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Frieda Big Road

Frieda Big Road

Oglala Lakota Sioux

Star quilts, plain, and designed quilt – hand and machine stitched

I learned quilting from an aunt of mine when I was a young single mother. I wanted to learn to quilt as a therapy. It gives me comfort because its relaxing and brings back memories for me. Each design has a story and it brings me a vision. When I see an eagle flying, it’s an inspiration for me. I like doing Turtles because it represents Turtle Island which is like the entire universe in our culture. I gave a Turtle to my oldest grandson for his Naming Ceremony and that’s a very special quilt to me. I joined the quilters co-op to get together with other people in the community and work together. We talk, laugh and learn from each other. It’s kind of like medicine for me. She is the great-great granddaughter of Chief Red Cloud. I’m also the youngest daughter of a Medicine Man named Mark Big Road.

Lovetta Iron Horse

Lovetta Iron Horse

Oglala Lakota Sioux

Star-quilts and features hand quilting

I got started when I was 27 and my grandmother and my mother-in-law taught me and I’ve been quilting ever since. It’s been handed down to me. A star quilt symbolizes a gift of love and tradition. The design represents the stars, the colors all mean something – red, white, and black represent the medicine wheel and healing. I joined the quilters co-op because I want to work with others and learn from each other. It’s building knowledge and community. The most meaningful quilt I design is the Eagle is because it represents strength, soaring high, wisdom and knowledge.

Amanda Lone Wolf

Amanda Lone Wolf

Oglala Lakota Sioux

I used to always help my mom make star quilts. I joined the co-op so that I could learn more about quilting the community of quilters. It’s very relaxing and fun for me to get to visit with the other quilters and learn how they make their quilts. We talk about the meanings and stories about the quilt. My mom always said it will only be a beautiful quilt if you put love and patience into it. I made a king-sized star quilt with a dark blue with some glitter and stars in the background. It’s was really pretty and I quilted to whole quilt myself. My mom made the pillows to go with it. My mom passed away seven years ago and those memories are very special to me now. Quilting reminds me of my mom and auntie. I hope to teach my daughter is only seven but she wants to learn how to quilt, bead and quill work. I’m looking forward to teaching her someday soon.