We enjoy our annual summer drive through the Canadian prairies (20 hours, return trip). There are no mountains, and not even many hills. There are no oceans. It can be hundreds of miles between cities. In fact, there are many times when we have the road to ourselves with not another vehicle or soul in sight for as much as an hour. The worst part is the poor or non-existent cell and internet service – which is why the reveal of my June design for the 1 million mile quilted postcard challenge, and the announcement of July’s theme is a week late.
But the prairies have a beauty of their own. My June cards with the theme ‘Hit the Road, Jack’ attempt to capture the mood of a prairie landscape. For the most part, everything is flat. Fields of wheat, barley, oats, rye, corn and lentils in all shades of green flow into seas of yellow canola fields. The occasional field of blue flax could be a mirage in the desert. We were just a little early, but next week these fields will look like giant bodies of water. I particularly like it when yellow canola and blue flax fields are planted next to each other, but I don’t think the farmers do their planning on that basis. Speaking of water, the ‘dug-out’ is a common landscape feature. Most come into existence when a road is built. Later they fill with water which can be used for animals, plants or even people. Manitoba used to be know as the land of 100,000 lakes so there is no shortage of water.
The sky is where all the drama happens. From a vast canvas of unending blue, to scary storms, to beautiful shades of pink and red, it is ever changing. Saskatchewan really does have the perfect motto- “Land of the living skies”. I attempted to capture some of the drama in the sky on my cards. It was the first time I tried to dye and use cheesecloth (wind). I found it was not an easy thing to do. The nice thing about making a number of cards is that I get to make each one unique. Some of you will get a sunset, some a blue sky. Some will have green fields, purple fields or brown fields. Each card is different.
June was also a Mystery location month. My cards were mailed from the small village of LOVE, Saskatchewan – population about 100. On Valentines Day it was listed on Google as one of the most romantic places in Canada. Brides from around the world send their invitations to the post office in Love so that they will have the special postmark.
Collectively our postcards traveled 7200 miles in June. That is our lowest month so far, but at a year-to-date total of 378,700 we have gone to the moon and are half way back to earth. How awesome is that!
Here are a couple cards I received. Don’t you love the interpretation of the theme? Each one is so unique. Virginia says that she wishes she was on the road to Paris. She even marked the metro stops with roller blades for her favorite sights. Marnie recently sold their trailer so her card was done in remembrance of all the fun trips they made to their summer home. It is so much fun to see what others come up with.
Let’s ‘Go Modern’ in July. And let’s hope that the postal workers stay on their jobs so that our postcards get delivered! Let me know by the 15th if you want a card from me. If the postal strike happens and continues to the end of the month I will make the trip to North Dakota and mail your cards from there. Either way, sooner or later you will get them.
One other thing – if you make one card, why not make 2? Sheila’s Quilt World is having a postcard swap. Check it out and see if you are interested.
Thanks for reading my post. Have a great week. Be creative and find a few minutes to play.