Helen's Heart by Larkin Jean Van Horn of Whidbey Island, Washington
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Hand dyed and textured silk organza, hand dyed cotton, seed and bugle beads, fused glass
At 8:32 a.m., on Sunday, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted, spewing ash over huge areas and collapsing the face of the mountain. At 9:00 a.m. that same morning, I boarded an airplane in Los Angeles for a return trip to Seattle which would take me right past the mountain, not knowing that the eruption had occured. When the pilot informed us of the morning's events, I was glad I had a window seat and would be able (hopefully) to see the mountain for myself. By the time we got to southwest Washington, the wind had blown most of the ash off to the east, and as we flew past the west side, we could see right down into the heart of the mountain. Mount St. Helens remains an active volcano, a feisty old gal who sends up occasional plumes to remind us that she is only sleeping. Also encompassed in the naming of this quilt is my great-Auntie Helen, another feisty old gal, who remains one of my favorite people. Helen's Heart is in the private collection of Rene Jennings.