Quilt Gallery 26-50

Quilt 26
Quilter: Fay Leighton, Redding
Quilt Title: Malakoff Diggins SHP
Quilt Size: 20” x  30”
Inspiration: My father and grandfather were both miners, so I really wanted to portray a mine, since mining played such an important role in California’s history. After visiting the park, taking a lot of pictures, and doing research on its history, the elements I chose to highlight were the miner’s cabin, the water monitor, and the canyon walls that remained after all of the hydraulic mining.
     I used fusible appliqué, cottons and organza, yarns, metal for the monitor, paints, and thread painting to create this historical view of the park.

Quilt 27
Quilter: Karen Griffith, Redding
Quilt Title: Malibu Lagoon SB
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I used to work as a sergeant with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. and as a detective, was assigned to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station which included Malibu. Malibu Lagoon State Beach is a hub of activity. It usually draws a large variety of people, including artists, fishermen, surfers, movie stars, and sun bathers just to name a few. The time just before sunset seems to be when the park starts to return to its natural state. This quilt is a very minimalist view of that time. I got to experience and enjoy the beach at its busy as well as its quieter times. I used batik fabrics which were machine pieced and quilted. I embellished it with fabric paint.

Quilt 28
Quilter: Leslie Mastalarz, Cassel & Carolee Underwood, Hat Creek
Quilt Title: McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: This view is one of the most photographed angles of Burney Falls. This was an adventure for both of us as it was very much outside of our comfort level of quilting. It is a combination of machine and hand stitching, fusible appliqué, and use of traditional cottons as well as metallic and tulle fabrics for the desired effects. It has been nice to have viewers automatically recognize the location based upon our interpretation of it. 

Quilt 29
Quilter: Karen Hughes, Redding
Quilt Title: Mendocino Headlands State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I saw a photo of this area and wanted to create a quilt of the beautiful view. The dry grass was thread painted using a water soluble stabilizer and tulle. Fabric glue was used to attach it to the quilt. I then basted it with transparent thread and covered it with tulle. The quilt was machine quilted.

Quilt 30
Quilter: Kathleen Hackney, Redding
Quilt Title: Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: Many summer vacations during my childhood included a day visit to this natural wonder. I wanted to create the rugged tufa landscape below the sunset sky.
     I painted and distressed Tyvek and Lutrador to create “tufa” towers. Clouds were created with Lutrador and Angelina fibers. I then used thread play over various batik fabrics.

Quilt 31
Quilter: Jean Williams, Redding
Quilt Title: Montana de Oro State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: My favorite view of the park is from the parking area looking out over the bluff to the ocean. It is such a peaceful view.
     This is my first attempt at a landscape quilt. I read several books and talked to more experienced quilters. I tried several techniques to enhance my quilt, including adding kite string and a tail to the kite. I used wool batting and it is machine quilted.

Quilt 32
Quilter: Lacrecia Draper, Happy Valley
Quilt Title: Natural Bridges SB
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I wanted to depict a scene of the Moore Creek Wetlands Natural Preserve with birds in it. I had seen a photo of the lagoon where it feeds into the ocean and it was such a tranquil scene. I used fusible appliqué with thread painting to embellish it. It is machine quilted.
Quilt 33
Quilter: Lynn Chilton, Shasta Lake
Quilt Title:  Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: This area is so beautiful, and it was difficult to adequately convey all of that beauty using fabric. This took more thinking and planning than I anticipated, since it was not as easy as I originally thought it would be! I kept remaking the trees until I was satisfied with them. I used fusible appliqué and thread painting. It was machine quilted.
Quilt 34
Quilter: Candice Ralston, Redding
Quilt Title: “Blue Bell”
Related State Park: Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Quilt Size:  20” x 30”
Inspiration: My interpretation and memories of the park are of great fun. I grew up in the area and we dune-buggied all over that desert. I’ve named my quilt “Blue Bell” in honor of my father’s dune buggy which I featured.

Quilt 35
Quilter: Kathy Fletcher, Redding
Quilt Title: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: The original adobe depicted here is La Casa de Estudillo, which was built around a garden courtyard. The U.S. flag was raised there in 1846. The ship’s mast flag pole is a central feature of the plaza where many fiestas and exhibition bull and bear fights were staged. As the bull charged, the rider would make his horse either stand on its hind legs and turn suddenly out of the way or sidestep quickly as crowds cheered and threw money into the ring. My dad was the U.S. mail carrier for Old Town from 1970-1983, so it was especially meaningful to create a quilt of this historic park.
     I used fusible appliqué and a variety of fabrics including batiks, landscape, theme, and custom printed cotton. I used acrylic paints, crayon, Prisma color pencils, and threadwork by machine. I also did some hand embroidery. 

Quilt 36
Quilter: Joyce Payment, Redding
Quilt Title: Patrick’s Point State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I tried to capture as much of the park that I could within the allotted dimensions. There are 8 different scenes depicting various aspects of the park. Some of my scenes are realistic and others are not. There are many more things to do and see in this wonderful park than I could convey.
     Each scene was layered to a piece of muslin, then sewed or fused on. The 8 scenes were joined and layered with batting and muslin which I machine quilted before adding the backing.

Quilt 37
Quilter: Barbara Blake, Redding
Quilt Title: Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I wanted to portray the lighthouse on a spring day, surrounded by colorful spring flowers.
     I used Misty Fuse and machine appliqué to piece this quilt together. I also did some fabric painting, threadwork, and machine quilted it.

Quilt 38
Quilter: D’Anne Andrews, Redding
Quilt Title: Pismo SB
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: My quilt was inspired by several photos released into the public domain. Because it was impossible to choose just one view, I took a bit of artistic license and combined several photos of the area. I believe it is still very typical of what one would see at Pismo Beach. My favorite view is from Highway 101 overlooking the beach and Pacific Ocean. Absolutely breathtaking!
     I used fusible appliqué and threadwork to embellish it. The quilt is machine quilted.

Quilt 39
Quilter: Lynn Nance, Redding
Quilt Title: Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: The beautifully restored lighthouse stands overlooking the majestic and rugged Pacific Ocean. Many weekends a year, my family and friends spend time camping and abalone diving along this part of the northern California coast.
     I used a fabric collage technique in a landscape with raw edge appliqué, netting, and yarn embellishment.

Quilt 40
Quilter: Bette DeWitt, Shingletown
Quilt Title: Point Dume State Beach
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I have always loved the ocean and being able to walk along the shore and through the tide pools. I enjoyed making a quilt of this beautiful view along our California coast.
     I used fusible raw-edge appliqué, and made the waves using thread and Solvy.

Quilt 41
Quilter: Christine Rohn Hartman, Redding
Quilt Title: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: This has long been one of my favorite places to hike, tide pool, and watch birds and wildlife. I photographed this scene wanting to capture the beauty of it with the hiking trail winding through an amazing display of wildflowers in bloom to the fog-wrapped Monterey cypress in the distance. The only things missing from this scene are the smell of the sea air and the sounds of the surf, combined with barking sea lions, and noisy nesting shorebirds!
     I used cotton fabrics which were fused and hand appliquéd, Texture Magic, fine netting, yarn, wool roving, cording, thread painted vegetation using Solvy, beading, embroidery, paints, and pens.

Quilt 42
Quilter: Sue Collins, Redding
Quilt Title: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I wanted to depict the elk grazing in the meadow and the hiking trails that meander through the redwood trees and ferns. I used a photo I’d taken of the elk which I printed on computer printer fabric. It was appliquéd using fusible web, thread painted, and machine quilted.

Quilt 43
Quilter: Nancy Pepper, Redding
Quilt Title: Red Rock Canyon State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I have chosen to portray things that made an impression on me including the 1997 flood, the red cliffs, Joshua trees, a Mojave Green rattlesnake, a scorpion, and a tarantula. I’ve also included three aircraft since this area is home to two military flying installations, the B2 Bomber, the Space Shuttle, and our neighbor’s Piper Cub.
     I’ve fused, hand-appliquéd, paper-pieced, and used beading, embroidery, Pigma and Jelly Roll pens, lace, tulle, and Texture Magic, in addition to traditional quilting cottons.

Quilt 44
Quilter: Patti Aberg, Redding
Quilt Title: Russian Gulch State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I have a fondness for historic and architecturally beautiful bridges. I chose this park so I could make a quilt combining three of my favorite things: quilts, old bridges, and the love of nature. The Panhorst Bridge has a span of 240 feet and length of 527 feet. You drive across the bridge on Highway 1 just north of the town of Mendocino.
     This landscape quilt was made from a photograph I took and enlarged to the quilt size. The bridge is fused using Stonehenge fabrics, fabric paints for shading and topstitched. The background fabrics were also fused. All the thread-painted trees, grass, etc. were made using Sulky Solvy products, Superior King Tut threads, various yarns and cording, then applied to the quilt.

Quilt 45
Quilter: Mary Gililland, Redding
Quilt Title: San Clemente SB
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I chose to portray the visitor center because between 1988-1995, while my husband was working for the state parks, the building was a park residence that we lived in. The house was built in the 1930’s by the CCC. After we moved out, the house was converted into a museum-visitor center around 2002. The building has special meaning for my husband and me.
     To make this quilt, I visited San Clemente to photograph the visitor center-museum that had been our old house. I used fusible appliqué with fabrics to mimic the roof, trees, flowers, house and other vegetation. To give it a 3-dimensional look, I used raw edge appliqué with layers. I then used threadwork to give it a desired effect and machine quilted it.

Quilt 46
Quilter: Penny Hart, Palo Cedro
Quilt Title: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: My inspiration came from a watercolor painting I had seen of the mission. I wanted to replicate something similar in fabric.
     I used fusible appliqué, thread painting, and fabric paints to create my quilt.

Quilt 47
Quilters: Alice Burris, Beula Alioto, Palo Cedro; and Violet Skeeters, Denver, Colorado
Quilt Title: Shasta State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: We wanted to portray Shasta it as it may have looked when it was an active, cosmopolitan gold-rush city in the mid 1850’s-1860’s. Violet is the artist who created the picture, Alice pieced and fused the cotton fabrics, and Beula finished it with her beautiful machine quilting. The Trinity Alps and Mt. Shasta can also be seen in the quilt.

Quilt 48
Quilter: Dorinda Goff, Redding
Quilt Title: Sonoma Coast State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I was born and raised in a small town in Sonoma County. My family, including grandparents, aunt, uncle, great uncle, and cousins, spent many weekends and vacations at the coast. There were picnics, surf fishing, abalone hunting trips, and generally lots of fun. I can remember running through the surf at this particular beach many times.
     I used primarily cottons and fussy-cut birds, which were fused and machine quilted.

Quilt 49
Quilter: Helen Bonnett, Redding
Quilt Title: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: I visited Sutter’s Fort as a child and have driven by it in downtown Sacramento several times since. I depicted Sutter’s Fort as it would have looked in 1849 at the time of the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill. The picture I used for inspiration was from Wikimedia. I used fusible appliqué and threadwork to create my quilt. To produce additional shading, I tea-dyed the fabric used for the walls of the fort.

Quilt 50
Quilter: Julie Harris, Redding
Quilt Title: Tomales Bay State Park
Quilt Size: 20” x 30”
Inspiration: The inspiration for my quilt came from a lovely, tranquil scene of the picnic area overlooking Heart's Desire Beach. The park has other picnic areas, but this view of Heart's Desire Beach is relaxing and restful and shows off the beauty of the area. Heart's Desire Beach is one of the more popular beach areas in the park and is often a location for weddings.
This is my first art quilt and techniques used include fused fabric collage, and machine appliqué. Other elements used were crayons, colored pencils paints, and threadwork.