Quilt Gallery 1-25

Quilt 1
Quilter: Dorinda Goff, Redding
Quilt Title: Antelope Valley California Poppy State Natural Reserve
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: There is nothing prettier than acres and acres of California poppies. It just makes you smile! I wanted to focus the attention on the beautiful poppies. I used a pattern based on Lenore Crawford's poppy pattern. I used fusible applique with cotton fabrics and hot fix crystals for embellishment. I also machine-quilted the quilt.

Quilt 2
Quilter: Blossom Hamusek, Redding
Quilt Title: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: Given my name, I wanted to depict the many wildflowers that bloom in the desert during the spring. I chose the Beavertail Cactus since they look so formidable with all of their barbed bristles, but are actually quite beautiful when they are in bloom. I chose a variety of different home decor fabrics to depict the pads and flowers and beads to portray the prickly barbs. The quilt was hand-appliqued and was machine-quilted and embellished with wool roving, beads and artificial grasses.

Quilt 3
Quilter: Linda Symons, Redding
Quilt Title: Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: My husband and I have always loved the redwoods. 40 years ago we chose to be married in the amphitheater here, surrounded by the majestic redwood trees. It made us feel like a part of something grand. Quilted in the open area of my quilt are the words “I Remember Everyday-Everyway August 4, 1973." In the late 60s I camped here with the Girl Scouts, so I have many wonderful memories of this park. From an idea in my head and pictures and fabrics that I had, this wall hanging took on a life of its own as each section brought new ideas fueled by the memories of our wedding here.

Quilt 4
Quilter: Gayle Scott, Redding
Quilt Title: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: After attending the Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar for a few years, I chose to highlight the boardwalk path on the dunes overlooking the ocean. The pathway is recognized by many of the park’s visitors. I used a pieced abstract-type method I read about in a Jean Wells book. The small colored pieces are cotton and silk. I felt the horizontal close quilting gave the movement I was looking for.

Quilt 5
Quilter: Linda Molter, Redding
Quilt Title: Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I have an affinity for historic buildings and used photos to create this image of the historical building and mill as accurately as possible. I used the back sides of many cotton fabrics with fused appliqué. I created trees and bushes using snippets of fabric and threadwork on Solvy, metallic thread for the water, and embellished the quilt with buttons, beads, and toothpicks. It is machine-quilted using cotton batting.

Quilt 6
Quilter: Jan Ayers, Redding
Quilt Title: Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: My quilt features the north-facing facade of the home with surrounding landscape. It is completely hand sewn…no machine work!  I enlarged a photo I took of the mansion and transferred it to a piece of off-white cotton fabric. The features of the home and landscaping were outlined in backstitch embroidery with 2 strands of DMC floss. The fabric was heated with a hot iron and tinted with melted crayons. The entire piece was completed with hand-stitching and quilting.

Quilt 7
Quilter: Lacrecia Draper, Happy Valley
Quilt Title: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: The park has a surprising number of waterfalls and a wide variety of environments, from lush canyon bottoms to sparse chaparral-covered slopes. I wanted to portray Berry Creek as it runs through the park. I used fusible appliqué and a lot of machine threadwork.

Quilt 8
Quilter: Barbara Pierce, Redding
Quilt Title: Bodie State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I chose the Boone Store and Warehouse because it had a dress form in the window. One of the houses displayed an abandoned sewing machine and bed quilt. Harvey Boone, the store owner, was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. The top, batting, and back are all 100% cotton. I used fusible appliqué with machine quilting, machine embroidery, and fabric paint. Buttons, beads, and charms were added for interest.

Quilt 9
Quilter: Bonnie Keller, Redding
Quilt Title: Castle Crags State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I used to hike and do photography at Castle Crags, and always love the view of the granite peaks as I drive north. I layered Stonehenge fabrics with thread painted embellishing and fused appliqué, with additional thread embellishing and quilting by machine.

Quilt 10
Quilter: Paula Mattos, Redding
Quilt Title: Columbia State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: The gold rush of 1849 played a major part in the history of the north state. This building is similar to what you would see when visiting this historic park. I was inspired by the historic buildings in the park. I used fusible appliqué with mostly Stonehenge cotton fabrics and machine-quilted this using polyester batting.

Quilt 11
Quilter: Marsha Kilburne, Reno, Nevada
Quilt Title: D.L. Bliss State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I wanted to be a part of this challenge and joined the guild since two of my sisters were also making quilts. I wanted to highlight sections of the park including Lake Tahoe, Balancing Rock, and the entrance sign. I used fusible appliqué and quilted it with clear thread.

Quilt 12
Quilter: Kim Heaps, Redding
Quilt Title: Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I wanted to create the steepness of the trail, the fog enveloping the forest canopy, and the dense vegetation carpeting the redwood giants. The trail does not go through a meadow; however I took artistic liberty and added one.
     I fused layers of cotton fabric to develop the texture of the tree bark, highlighting with burnt orange, grey, and brown, and well as black for lightning strikes. Using a fern-printed fabric and batiks, I created the forest floor. I printed a sign onto muslin from a picture and fused it. I used thread painting with cotton, polyester, and silk threads. The fog was created using pearl acrylic paint diluted with water and applied with a stencil brush. The hiker was painted with acrylic paint on muslin and glued to the trail.

Quilt 13
Quilter: Dorothy Gillett, Shasta Lake
Quilt Title: Donner Memorial State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: My interpretation of the park comes from pictures I took as a camper in 1957. I enjoyed the nature walks, campfire sings, and floating down the river on an inner tube. I used needle turn appliqué, Texture Magic, hand and machine embroidery, some hot fix crystals, beads, and “Shrink it” for the license plate and photo transfer.


Quilt 14
Quilter: Sharon Jones, Redding
Quilt Title: Emerald Bay State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: This a memorable place to visit since we were married in Lake Tahoe in 1982. We still like to make an annual trip there and enjoy the natural beauty that abounds in the area. I used machine embroidery to make the trees, then used fusible and machine appliqué as well as machine quilting.

Quilt 15
Quilter: Patti Aberg, Redding
Quilt Title: Empire Mine State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: This triptych quilt displays the mine offices above-ground and two of the many levels of mine shafts below. I especially wanted to depict a mule pulling an ore car. The mules lived in underground barns until they became too old to work. The trolley of miners represents the Cornish miners who provided the bulk of the mine’s labor force between the late 1870’s and 1956.
The mine offices are true-to-scale. I used Texture-Magic and fabric paint to make the stone looking walls and roofing materials. The mine shafts are fused, hand-painted fabric (purchased), the ore cars are thin copper metal, cut and sewn to shape. Other metals, brads, leather, and beads were used to make many of the embellishments.

Quilt 16
Quilter: Sharon Tennant, Palo Cedro
Quilt Title: Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I remember enjoying swimming at Folsom Lake as a teen with my friends. I used an older photograph of the lake as inspiration for my quilt.
     This is my first effort at making a fusible landscape quilt. It also has some hand and machine appliqué. I used Stonehenge fabrics as much as possible.

Quilt 17
Quilters: Judy Bowman & Lynn Wilen, Shingletown
Quilt Title: Fort Ross State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: We chose Fort Ross because we both had visited it and remembered the chapel as an architectural challenge and such an icon in the California State Park system. The building, stockade, and even the crosses were built of the native redwood.
     We used architectural fabrics where we could, based on pictures from the Fort Ross website. We used fusible appliqué with lots of threadwork both before and after sandwiching the quilt top with machine quilting.

Quilt 18
Quilter: Chris Penna, Redding
Quilt Title: Great Valley Grasslands State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: The modern world is slowly taking over our open spaces and I think it’s important for artists to help create images that invite us to enter the beauty and solace of nature where all issues are played out. I pieced and used fusible appliqué with printed fabrics and then thread-painted them using free-motion embroidery.

Quilt 19
Quilter: Joan Bestor, Redding
Quilt Title: Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I wanted to portray the tall redwood trees with the dense undergrowth, a tent, and the surrounding mountains. California was known as the bear state and a grizzly is on the California state flag. Although California grizzlies have been extinct since around 1922, I put a few of them on the quilt to represent the name of the park. I used cotton fabrics, fused appliqué and machine quilting.

Quilt 20
Quilter: Fay Leighton, Redding
Quilt Title: Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I enjoy the redwoods and chose to represent the giant trees with walking trails going through a lush undergrowth of ferns, trillium, orchids, and redwood sorrel. I included a variety of wildlife and the coastal fog lifting through the forest. I used fusible appliqué, silk leaves, several types of fibers, fabric dyes, and threadwork.

Quilt 21
Quilter: Kitty Krause, Redding
Quilt Title: Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: This quilt was done using a watercolor technique background utilizing cotton prints that were machine pieced. It has hand appliquéd jeeps, with hand embroidery needlework and beading, and was hand quilted.

Quilt 22
Quilters: Janet Barabe & Barbara Helwig, Cottonwood
Quilt Title: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: We tried to portray how tall and majestic the redwoods are. We also wanted to show how thick and plentiful the lush green ferns are. The forest here is very green and beautiful. We did thread art, both on the trees and in making the branches of the trees. We used a lot of small pieces of fabric to depict the various shades of the vegetation.

Quilt 23
Quilter: Gladys Smith, Shingletown
Quilt Title: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Quilt Size: 20" x 30"
Inspiration: I have visited this park and wanted to portray this scenic panoramic view in fabric. I used hand and machine appliqué with mostly cotton prints and embellished it with other fibers and thread painting. It is machine quilted.

Quilt 24
Quilter: Patty Schuler, Redding
Quilt Title: Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Quilt Size: 20” by 30”
Inspiration: There is so much to see and do at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area that I couldn’t just select one thing. I wanted to show everything that I could that this wonderful area has to offer. The area is special to me since my daughter-in-law works at the dam, and I enjoy visiting the area.
     I printed maps of the park, photos, and decals onto fabric, hand pieced it, and then highlighted it with beads, buttons, and some embroidery. It is also hand quilted.

Quilt 25
Quilter: Janice Rimmer, Redding
Quilt Title: MacKerricher State Park
Quilt Size: 20” by 30”
Inspiration: The park is a wonderful place to camp and has so much to offer in one location. The area is very restful with the beautiful trees and the sound of the ocean waves. I love the wildlife and really wanted to focus my quilt on that. My quilt was inspired from pictures of our vacation and I added animals that could be seen in the park.
     I drew the design and then soft edge appliquéd, embroidered, beaded, and hand quilted the quilt.