This art quilt started with the inspiration of a little kit called Minnesota by MAD for Wool. I changed a couple of things--added some borders and had fun playing with lovely things about Minnesota. My quilt's finished size is 21.5" x 32". I added fabric of morning glory's with hummingbirds to the top and bottom borders.
This close up for Minnesota has stitching on it in the shape of a question mark that represents the Mississippi River that starts in Itaska winds to Minneapolis and down the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin and through Winona.
Here are some of the details that I love:
"Sky Blue Waters" is a Minnesota saying. I painted the sky in the quilt with acrylic paints.
On the left border, "Land of 10,000 Lakes" is one saying about all of the beautiful water in Minnesota.
And on the right border is embroidered "North Star State."
The bottom border reads "All Creatures Growing Harmony," it's a hope for all creatures large and small in this land and on this Earth to live in harmony.
On the back I added a hanging devise to easily hang in on the wall with a small nail. On the left is a pocket.
Here's close up of the pocket. In the pocket is a poem, titled the same of the quilt.
an art quilt for you
hiking, good conversation,
friendship, books, coffee, love
a star marks Winona
a loon, Minnesota’s state bird,
bees, butterflies, nesting birds
dreams for tomorrow
the embroidered borders give voice
Sky Blue Waters
North Star State
All Creatures Growing Harmony
to give hope, love, peace to you, dear friend.
MaryLee Eischen 2022
I stitched on some small buttons.
I'm stitching on the blue bird of happiness on her nest.
In the circle above Sugarloaf reads 'joy'.
A star marks Winona, the bird swimming is our state bird, the loon. And the clock above the loon represents that there is always time to hike--"no bad weather, just bad gear." That's what we say to each other all the time, and laugh.
If you'd like to make a Minnesota quilt, get in touch with the creators. Find them on facebook MAD for Wool.
You can also get in touch with them via email: email@example.com
Close up for the machine drawing around the hummingbird.
I signed it.
And it got delivered to the happy friend on Christmas morning.
Dawn and Billy