Spring in Texas means fields and fields of wildflowers, thanks to the work of Lady Bird Johnson. Back in the 1960’s, she pushed the nation’s first legislation through Congress to beautify our highways, parks and public areas. Seeds of wildflowers – bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, black-eyed Susan, blanket flower and phlox - were sown all across Texas. Today a drive on Texas highways each Spring is a glorious sight to see. My quilt is a nod to the legacy this special woman left behind for all to enjoy. When I made this quilt, I had just returned from the hill country and a drive through miles and miles of incredibly beautiful bluebonnets.
The background is a scrap of a Sky Dyes fabric. The hills, grass and road are fabric by Cherrywood. All are attached with Wonder Under. Raw-edge appliqué was used for the over-sized bluebonnets cut out from left-over bluebonnet fabric, greenery and flowers mimicking Indian paintbrush. All were hand- embroidered along with the bluebonnets scattered over the hills. Machine quilting finished the piece.