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Helen Kelley Patchworks

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Wish You Were Here – Postcards From Near and Far

As I have traveled the world, I have collected postcards in a quiltmakers fashion, with fabric and stitches. Each of these 35×50 “postcard quilts” is a memory of a place I have visited. Twenty-four in all, from Holland to New Zealand to Canada to Florida and more. Perhaps you will recognize a favorite place of yours in these images.Click Here and Scroll Down To See (1-8)
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8 – Jamaica

Jamaica Postcard Quilt

September, 1994 – Jamaica -The Caribbean Sea is incredibly blue. This quilt shows a souvenir stand beneath the trees by a sandy beach. On the lower left is a lizard, which one young man, when pressed to name it, said “it’s a house-lizard, mon!” The glorious Jamaican sun is quilted setting into the sea


7 – Norway

Norway Postcard Quilt

June, 1976 – Norway – The stave churches that dot the Norwegian high places were built by Viking ship builders 1000 years ago. Crosses and dragons decorate the roofs. These mountains are quilted to represent the dense forests and the sky is filled with “ribbon animal” designs, found on an ancient Viking ship.

6 – San Francisco

San Francisco Postcard Quilt

May, 1995 – San Francisco – This quilt is an attempt to recreate the Victorian houses that line the hills of San Francisco, using only the techniques of piecing and careful fabric selection to represent the lacy curtains in the windows. The dyed sky represents the fog that swirls around these houses daily


5 – New York

New York Postcard Quilt

April, 1986 – New York – The sameness of the vertical and horizontal lines of the buildings in Manhattan hide the diversity of people who live inside. This quilt gives you a peek inside the windows to view the hippie, the quilters, the old people and the Gypsy tea room. The generic cars let you imagine yourself in your own car, driving down the street.


4 – England

England Postcard Quilt

April, 1996 – England – This is an architecturally diverse land, but the one constant is the English love of flowers. Many homes are completely surrounded with blooms. Behind this Tudor house rises a moor with a row of poplar trees. The quilting features traditional North Country designs: the tea cup, feathered wreath and chain border.


3 – Scotland

Scotland Postcard Quilt

August, 1994 – Scotland – Edinburgh Castle is one of the jewels of Scotland. This is a nighttime view with the castle lit for the annual Tattoo celebration that is held on the esplanade. The flags bear the national symbol of Scotland, The Cross of St. Andrew.


2 – New Zealand

New Zealand Postcard Quilt

May, 1995 – New Zealand – The Maori meeting house represents the body and soul of a revered ancestor. This house has a large, carved statue with blue sea shell eyes at the peak of the roof. It is quilted with moko, Maori tattoo designs that represent the sea, the sun and the soul. The moko fabric used to represent the carved timbers was found in New Zealand.

1 – Holland

Holland Postcard Quilt

September, 1994 – Holland – The ancient houses along the canals of Amsterdam are tall and narrow. These buildings are pieced with basic “little house” parts and techniques. Log Cabin strips form the roofs. The blue colors are adapted from antique Delft tiles.