Now, I live in the state of Utah. The middle piece is cross stitch on linen and I did the cross stitch because I know this is an art form that Sharon loves.
The state emblem is the beehive, thus Utah's nickname - The Beehive State. The beehive symbolizes industry, which is the State's motto. The flowers in the cross stitch represent the State flower, the Sego Lily, which were used for food for the Native Americans and the pioneers when food became scare. The heart represents how much I love being a native Utahn. The honeycomb down in the corner represents life.
The Log Cabin block around the cross stitch represents Utah's long, strong pioneer heritage and all the wonderful old homes - many of them log cabins - that still survive and are still lived in today.
The flying geese up in the right top corner represent all our gorgeous mountains and the four seasons so much of the state enjoys.
The Courthouse Steps at the bottom left represent my great, great, great grandfather, Brigham Young. Brigham Young was a strong, hearty, powerful man that inspired his followers by his down-to-earth demeanor and through his skills as a pragmatic organizer and executive. In many ways he was the Courthouse and the stone steps for the State of Utah during his administation as the Govenor of Utah.
And the blue print surrounding the little quilt represents the Great Salt Lake - a fond memory from my childhood days!!
I tried a little FMQ other than meandering amongst the golden flowers!! Ha, ha, sweet Janet, don't look too close - but I sure had fun!
Sharon received her quilt and shared with me that she really liked it!! I sure had fun designing it and making it for her!!