Round-Up of Quilts of Sally Snow Eklund

The following are the first batch of quilts and other handmade artworks that were found in the home and workshop of Sally Snow Eklund in Assonet, Massachusetts–more will be added soon. Any family members and friends interested in particular pieces please drop a line.

001 Christmas tree

001 Christmas tree

002 Angel playing trumpe

002 Angel playing trumpet

003 Flowers and lily pads

003 Flowers and lily pads (Janna)

004 Four Square Five (1986)

004 Four Square Five (1986)

005 Tie dye

005 Tie dye

006 Frog king

006 Frog king (Martha)

007 Rooster weather vane

007 Rooster weather vane

008 Compass

008 Compass (Rob)

009 Flower

009 Flower

010 Flowers

010 Flowers

011 Three Flowers

011 Three flowers

012 Geometric Four By Four

012 Geometric four by four

013 Daphne's Dilemma (7 Nov 1991)

013 Daphne’s Dilemma (7 Nov 1991)

014 Geometric stars

014 Geometric stars

015 Twilt Stars (1984)

015 Twilt Stars (1984)

016 Sailboat with palm tree

016 Sailboat with palm tree

017 Raspberry Float (1984)

017 Raspberry Float (1984)

018 Christmas stocking

018 Christmas stocking

019 Four flowers

019 Four flowers

020 House four square

020 House four square

021 Geometric figures

021 Geometric figures

022 Giraffe jacket - back

022 Giraffe jacket – back

023 Giraffe jacket - front

023 Giraffe jacket – front

024 Flower wreath pillow case

024 Flower wreath pillow case

025 Stars and pyramids

025 Stars and pyramids

026 Flying discs

026 Flying discs

027 Mermaid

027 Mermaid

028 Red geometric stars

028 Red geometric stars

029 Flower wreath with flower in center

029 Flower wreath with flower in center

030 Venus Ascending (6 Apr 1991)

030 Venus Ascending (6 Apr 1991)

031 Rosy Posy (1993)

031 Rosy Posy (1993)

032 Tree in front of brick wall

032 Tree in front of brick wall

033 Six stars (1986)

033 Six stars (1986)

034 The High Heath (1986)

034 The High Heath (1986) (Leslie)

035 Four curls

035 Four curls

036 Blue checkerboards

036 Blue checkerboards

037 Flowerpot

037 Flowerpot

038 Star square

038 Star square

039 Multi-color star with flower wreaths

039 Multi-color star with flower wreaths

040 Pleides - The Flight of Doves (1985)

040 Pleides – The Flight of Doves (1985)

041 Geometric triangles

041 Geometric triangles

042 Rows of blue triangles

042 Rows of blue triangles

043 Five rows of stars

043 Five rows of stars

044 Swan jacket

044 Swan jacket

045 Flowers and mountain

045 Flowers and mountain

046 6x5 geometric

046 6×5 geometric

047 5x4 flowers

047 5×4 flowers (1975)

048 Flower wreaths

048 Flower wreaths

049 5x5 geometric stars

049 5×5 geometric stars

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Sally Eklund, 1937-2015

Sally Eklund wearing one of her original creations, circa 1980

Sally Eklund wearing one of her original creations, circa 1980

Born in April 1937, Sarah “Sally“ West grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In the early 1960s, she and her first husband moved to the southeastern part of the state where they raised three children. An accomplished artist who created hundreds of quilts and original artworks in the textile medium, she was first known as Sally Snow in her professional life.

After remarrying in the 1980s, Sally Eklund continued living and working in New England with her second husband and life companion, relocating to the Caribbean permanently in the 1990s. Throughout her life, she enjoyed spending time with family, reading, cooking, gardening, singing, and playing folk songs on the auto harp. She also was a faithful caretaker of a series of beloved dogs.

As friends and family are scattered across the far ends of the world, an online selection of photos from the life of Sally Eklund has been compiled below in lieu of a formal obituary or service. And in the joyful, celebratory spirit of a New Orleans-style funeral, a favorite song from The Carter Family, featuring “Mother” Maybelle Carter, is included below.

To a full life lead with energy, passion, and, as stated in a final conversation, “without regret.”

A gallery of photos from the life of Sally Eklund, 1937-2015

George and Sally in 1937

with fraternal twin George in 1937

parents George and Bernice

parents George and Bernice West in Essex, Massachusetts in 1933

Sally and brother George in 1938

with brother George in 1938

Nancy, George, and Sally around 1938

Nancy, George, and Sally in 1939

the West kids - George, Sally, Martha, and Nancy

the West kids, George, Sally, Martha, and Nancy, around 1940 or 1941

Bernice and George in the summer of 1941

parents Bernice and George in the summer of 1941

four West kids Martha, Nancy, Sally, and George in the 1940s

Martha, Nancy, Sally, and George in the early 1940s

mother Bernice with George, Nancy, Sally, and Martha about 1944

mother Bernice with George, Nancy, Sally, and Martha about 1944

four West kids in the early 1940s: Nancy, Martha, Sally, and George

four West kids in the early 1940s: Nancy, Martha, Sally, and George

Sally in the 4th grade

school picture in 1947

her father, a lifelong Red Sox fan, in the summer of 1949

her father, a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox, in the summer of 1949

Sally and Martha in the summer of 1949

with sister Martha in the summer of 1949

Sally in 1950

Sally in 1950

Sally Eklund (née West), with her sister, circa 1950

with her sister around 1952

Sally in 1953

high school in 1953

Sally West on ski trip to New Hampshire in 1954

on ski trip to New Hampshire in 1954

a classmate and Sally in the mid-1950s

with a a classmate in the mid-1950s

Sally and friend in class shot from around 1954

with male friend in class shot from around 1954

Nan and Sally around 1954

with friend Nan around 1954

high school picture from around 1954-1955

high school picture from around 1954-1955

with brother-in-law and wife in 1960s

with first husband, brother-in-law, and his wife in 1960s

Sally and first husband in 1964

with husband in 1964

Sally shortly after adopting oldest son in late 1964

shortly after adopting first child in late 1964

Sally, husband, oldest son, and family basset hound in 1965

with husband, first child, and family Basset Hound in 1965

Sally with daughter, sister-in-law of husband's older brother, and her three children, and older son in mid-1960s

with daughter, sister-in-law of husband’s older brother and her three children, and older son in mid-1960s

on farm in South Dartmouth, Masachusetts in the mid-1960s

on farm in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts in the mid-1960s

Sally and daughter around 1966

with daughter around 1966

birthday party in 1966

birthday party in 1966

Sally in the mid-1960s

with older son around 1968

with two oldest children in late 1960s

with two oldest children in late 1960s

Sally with oldest two children and dog in the late 1960s

with oldest two children and dog in the late 1960s

Sally with two oldest kids and companion of husband's youngerest brother and her daughters in the early 1970s

with two oldest kids and companion of husband’s youngest brother and her daughters in the early 1970s

family Halloween in the early 1970s

Sally and the children in the early 1970s

Sally with her three children

Sally and daughter in the 1970s

with daughter in the 1970s

Sally’s three children eating lunch at grandma’s house with her younger sister’s children in the mid 1970s

opening gifts with daughter in the 1970s

opening gifts with daughter in the 1970s

with younger son, daughter, husband, and friends in the mid-1970s

family meal around 1977

with youngest two children, mother-in-law and some family pets in the late 1970s

Sally with autoharp at Southeastern Massachusetts University in the 1980s

with auto harp at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth) in the 1980s

Sally with goat on farm in Myricks in the 1980s or so

with goat on farm in Myricks in the 1980s or so

with oldest son in the mid-1980s

with oldest child on visit in the mid-1980s

Sally and Karl

with husband Karl on farm in the 1980s

with husband, youngest two children, and pet goats in the 1980s

in the kitchen sometime around the 1980s

in the kitchen sometime around the 1980s

younger son, mother Bernice, daughter, and Sally in the 1980s

with youngest two children, mother-in-law, and family friend in the 1980s

Sally at work

at work around the 1980s or so

Sally in the 1970s or 1980s

Sally in the 1980s

Sally with her sister-in-law Marge

with her sister-in-law Marge in the 1980s or so

Sally and Karl in Massachusetts around the 1990s

with husband around the late 1980s

with three children and mother-in-law in the early 1990s

with dear friends Philip, Penny, and family in the Caribbean around the late 1990s

with Philip, Penny, and family in the Caribbean in the late 1990s

Sally and husband in 2001

with husband in 2001

in the kitchen in 2006

in the kitchen in 2006

jewelry Sally sold in Caribbean gift shop

besides clothing, Sally also made jewelry and various food products

Sally and daughter-in-law in Georgetown in 2006

with daughter-in-law in Georgetown in 2006

with daughter-in-law, husband at friend Shirley's hotel-restaurant in 2006

with daughter-in-law, husband at friend Shirley’s hotel-restaurant in 2006

Sally with daughter-in-law in 2006

with daughter-in-law in 2006

Sally Eklund with her husband and daughter-in-law in 2006

with husband and daughter-in-law in 2006

Sally and Karl on the island

with partner in the 2000s

working in the kitchen in 2008

working in the kitchen in 2008

cooking lessons in 2008

cooking lessons in 2008

making pizza from scratch in 2008

making pizza from scratch in 2008

Sally and family with Taiwanese ambassador to St. Vincent in 2008

family with Taiwanese ambassador to St. Vincent in 2008

Taiwanese agricultural mission at Orange Hill, St. Vincent in 2008

Taiwanese agricultural mission at Orange Hill, St. Vincent in 2008

Sally and members of the Taiwanese community on St. Vincent plus her daughter-in-law prepare for a Lunar New Year feast in 2008

with members of the Taiwanese community on St. Vincent plus her daughter-in-law preparing for a Lunar New Year feast in 2008

Emily and Philip in 2008

Emily and Philip in 2008

Sally shopping in St. Vincent in 2008

shopping in St. Vincent in 2008

Sally at the Pirates of the Caribbean set in St. Vincent in 2008

at the Pirates of the Caribbean set in St. Vincent in 2008

Sally with Ben, Shelia, older son, and daughter-in-law on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean in St. Vincent in 2008

with Ben, Shelia, older son, and daughter-in-law on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean in St. Vincent in 2008

Sally and daughter-in-law in the Caribbean in 2008

with daughter-in-law in the Caribbean in 2008

with family and friends Ann and Paul in 2008

with family and friends Ann and Paul in 2008

Sally and daughter-in-law at the beach in 2008

with daughter-in-law at the beach in 2008

Sally working in her Caribbean garden in 2008

working in her Caribbean garden in 2008

with family on the Tobago Cays in the Grenadines in 2008

with family on the Tobago Cays in the Grenadines in 2008

Sally with husband, older son, and daughter-in-law in 2008

with husband, older son, and daughter-in-law in 2008

Sally and Karl in 2009

driving in 2009

Sally and daughter-in-law in island garden in 2010

with daughter-in-law in island garden in 2010

at a birthday party at the Baldwin residence in the 2010s

at a birthday party at the Baldwin residence in the 2010s

Sally, Karl, and Cheryl in 2013

with Cheryl in 2013

Sally, husband, and friend in 2013

Baldwin, Sally, and husband in 2013

Ann, Sally, Paul, and Karl in 2013

Ann, Sally, Paul, and Karl in 2013

with family in 2013

with family in 2013

Sally in 2013

Sally in 2013

Kelly, Ceana, and Conroy in 2013

Kelly, Ceana, and Conroy in 2013

Kelly and Ceana with Samson and Paulie in 2013

Kelly and Ceana with Samson and Paulie in 2013

Sally with husband, daughter-in-law, and older son in 2014

with husband, daughter-in-law, and older son in 2014

Sally with daughter-in-law and friend in May 2014

with daughter-in-law and four-legged friend in May 2014

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“Indian Summer,” a quilt by Sally Eklund

One year in the late-1970s, Sally Eklund was shuttling back and forth between her residence near Boston and a series of meetings held at a local university in southeastern Massachusetts. This particular year the colors of the late October-early November foliage lining Route 140, the New England highway she used each way, were so brilliant and evocative that Eklund was inspired to create an original quilt entitled “Indian Summer.”*

"Indian Summer," a quilt by Sally Eklund

“Indian Summer,” a quilt by Sally Eklund

The Eisteddfod
The meetings were follow-up discussions concerning a music and crafts show, the Eisteddfod, held at UMass Dartmouth (then known as Southeastern Massachusetts University) each October between 1972 and 1996. Eklund and her husband Karl were actively involved, she selling hand-crafted quilts, clothing, and food items (as well as heading a crafts committee that year) and he as a musical performer at a festival that drew traditional musicians from across the country and around the world.

Eisteddfod Logo from SMU/UMass Dartmouth music and arts festival (http://www.lib.umassd.edu/archives/htga/smuumd-eisteddfod)

Eisteddfod Logo from SMU/UMass Dartmouth music and arts festival (http://www.lib.umassd.edu/archives/htga/smuumd-eisteddfod)

Procion Dyes
Coincidently, that summer Sally Eklund had been experimenting with Procion dye, a type of cold reactive dye chosen because it does not use the same harsh chemicals and heavy metals typically employed by alternatives. This makes it is easier to use at home than other dyes (in addition to being more environmentally friendly). Procion dyes are also known for retaining their color and are unique because they work best with natural fibers like cotton, wool, and silk.

As part of the artistic process, Eklund dyed pieces of fabric, some solids and some irregulars. This allowed her to create a variety of colors using a number of different techniques. She explained:

“this enables you to work with the shapes and the colors, to see how they play against each other. For example, you place red next to green and yellow and the look is completely transformed if the same color is adjacent to blue and orange.”

Autumn foliage in Boston, Massachusetts (photo courtesy of www.FinancialAidPodcast.com / www.ChristopherSPenn.com)

Autumn foliage in Boston, Massachusetts (photo courtesy of http://www.FinancialAidPodcast.com / http://www.ChristopherSPenn.com)

Please note, since the last post, approximately 30 new quilts have been added to the galleries located in the upper left-hand corner, as well as one new category, Clothing and Accessories.

*For those unfamiliar with the term “Indian summer,” its etymology is disputed and the meaning can vary depending on location in the world or even within the United States. For a resident of New England, the term is generally agreed to refer to a period of unexpected warm, dry weather that occurs around late-September to the middle of November.

Introduction: Welcome to Sally’s Quilts

Welcome to Sally’s Quilts, a website for sharing a selection of the quilted artwork of Sally Eklund, a quilter and textile artist who has been creating original works of textile-based art in New England and the Caribbean for more than 40 years.

"Myth," a quilt by Sally Eklund

“Myth,” a quilt by Sally Eklund

Sally Eklund’s quilted creations are organized in six non-exclusive categories: Animals, Geometric, Man-made, Nature, Plants, and Clothing & Accessories. One example of each is found in today’s post, as well as in the individual photo galleries arranged by subject in the upper left-hand corner of the browser page.

"Blueberry," a quilt by Sally Eklund

“Blueberry,” a quilt by Sally Eklund

A Place To Be Inspired

This site is a place where quilters and textile artists can come for ideas and examples. The artist, who went by Sally Snow and Sally-Snow Eklund earlier in her professional career, used a variety of materials, techniques, and inspirations over the course of producing hundreds of original textile creations from the 1970s to the 2010s.

Asian-Carribean fish applique with Batik border by Sally Eklund

Asian-Caribbean fish applique with Batik border by Sally Eklund

How To Start: What Are the Typical Steps Needed To Create a Quilt or Article of Clothing?

The process of creating a quilt or any type of quilted garment or bag often includes: selecting or creating a pattern, selecting and/or dyeing the fabric, and then, depending on the type of quilt, either sewing the individual panels, which are then stitched together to create the quilt, or directly sewing the quilt or quilted piece of clothing (e.g. jacket, vest, or skirt).

vests with flower design created by Sally Eklund

vests with flower design created by Sally Eklund

Many first-time quilters find attending a group class is a good place to start, both for learning new skills and for developing friendships and useful contacts in the greater quilting community. The latter is especially helpful for sourcing the necessary materials and equipment at the best prices available.

a quilting class conducted by Sally Eklund

a quilting class conducted by Sally Eklund

Alternatively, these days many excellent DIY and how-to publications including magazines, books, and online resources can help to get a newbie pointed in the right direction. A quick search on the Web will yield plenty of results. A modern-day book of patterns (which often include ample color pictures, detailed step-by-step instructions, and sometimes even the patterns on CD or at an associated website–one example is the 2012 publication from Moya’s Workshop, Purses, Bags & Totes) will launch a budding quilter on the right track.

a selection of How-To books at a quilting show in Santa Clara in October 2013

a selection of popular How-To books at a quilting show in Santa Clara in October 2013

And here’s one more piece done in recent years dedicated to the Scandinavian heritage of Eklund’s husband.

A Norse-themed quilt drawing inspiration from family history by Sally Eklund

A Norse-themed quilt drawing inspiration from family history by Sally Eklund