Pieced by Kathy Cracroft Wilhelmsen (Draper, Utah – completed March 2012)
I pieced the blocks in “Happy Trails” during a year-long (2009-2010) block-of-the-month class called “Oregon Trail Stitches” at Quilt Etc. in Sandy, Utah. I sashed the blocks and set them on point in a traditional design. I paper-pieced five cowboy boots on the quilt back using a pattern from Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, Sept/Oct. 2000.
Inspired by the western theme of the quilt and details from my own family heritage, machine quilt artist Julie Thorum created twelve different and distinctive pioneer-themed scenes in the large side-setting triangles. Wagon wheels around the border represent the handcart pioneers who journeyed across the plains to Utah in the 1850s.
This quilt is dedicated to William and Hannah Harrison, my maternal third great-grandparents, who traveled with the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company, survived the formidable challenges of that journey, and settled in Springville, Utah.
Size is 76.5 x 76.5 inches
This quilt was exhibited at the prominent Home Machine Quilting Show at SouthTowne Conference Center in Sandy, Utah in May 2012.