Address: 4311 Hanson Road, Ellensburg, Wa
(Private Property, Please do not trespass to take photos)
Quilt Block: “Sunrise in the Pines”
Quilt History: Patti Erickson is the descendant of Dorinda Moody Slade, a pioneer who traveled from her birthplace in North Carolina to Alabama, on to a homestead in Texas and then on to southern Utah. In the course of her life she married and survived 3 husbands and gave birth to 8 children. and she mothered 11 step-children.
Living in isolated rural areas, busy with daily chores and raising a brood of children, Dorinda turned to quilting as a creative outlet. Her superior needlework and quilting skills won her recognition during her lifetime. She won a blue ribbon at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. and continues to be recognized for her quilting. She is the subject of a book, Pioneeer Quiltmaker by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis. And also appears in the 1996 book Quilts and Women of the Mormon Migration by Mary Bywater Cross. Some of her quilt s are displayed in museums in Salt Lake City and San Francisco.
Dorinda Moody Slade is described a a woman of integrity and strength and epotomizes the hard-working, resourceful, devoted and creative women that settled the American West.
Farm History: Wayne Erickson’s Great-Grandfather, Henry Frederick, traveled with his wife Anna from Nebraska to the Kittitas Valley in the late 1870’s. The family homesteaded 160 acres in this area of Hanson Road.
Henry died of pneumonia in 1877 and left Anna with 6 children to raise, including Wayne’s Grandfather, Jake Frederick. Anna was encouraged to marry Patrick Carey, a widower with 6 children, soon after.
Jake was the only one of Anna’s children that stayed and worked the farm with his wife (also named Anna) his entire life. He had to purchase his late-Mother’s farm in 1905 from his Step-father’s estate in order to keep the farm in his family. Jake was instrumental in getting electricity and telephone service installed for the county’s rural farmers. He and his farm neighbors cut the trees for the utility poles themselves.
Patti and Wayne wanted to honor their pioneering ancestors with a barn quilt. Dorinda Slade’s quilt, “Sunrise in the Pines” is the inspiration for this barn quilt and Henry Frederick’s homestead farm is providing the barn backdrop for it. (The farm is no longer in Wayne’s family, but was generously offered to host the barn quilt by the existing owners.)