So I dragged out my Utah quilt for the occasion.
This is about the first quilt I designed. I made it in 1996 to celebrate Utah's 100th birthday as a state. All the blocks depict Utah images -with 45 stars (becuase Utah was the 45th state) and 29 log cabin blocks representing the 29 counties in the sashings. The outside border is made of 100 birthday candles with hearts in the corners for Utah's state song, Utah We Love Thee.
The beautiful mountains are the thing I miss most when I am not in Utah. I love the snow covered peaks and how tall they rise above the valleys as a protection from the rest of the world. I have so many good memories of skiing and snowmobiling; camping and fishing; picnicing and hiking among these peaks. The state flower, Sego Lily can also be found here.
The Salt Lake Temple block has a lot of little pieces. This was before I learned to applique, so all these blocks are pieced using hundreds of pieces. The temple was started almost as soon as the pioneers entered the valley, but it took 40 YEARS to finish it! All of the granite stones that make up the walls were hand cut from the nearby canyons. Each stone weighed thousands of pounds and was transported to the valley by ox cart. What a lot of work!
So now you know almost all you need to know about Utah, and if you want me to name all the counties, (and county seats) I can, but I won't bore you any more. Being that this was one of my first quilting projects, I just pretended to know what I was doing, and it was a big learning experience. I hand quilted this project, and I haven't done that since. I love the look of hand quilting, but it just takes me too long.
I wish I had time to do that again, I really did enjoy it.
I share this with you today because this was really the start of my quilting journey, and I have loved every minute of it. I am so fortunate to live in this beautiful place that gives me so much inspiration. I LOVE Utah! Happy Pioneer Day!!!