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Heid Sanford Museum Artist of the Month

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cherokee artist Sandra Jean Heid is this month's featured artist at the Cherokee Sanford Museum. Her art quilts consist of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." Photo by Mike Leckband
Sandra Jean Heid of Cherokee is this month's featured artist at the Cherokee Sanford Museum. Her series of handmade art quilts of the "Seven Wonder of the Ancient World" are currently on display.

Those quilts are historical representations of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, The Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

The quilts are a representation of Heid's love of history, which began during her fourth grade year of school when she saw a picture of the "Hanging Gardens of Babylon" and she was enthralled with history from then on.

Heid got into quilting during the 1950's shortly after getting married. She credits her mother-in-law who was a quilter for getting her started. Heid began doing mostly traditional quilts at that time.

She continued with that style until the 1980's when she said she real got into history and decide to put historical themes on to her quilts.

She makes her own patterns for her art quilts and admits it takes a long time to make those patterns. She quilts everything on her own machines which she can produce sizes up to 40 inches by 40 inches. Heid manly uses cotton fabric, but throws in a bit of silk and other unique fabrics to get the tones and shapes she's looking for.

She has done several other series of different subject over the years, including the Queens of England and most notable the buildings of Cherokee.

Heid's quilts will be on display at the Cherokee Sanford Museum during the month of September.

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