Amelia Earhart for the HERstory project not only because of her fame as a woman aviator, but also because she had a connection to Wyoming, where I live. Amelia was a friend of my cousin’s mother, also an early female aviator.

The front of my piece shows the path Amelia took on her famous round the world flight. The flight path is depicted in beading and the fueling stops are shown with hot-fix crystals. On the back of the quilt are images of her times in Wyoming. The checkerboard pattern used in this quilt represents the sea and the many islands where she landed for fuel. It is now believed she died as a castaway on Nikumaroro Atoll.

While in Wyoming, Amelia stayed at the Double Dee Ranch owned by the Dunrud family in the mountains above Meeteetse. I have visited the Double Dee cabin which still stands. Amelia and her husband were having a new cabin built when her plane disappeared in 1937, and work on their cabin ceased.

It was a pleasure to work on this quilt in honor of Amelia Earhart. She is an inspiration to many for her sense of adventure and her ability to change the stereotype of what a woman could accomplish in the 1930's.
Title: Dance Like No One is Watching    SOLD
Desc:This piece is  15" x 12".  The background is hand painted, shibori style.  Is the room spinning or is the girl spinning? Or both?  The dancer was traced onto Lutrador and colored with markers, then fused onto the background.  Musical notes add to the rhythm.  A simple piece, and fun to make.
Title: The Watcher     SOLD
Desc: "The Watcher" is a young brave seeking solitude in an aspen grove.  Perhaps he is on a Vision Quest, or perhaps just observing life around him.  He wants to see and not be seen.

Title: Cowgirl
Desc: Our quilt guild did a Round Robin challenge where a group of about 6 people provided a center piece, and each person in the group added one border around that center. I provided the doll center, and passed it on to the next person who added one border, then they passed it on to the next person, etc. We each ended up with a beautiful quilt after it passed through all the participants and came back to us.
Title: A Place in the Heart
Desc: “Ring Around the Rosey” is being played by the adopted children in my family. Some of them were foster children that were then adopted, some were adopted outright. All of them are dear, sweet children of 12 different nationalities. One is my daughter, the others are nieces and nephews, and the children of my nieces and nephews. They are all blessings to our family.
The musical notes are from the song whose lyrics are below:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They're all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world
Title: Merry Mermaid
Description: The Merry Mermaid was made for the Under-the-Sea challenge held by the Textile Artists of Greater Yellowstone (TAGY). Hand dyed fabric was used for the backgrounds (both front and back). This quilt was originally hung so that both sides were visible. On the front, the Mermaid and fish were appliqued, quilted and embellished. A sheer nylon film was added to enhance the under-water effect. On the back a different under-water scene, featuring a sea turtle, is presented and embellished.

Title: SW Art Deco  
In researching art deco style, I found a picture of three lanky models that I liked, and decided to change them into Navaho ladies so I could keep to the  southwest/ western theme that I enjoy.  This piece is 12 " x 12", with commercial fabrics.  In trying to keep it simple, I decorated with satin stitch using variegated thread. The main fabric colors represent adobe and the red rock of the southwest.  The costumes are geometric in keeping with the art deco style.
Title: Go Green - Think Green
The Go Green challenge is represented by a Native American girl with a buffalo and mountains in the background.


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