This very special project pays tribute to Wally the Walnut, the Legacy Award Winning Tree from the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and possibly the largest walnut tree in the Sacramento Valley Region. Flying geese cross a harvest moon above Wally’s fall foliage, and on the opposite side, Wally’s spring leaves brighten City Park on Elkhorn Blvd. From left to right in the first photo, Sharon King (back) Deb Crowe, Audrey Medina, Sandy Sanders, Susan Trautman, and Ana Marie Tomlinson.
Elinor Anklin and George Harsch chose a very wavy Galaxy block to represent the Bell Acqua Water Ski Lakes at 1048 Ski Park Court in Rio Linda. The ski park hosts national and international competitions and nearby homeowners can enjoy waterfront property and water ski lessons right out their own back door.
Carpenter’s wheel shows the flowers in Sharon and Randy King’s yard at 7420 Dry Creek Road. Sharon, a retired high school art teacher, serves as our resident art advisor, and used her talent to show zinnias, pansies, and poppies. She included leaves from the periwinkle that covers her lawn with batik-like textures done in green fading to blue. The center is surrounded by 4 plaid square reminiscent of an old plate that she dug up in the yard. This block is an experiment, says Sharon, with metalics and gel pens. If they fade, Sharon intends to paint over the areas with exterior flat paint and seal it. “I’ll never know if they will work outside till I try it, kind of the artist/carpenter/craftsman attitude of making something new.”
Vicki Van Steyn chose a very patriotic way to show her tractor pride at 5808 W. 6th Street in Rio Linda.
Drive by 443 W. Ascot Ave for a look at Sandy and Archie Sanders Arabian Horse quilt block on the side of the barn. The Sanders built their Rio Linda home in 1974, where Archie, a retired Rio Linda teacher, could live near work, and Sandy could enjoy riding and showing her Arabian horse.
The feed store is a popular stop in this rural town, and they have all the supplies you’ll need for your farm and garden. The quilt block sports all of the critters that the store feeds, and a lot of fine hand painting by artist Sharon King added a lot of character to the animals on this very special block. Swing by the store on Rio Linda Blvd., just north of Elkhorn.
When the Crowes wanted to expand their garden into a farm, they found a place with plenty of room for animals just up the street from the house where Debra grew up. The Lazy Crow, like many old farms in the area, has become a Rio Linda homestead, with lambs, goats, a large garden, and chickens, of course.
Debra Crowe, founder of the Rio Linda Elverta Quilt Trail Project, couldn’t wait to design her own quilt blocks after seeing barn quilts on a trip to Nebraska. The large shop next to her house quickly became headquarters for the Project, and quilt blocks are now popping up all over town.
The Rio Linda Chicken quilt block represents Rio Linda’s history as a major egg and poultry producer, and the wide variety of local chicken breeds and colors.
Corn and Crows was inspired by a quilt made by her mother, Barbara, and represents the the three members of the Crowe family and their farm.
Interlocking Triangles makes a fine addition to the home’s entrance on West 4th Street.
A Log Cabin with a warm hearth, surrounded by Flying Geese, and The Road to California helps tell Barbara Florian’s story. Moving to Rio Linda from Nebraska in 1967, the eight members of the Florian family settled into one of the original farm houses in the area. The blue strip in The Road to California represents the Air Force, and Vince Florian’s long military career. Barbara, a master quilter and member of the Rio Linda Elverta Elder Craftsmen, often escapes to the mountains to enjoy the peace and quiet by the hearth in her own cabin high in the Sierra Nevada.