Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hanging our ----1942 Heart Mountain executive order 9066---- at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

This is some of the Textile Artists of the Greater Yellowstone.  This photo was taken after hanging our art at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. The show opened in the exhibit hall March 1, 2016.  We will have an artist reception April 7th 6:00pm-8:00pm.  At that time the center will be open for all to see the history and story of the Japanese Americans that were sent to this camp, as prisoners, without a trial, and without a  say. 
This exhibit includes 22 quilts made by Textile Artists of the Greater Yellowstone,  and a larger, hand quilted quilt made by Ms Ito, as a child she and her family were interned at the Heart Mountain Camp.  
If you are unable to attend the artist reception or this show, I strongly urge you to make the trip out to see this center.  It is truly an eye opening, heart wrenching experience that not one single US citizen should miss!!

Thursday, March 24, 2016


This quilt is 18" X 24" and I used rusted, melted glass and melted plastic I found on our property in Crandall Wyoming.  These are remnants of how a "let it burn" policy in Yellowstone National Park 1988 destroyed private property.  This is what is left of some of the homes that were once on our property when the fire went beyond Yellowstone. I remember Cody was like a war zone,  National Guard were in Cody to fight the fire,  the sky was a dark grey and we had ashes floating in the air.  It was so dark during the day the street lights automatically came on.  It was not only un healthy but very sad to see so much beautiful Wyoming destroyed. The mountain behind where these objects were found is still barren of trees.  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

"The Children"

1942 Heart Mountain
Executive Order 9066
I made this quilt for this exhibit, it is hanging with 21 other quilts made by Textile Artists of the Greater Yellowstone and one beautiful hand quilted quilt made by former Heart Mountain incarceree Naoko Yoshimura Ito.  These quilts are in the "special exhibit" room for the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, located between Cody and Powell Wy.   It will hang in the center until the end of May 2016. We will have an artist reception April 7th 6pm-8pm.
Pubic is welcome to join us, and this includes a free visit through the center.  

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Wyoming State Guild raffle quilt

This quilt is now finished and traveling around the state.  It is the Wyoming State Quilt Guild raffle quilt.  The drawing will be this summer at the state convention in Powell Wy.  I did a lot of redesigning of this quilt,  it was beautiful before I did that, but just more time was needed to do more than these simple blocks.  I helped sew this together and I quilted it.  The other help was friends, more non guild members than members.  It is flannel and soon I will add a photo of the completed quilt.   

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Fire Weed

This is Fire Weed,  It looks like a flower but I think it really is a weed.  This is beautiful and you can find it  all over Alaska. An art quilt in my future for sure.  I have found lots of photos I have taken of this when we visit John and Emily.  Think I like it!!