The "Journey Stories" Project

"Journey Stories" is a traveling exhibit commissioned by the Smithsonian for which I designed, quilted, and made a custom quilt for the "Olde School" community center in Fruitland, Idaho to be raffled while the exhibit was on display there from October 27 through December 4, 2010. The focus of this exhibit was early transportation and the stories of the individuals who made those journeys with the different forms of transportation.

The 'early transportation' motif intrigued me and the more I thought about this and researched the historical accounts, I realized it was more than just the covered wagon. This was a method of any type of transportation and I used this broader definition to incorporate into my quilt several transportation forms. Thus the bicycle, horse, biplane, canoe, stage coach, bus, freight wagon, car, covered wagon, and train. However, I quickly realized there are more types of transportation than quilt blocks, and so I was forced to limit what would be seen within the quilt. This was not an easy decision. For each transportation method, I found myself thinking about how "I could do this" and "wouldn't this be a great one", but I had to stop at the edge of the blanket so to speak. What is pictured below are my final interpretations and blocks of "Journey Stories" quilting project.

The finished quilt size is 703/4" X 791/4".  For the fabrics I picked batik's, especially because of their colors which add depth and subtle designs to the overall look of the quilt. The quilt was completed in the spring of 2010 and was on display for the duration of the exhibit.

What is the meaning of transportation and what can you quilt as an interpretation of your "journey stories"? By making this quilt I became more aware of the "transportation experience" for me and could see it everywhere I looked. Like, two youngsters playing with a tricycle and wagon in their front yards or simply from ones own pair of legs or even more recently the journeys of the space shuttles and not so long ago... the Apollo moon landing.

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