Monday, March 23, 2009

Shenandoah Moon Quilt

12.75 x 16 inches
Hand dyed fabrics, photo techniques, vintage fabric and various cottons.
Machine and hand quilting, with embellishments
vintage buttons, beads and notions.

This piece is inspired by the local production of Shenandoah Moon. It’s the story of the building of the Skyline Drive through the mountains of Virginia and the people who were displaced along the way. It’s funny and at times sad and poignant. It’s a musical written locally by some very talented folks.

I spent some time with the Library of Congress photographs of the actual people displaced by the building of the park, it was interesting to see those faces and the houses they lived in. The photograph of the woman and her four children on the left is the closest thing I could find to the character I portray in the production. The photo of the cabin on the right is a place someone called home. The old twisted up apple tree is a reminder that these folks lost not just their homes but their professions. The roots are visible to suggest their roots to family and the land that were broken as they were forced out.

Driving the Skyline Drive of Virginia is a beautiful experience for a pretty afternoon, it’s great to stop and take photographs and soak in the natural beauty. But it’s also interesting to consider the stories beneath the surface.

Find the novel by Duane Hahn here.
Read about the musical production here. That's me playing Mollie Shifflett. :)


  1. I love how it turned out! Simply Beautiful!

  2. It's fun to see the finished product after the process. It's lovely! I don't think I had noticed the music before, a great touch. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love the mood of this piece. Great work.

  4. Love the quilt! It is really beautiful.
    My son Caeden is in the play with you and is enjoying it so much. I am so excited that you are adopting- and 3 at once!!!! (very brave). We have 5 children and two are adopted from Guatemala, they are now 4 and 2 1/2. I can't tell you how special they are! We also have an adoption ministry that we started at our church here in W'boro to give support and encouragement to those who are going through or have gone through the adoption process (open to everyone!). If you would like more info let me know.
    I hope that the rest of your journey goes smoothly. I will be praying for you.
    Robin Goering


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