Rosalie Myers's patchwork quilt reflecting her Kansas roots took first place in the Fiber Arts Contest of the Arkansas State Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Myers is a member of the Abendschone DAR Chapter of Eureka Springs.
The sampler quilt, 'My Kansas Pioneer Family,' has a sunflower in the center of each square. Myers said she chose fabrics to reflect the color of the leaves of the cottonwood and other trees, the fields of waving wheat and the fruit of the Osage Orange, a tree that pioneers used for fence posts. The border represents sunsets over the prairie. Sashing and borders were quilted in waves like the wind blowing through the tall grass as the pioneer wagons rolled through it.
"This quilt is my way of honoring my and my husband's great-grandparents, who were all pioneers in Kansas in the 1850s and 1860s," she said.
Myers said her hope is to pass on to their children and grandchildren the story of the family's Kansas roots. And she is continuing the quilting history of her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother.
"I am truly preserving the past through family traditions," she said.
A pineapple quilt that Myers made received first place in the 2008 contest.