Quilt Gallery 101-125

Quilt 101
Quilter: Cecy Thomas, Fairfield
Quilt Title: The Hardrock Miner
Quilt Size: 44" x 40"
Related State Park: Plumas-Eureka State Park
Inspiration: This is not a pretty quilt. Hard rock miners worked underground in dark, damp, dangerous conditions with heavy cast iron tools. Plumas-Eureka State Park has restored or replicated many of the buildings, tools and life style of that important era of California’s history. It’s a hands-on lesson for what it took to build and populate this incredible and unique state.

Quilt 102

Quilter: Tina Bourdette
Quilt Title: Yosemite Falls
Inspiration: Yosemite is the original California State Park. This quilt reminds me of camping with my dad. Most of the art I have is of Yosemite, the most beautiful park in California that I have been to.

Quilt 103
Quilter: Sara Kelly, Hanford
Quilt Title: East Sierra Sunset
Quilt Size: 7" x 10"
Related State Park: Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Inspiration: We were at Mono Lake to photograph the tufas lit by the sunset. As we turned west to depart, we saw that the sun had descended directly between two peaks of the Sierra, resembling a caldera of red hot lava. Best photo of the shoot.

Quilt 104
Quilter:Jane Garrettson, Salinas; machine quilted by Holly Casey
Quilt Title: Old Monterey
Quilt Size: 38" x 45"
Related State Park:  Monterey State Historic Park
Inspiration: Visiting Monterey State Historic Park is like walking back in history. Following along on "The Path of History" you see everything from whalebone sidewalks to California historical landmark #1, the Custom House. My favorite holiday event is Christmas-in-the-Adobes. All these wonderful buildings are decorated for Christmas and brimming with music, dancing, treats and friendly faces in period attire. What an experience for all ages!

Quilt 105
Quilter: Gayle Simpson, El Dorado Hills
Quilt Title: Giant Redwood
Related State Park: Bull Creek State Wilderness, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Quilt Size: 60" x 24"
Inspiration: This tree is officially designated as Giant Tree in Bull Creek State Wilderness in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. We are enriched by every state park in California. There is such diversity, and so many ecosystems are represented. Bull Creek is definitely off the beaten path. On our last trip to the redwoods, we explored every single region. Even the giant redwoods that have fallen, and are decomposing, are of interest. This tree is 363 feet tall, and 51.2 feet in circumference. It is truly awe-inspiring.

Quilt 106
Quilter: Linda Stoner
Quilt Title: Central Valley View of Mount Diablo
Related State Park: Mount Diablo State Park
Inspiration: As opposed to the awesome views from Mount Diablo, I choose to portray a view of Mount Diablo from the Central Valley. I live in Stockton, where the sunset view features this mountain.  There are often coastal clouds around the mountaintop toward the San Francisco Bay. This is my first attempt at landscape quilting and I would like to continue with other scenic views in California. I am so glad that California has made it a priority to preserve its State Parks for all to enjoy, now and in the future.

Quilt 107
Quilter: Diane Pfluger
Quilt title: Half Dome, Yosemite
Inspiration: My inspiration for this quilt is that Yosemite is my favorite get-away place and Half Dome is the most widely recognized feature of Yosemite. The quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted.

Quilt 108
Quilter: Denise Dumas Konar
Quilt Title: Ricky's Tahoe
Related State Park: Sugar Pine Point State Park
Inspiration: Every summer from the time he was eight, nephew Ricky would fly to Sacramento to visit his cousins. The highlight was joining our friends at Sugar Pine Point State Park for what we called "Mom & Kids camp;" we once totaled 42! A "bear sighting" was always the thrill! Once a momma and her cubs searched our campsite in the middle of the night!  Another year someone brought candy to bed with him. Bears were seen in the dumpster and on the beach! I created this quilt for Ricky as he graduated from U.C. Riverside to remind him to always make time to search for bears. 

Quilt 109
Quilter: Lindy Sullivan
Quilt Title:  Monarch Migration
Related State Park: Pismo State Beach
Quilt Size: 20" x 20"
Inspiration: Every year, migrating monarchs pause in my yard before the final short stretch of their long journey to the Monarch Grove at Pismo State Beach. These determined, wind-blown travelers make me think of messengers carrying a reminder of the fragile beauty we are so blessed with in our beautiful state, and the importance of our State Park system in preserving it. I have honored the monarchs with a postage stamp with this small raw-edge appliqued quilt.

Quilt 110
Quilter: Pat Dicker
Quilt Title: Mt. Tam in the Morning
Related State Park: Mt. Tamalpais State Park
Inspiration: Every morning I hike on the lower slopes of beautiful Mt. Tamalpais. One bright, cold morning I was greeted with the rare and beautiful sight of snow on the mountain. This particular view is from the end of a road in Mill Valley where one gets a lovely view of this gorgeous mountain that is full of beautiful trails and vistas. 

Quilt 111
Quilter:  Sara Kalinin
Quilt Title: The Beauty in Torrey Pines
Related State Park: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Inspiration: I think it is good for the soul to take time away from our busy lives and spend time in nature. You always come back feeling refreshed. Don't you think? 
     We had recently moved to the Temecula Valley and were hoping to find a new hiking spot for the family. Our search led us to a place called Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Upon arriving, we knew we had found a gem of a park. Our hike took us through a beautiful desert area with a variety of flowers and trees. We saw some of the most amazing rock formations and cliffs with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. At the end of our trail, we ended up at the beach. This quilt is a little snapshot of the beauty at the end of the trail. We can't wait to go back!

Quilt 112
Quilter: Dinah Carson, Mi Wuk Village
Quilt Title: View of the Valley from Hwy 120
Related State Park: Yosemite
Quilt Size: 18" x 18"
Inspiration: Inspired by my own photograph taken in 2010, I machine-appliqued pieces of fabric to render my interpretation of the photograph. To the borders, I appliqued indigenous wildlife and hand-illustrated the symbol of the Ahwahnechee people who once inhabited Yosemite Valley, which they called Owwoni, so named because the valley walls resembled a gaping bear's mouth. Owwo means mouth; ni means large.
President Lincoln made Yosemite a state park in 1864 and at the urging of John Muir; President Teddy Roosevelt declared it a national park in 1903. In 1998, I climbed Half Dome and still marvel that I made it to the top!

Quilt 113
Quilter: Patsy Heald, Acton
Quilt Title: Wonders of the Antelope Valley
Related State Parks: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve, Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park, Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park and Saddleback Butte State Park
Inspiration: The Antelope Valley is the location of four state parks, all have much in common but each is unique in its own way and various aspects of each park have been shown in this quilt. We are very fortunate to have these parks to enjoy and take care of for future generations.

Quilt 114
Quilter: Amy Witherow, Campbell
Quilt Title: Birds at Frog Lake
Related State Park: Henry W. Coe State Park
Inspiration: Henry W. Coe State Park is a favorite place to hike in the springtime. The hills are green and the wildflowers are awesome. One of my favorite hikes is to Frog Lake, where you can always see red-winged blackbirds and acorn woodpeckers.

Quilt 115
Quilter: Cecy Thomas, Fairfield
Quilt Title: Wildflowers
Related State Park: Plumas-Eureka State Park
Inspiration: Any time of the year the hiker in Plumas-Eureka State Park is always rewarded with finding wildflowers. Some are so small, others are gaudy or a surprise-such as the Snow Plant in January, but go prepared with extra time and film.

Quilt 116
Quilter: Veloris Hipp
Quilt Title: Symbolism
Quilt Size: 19.75" x 16.25"
Related State Park: Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Inspiration: The park was within an hour's drive of my former home. I visited several times, and each time was able to find profound peace amongst the awesome trees.

Quilter: Patricia Bruvry, San Rafael
Quilt Title: Mount Tamalpais from Baldy
Related State Park: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Inspiration: Mount Tamalpais, known as the “Sleeping Maiden,” can be seen from all over the Marin County and the Bay Area. It is an inspiration for artists and known for its many hiking trails, waterfalls and views. Mount Tamalpais and its state park are known and loved by all of its visitors.

Quilt 118
Quilter: Denise Rutter-Lang
Quilt title: A Day at the Strand
Related State Park: Silver Strand State Beach
Inspiration: Growing up in Chula Vista, Silver Strand State Beach was a common destination for my family, both for day trips and over-nighters with our pop-up trailer. As an adult, I have lived all over the country, as well as Germany. When my husband was set to deploy to Iraq, my then 1-year-old daughter and I lived close to my parents, who are still in Chula Vista. During our year there, we made many trips to "The Strand." This quilt is based on a photo of my daughter and on my warm memories.

Quilt 119
Quilter: Caroline Ogg
Quilt Title: In the Redwoods
Inspiration: The landscape of Northern California has inspired my work for over 40 years. I am especially fascinated by trees, from the record-setting redwoods, sequoias, and windswept cypress to the controversial eucalyptus. My art quilts offer an opportunity to depict them in fiber using a variety of techniques. Our state parks offer such a diversity of plant and animal life that there is something to inspire the 'artist' in us all.

Quilt 120
Quilter: Doria A. Goocher, San Diego
Quilt title: Reaching 
Related State Park: Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Inspiration: Trees that look like they are reaching toward the heavens.

Quilt 121
Quilter: Del Troy
Quilt title: Tomo-Kahni (Winter House)
Related State Park: Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park
Inspiration:  My inspiration to make the Tomo-Kahni quilt comes from 43 years being involved with what is now Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park: in 1970, as a volunteer at the archaeological dig at the Maputs site, now part of Tomo-Kahni; in 1973 as a founding member of the Tehachapi Heritage League to provide proper housing for dig artifacts; after 10 years on the committee to have the village site preserved as a state park; in 1994 as a member of the Tomo-Kahni Volunteers that supports Tomo-Kahni; and as a docent at the Museum where tours start and a Park/Kawaiisu exhibit is seen.

Quilt 122
Quilter: Cecy Thomas, Fairfield
Quilt Title: The Bear
Related State Park: Plumas-Eureka State Park
Inspiration: THE BEAR is more legend than reality but no campfire is complete without a colorful story of his mischief. My only actual sighting of him has been when he crossed the main road into our park. He was a splendid golden color.

Quilt 123
Quilter:  Monica Kaseman, Pleasant Hill
Quilt Title: Mount Diablo
Related State Park: Mount Diablo State Park
Quilt Size: 23" x 26"
Inspiration: The view of Mount Diablo marks home. It looks different from whatever direction you see it from. We love to drive to the top and take in the panorama in every direction. There are not too many mountains like that. We have camped there, hiked there, played in the snow there and even found tarantula spiders there. It is popular to bike up the mountain and some people even hang glide there. The mountain is beloved. Thank goodness, it is preserved for people and wildlife as a State Park.
     This quilt was made in a class given by local quilt artist, Cyndy Rymer, using her Mini Mt. Diablo pattern.

Quilt 124
Quilter: Doria A. Goocher, San Diego
Quilt Title: Grounded 
Related State Park:  Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Inspiration: I am awed at the majestic trees, especially those with great roots.

Quilt 125
Quilter name: Barbara Confer
Quilt title: Peaceful Giants
Related State Park: Humboldt Redwoods State Park
State Park Inspiration: When I create a landscape I want the viewer to understand how I feel about a scene or event by experiencing it through my eyes. The giant redwoods, depicted here, are at once peaceful and awe-inspiring, like being in a cathedral. In creating Peaceful Giants I wanted to depict the quiet serenity of the ancient redwood grove below, sheltered by the helter-skelter branches and greens of the canopy. I cut or tore an assortment of green, yellow  and brown fabrics and incorporated vintage doilies and painted lace to portray the light filtering through the branches of the trees.