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Road To Oklahoma

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Helen Cook on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? 100% cotton fabric and batting

Helen Cook on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? That I hand quilted it on a standup frame, although it took 2 years with it set up in my living room to accomplish. I have slept under it ever since. It is my personal favorite of all the quilts I have made. It won a blue ribbon in the 1998 Franklin County Fair . Out of about 12 quilt entries in the fair only 3 won blue ribbons. I feel very fortunate to have been one of the 3 winners. The quilt judges from Washington County were very tough and thorough that year and I thank them for it.

Helen Cook on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? I don't have any at this time.

Helen Cook on craftsy.com

I, too come from Oklahoma run people - so I was very attracted to the name of your quilt ... excellent work!

08/02/2012 Flag

Can you just iomagine what our grandmother's life was like? There was nothing but open prarie and aready in the fall of the year in 1893, anyway. I know there were several different "Runs" We owe them a lot.

08/02/2012 Flag

No ... my great grandfather died of TB shortly after obtaining the land for his family! I'm not sure which land run it was now that you mention it. My grandparents left Oklahoma during the depression to look for work which is how I ended up a San Franciscan instead of an Oaklahoman; fortunately for me they moved back and I visited frequently. I cannot imagine the hardship of either era; but I cannot believe the beautiful quilts and handwork they created to surround themselves with beauty during difficult times!

08/02/2012 Flag

You might be interested in this link. D-click the photos to read about them: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=O%27Brate&GSfn=Lawrence&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=15537682&df=all&

08/02/2012 Flag

The pattern for Road To Oklahoma came from the 1992 Oxmoor House book, Best Loved Quilt Patterns-Pattern Pak 64140-1T

08/03/2012 Flag

It's absolutely beautiful, Helen, and I'm in awe of your dedication in hand quilting such an enormous quilt. Thank you also for the piece of American history, which as an Englishwoman, I find so very interesting. Patricia

09/30/2012 Flag