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April 29, 2019

"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

 

Teddy Roosevelt was often called the Conservationist President because he used the power of his office to preserve and protect the natural landscape, fish and wildlife of the United States. He established the US Forest Service and the Federal Bird Refuge, and  expanded the National Park System in an effort to save the beauty of nature for future generations.

 

My dear brother-in-law Will embodies the outdoorsy spirit of Roosevelt's conservationism. He and my sister Megan take their kids (and sometimes my kids) camping and hiking, teaching them to respect our natural habitat. They have made a point of taking their children to several National Parks, hoping to pass on their passion for nature to the next generation.  Will's office is decorated with vintage National Park Service posters, one for each park they've visited (and room for more).

 

My quilt is inspired by a photo of Will and his son. The style is an homage to those vintage posters, representing the conservationist spirit, and the idea of preserving our environment for future generations.

 

 

I kept the fabrics flat and solid, and tried to keep to the color palette of the original silk screen NPS posters.  

 

 

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