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Redwork Designs

Redwork Designs of North American Scenery
by QuiltersBee Members

Here is the post that started this thread: Sometimes I find patterns and/or fabric after I get home, but it is more fun to buy it on the spot. How about redwork designs of American scenery?  Jane Kay

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For Arizona:  Well, let me see....the Grand Canyon, Camelback Mountain, London Bridge, Petrified Forest, cactus & the coyote all come to mind, but I rather like the citrus groves, the old Baseline Rd with miles of flower farms & date groves. Then there's the red rocks of Sedona, the pines of Flagstaff & the western feel of Wickenberg.  Shari in AZ, 

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For California:  I would copy Mt. Diablo. It is the highest peak around here and what makes it special is that it's fairly flat elsewhere, so 4,700 feet of Mt. Diablo sticks right up there. On a clear day you can see the San Francisco Bay, Mt. Shasta, etc. Really nice! In the winter it snows up there. It's one of those places that has ever changing scenery and it's right in our own backyard. Jackie in No. CA. -- 

That's VERY easy: Golden Gate Bridge :)))  Surf is UP!  Kirsten in SF -- 

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For Colorado:  Definitely the Rockies, the Denver Skyline, the Eastern Plains and the Vineyards of the Western Slope, the wonderful rock formations near Colorado Springs.  Sandy 

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For Florida:  Living just north of Daytona Beach which is advertised as "the world's most famous beach" and home of the Daytona 500 race and the 400 race, I'd definitely have to do a beach with ocean waves, at least a corner of the track with a car or two and of course, a Number 3 in memory of Dale
Earnhardt. Lynn in FL

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For Indiana I would suggest corn stalks, pigs, race cars, covered bridges, and basketball.
Carol in IN 

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For Iowa, I would feature the rolling hills with a barn and silo tucked neatly into the folds and geese flying over head. Maybe in the foreground a representation of a skyline to show that we have both urban and rural amenities. I hope this is a fair size block!  Ranny in wet but beautiful Iowa

Let's see for Iowa I am thinking Corn, Sullivan Brothers, Effigie Mounds National Park, Hmm I don't have any other ideas does anyone else?  Arlene in Northeast Iowa

Regular corn or GMO corn? :)

Covered bridges of Madison County.  The campanile at Iowa State. I suppose the Old Capitol for U of Iowa? Mississippi riverboats.  Interstate 80.  The baseball field from Field of Dreams. Small towns knee deep in flood waters... Qualifying it with 'scenery' is harder for some states than others; WI has the Dells and Door County, IN has a speedway and the Indiana Dunes, Iowa is pretty but nothing really stands out. If you just want Iowa stuff, then it opens up with the world's first electronic computer, The Music Man, and Eskimo Pies.

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For Kansas....where I live now...Bison-State Animal Sunflower-State Bird
Home of Dorothy and Toto- from the Wizard of Oz Birthplace of famous Aviatrix- Amelia Earhart
Aircraft of all kinds-Wichita is home to aircraft industry...Boeing, Raytheon, Cessna, Lear....and others I'm sure there are a lot more....I haven't been here very long 8~D

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For Maine where I grew up: Lighthouses, lobsters, pinecones, and moose.

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For Nevada, I would show the outline of our great state with arrows matching up to applique of representatives of that particular. For example for Reno, I would show the Reno arch which welcomes you to the "Biggest Little City in the World" and parked underneath would be a 57 Chevy representative of Hot August Nights and above would be Hot Air balloons to represent the Hot Air
Balloon races; for Virginia City, would be cowboys on Camels for our Camel Races with a copy of the old Virginia City Newspaper that Mark Twain was editor and chief of; for Dayton, there would be a miner and a gold nugget which represents the first gold found in Nevada, along with wild horses running free; there are so many things about Nevada I could do, but don't want to give it all away, as that is something I'm working on. When you mention Nevada to a lot of people, the first thing they invision is hot desert, glaring neon lights, smog and casinos all over with scantily clad
ladies on stage as back drop for bad acts. This quilt would show the other side of Nevada....from our scenic to our historic......from our wild life to our plant life.  Gentle quilty hugs and much love and happiness -- Terri B in NV 


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New Mexico has a Balloon Fiesta every year with hot air balloons
of all shapes. Also the ZIA, sun sign from thier flag is a
simple, very representative design (I think it's already red).  Carmen 

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For New York:  Definitely Niagara Falls with trees all around
Jo Z 

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For Ohio:  Lake Erie shore with Marblehead lighthouse and coal barge out on lake Cleveland skyline with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Great Snake Mound Erie canal
view of a farm on gently rolling land Amish buggy from the back-(I've followed enough of them at 5mph, LOL)  Jane Kay 

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For Tennessee where my heart is: Univ of Tenn symbol (done in orange of 
course!), the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Dogwoods in bloom, rustic cabins, and 
big old red barns. Lauren

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For Texas:  Oh, what a thought. Redwork will be our Challenge for next year's Quiltfest here in Boerne, Tx. all quilts will be welcome.....and what a treat it would be to see how you all interpret thought and favorite memories into thread and stitches... I think my partner and I will do the favorites scenes of Boerne...on a big appliques Texas..gee I am on a roll....Hope to see more insight on this great idea. Peggy Raley  Patterns from the Texas Hill Country

We live in Madisonville Tx which is known for the "Sidewalk Cattlemens association" which has their own emblem with boots and a hat. At one time back in the 50's or 60's there was a nationwide contest for someone to come here for the festivities. That is what I'd use for here. Of course, the
Texas Aggies are near by but that would be a copyrighted item. G Taylor 

I don't think we could get all the info about Texas on 1 block. Maybe a whole quilt. But here goes. Dallas cowboys (even though things have been rough lately, they'll be back< at least I hope so>, SA Spurs, Austin skylines, beautiful lakes, hill country with cactus, bluebonnets, Davis mountains, Plains of West Texas, and windmills (Igrew up with them at every farm) and too many other things to mention.  Ann in Burnet, TX (heart of the hill country)


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For Virginia:  I just remembered since I'm Virginian by birth, Marylander by 1st marriage and now Nevadan.....I could really cover a lot of territory....such as Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Azalias, largest Navel Installation in the world, Shennendoah Valley, Skyline Drive for Virginia; Chesapeake Bay,
Ocean City, Solomon Islands, Ft. McHenry, for Maryland and ohhhhhhhhhh so much more. But don't want to hog all the room so will let it go at that. Have a great one and all the very best -- TB in NV

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For Washington State:  For me there could be no other choice, but My Mountain. I grew up in the shadow of Mount Rainier in Washington state and for me it is the symbol of home. I have carried it in my heart and mind as we have traveled the world doing our patriotic duty by serving our country in the Navy. We have less than two years till we retire and can go home. When I think of Washington thoughts of family and friends are pictured with the my mountain in the background. The second thing I think about after the Cascade range and the Olympic mountains is the space needle, then of course there is the coffee houses all over the place and the smell of the salt water of Puget Sound (which doesn't translate well to fabric), but these are the things I prize about my city and state that would mostly translate well into redwork.
Barbara in NW FL counting down the months....

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Well, for Vancouver, I think what I would like to see done in Redwork, is The Lions (two peaks on a mountain top that look like lions reclining. Now you have to use your imagination, and look at them in dusk, but the mountain is beautiful). Stanley Park Bridge (Lions Gate Bridge as another name - as you enter the bridge from one side, two stone lions guard the entrance!) How about Stanley Park, or the Seawall, or Gastown, Chinatown, Little Italy, Little India? Nighttime view in winter of the ski mountains. There are so many different things that I could spend hours naming them all.

There are The Mermaid and The Little Old Lady statues in Stanley Park. There is also the Old Tree in Stanley Park. I'd include Metrotown, but every city has a major mall. How about the Skytrain? Or the giant silver dome of Science World? There is BC Place, and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
How about the blooming Cherry Trees, or Vandusen Park, or Queen Elizabeth Park? The Gastown Clock, and the Noon chiming (you can't do sounds on Redwork, or I'd also include the fact that the first 4 notes of "O Canada" are played daily at noon - you can hear them all over the downtown core). UBC, SFU and BCIT campuses.

A co-worker of mine suggests RAIN as his visual thought of Vancouver. LOL

Yes, we have lots of that too. We also could pass for the Coffee Bar capital of the world. So include Starbucks in the list too!! Susan 

Oh how typically Canadian that at least one of the "symbols" in this list is an American company! LOL

For British Columbia, I'd say the rockies, the ocean, trees, and Lions Gate Bridge to symbolize the city and its uneasy balancing act between people and the environment. (Lions Gate is beautiful; but it's also narrow and a nightmare to cross during busy hours It can't be made wider because of
ecological concerns: one end of the bridge is in Stanley Park greenbelt! That conflict is SO typically British Columbia!) Oh, and, of course, an image from one of the First Nations - perhaps a Haida killer whale. The artwork of British Columbia aboriginal peoples is stunning - and very very
quilterly.  Kim Graham 

Well if I had to design one for Toronto - I'd say the skyline with the CN Tower and SkyDome probably top the list. Now wouldn't this be an interesting exchange/swap or whatever if we all did the patterns and made them available to the others.  Elaine 

Some images for Nova Scotia = Traditional in Nova Scotia an image of the Schooner Bluenose; Hotel Ingonish; The Canso Causeway; Cape Blomidon; AppleTrees; Halifax Harbour's Suspension Bridges; Bagels and Lox [Nova Scotia Salmon]; North Atlantic Lobsters; StarFish; Digby Oysters.
Diana


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Ideas from other sources for inspiration.
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I remember when my boys were little, you could get coloring books that detailed history, and the history of PA (where I live). These couldbe great sources for redwork, too.  Terri -- 

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Sites for Leaded Glass, Traditional embroidery and Craft Painting also have drawings that can be adapted as patterns. Aunt Martha Patterns were used b your grandmothers for redwork.

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This topic reminds me of an heirloom UFO currently in my mother's possession--in the 50s, one of her aunts started one of the kits where you embroidered the outlines of the state bird and state flower for each of the 48 states. My mother won't finish it, then some day I won't finish it, then I'll pass it on. :)  Heather Jean  

Almost anyone can make a redwork design from a photo image that you have copied in black and white.  The trick is to outline the main ideas in the image, hitting the highlights and valleys with your pencil. Your lines don't have to be smooth or straight, after all, 'you will be stitching them' You can then use the light box or overhead projector to transfer the pattern in transfer pencil to plain paper. [Schools and libraries almost always have this machine and often will allow the quilt guild or individuals use it.] Start designing with a simple scene and then see if you can draw your DH or
Dchild's portrait from a photo. YOUR family history on a quilt --MARVELOUS. Beatrix Potter and Winnie-the-Pooh books have images which you can use as inspiration.  I think these images are still under copyright so you must just use the method not the whole drawing. Diana