CHRISTINE EARHART

The Art of Christine Earhart

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House Book (in progress)

My husband and I started our married life in Akron, Ohio in 1975.  We have moved often and no, we are not in the “Witness Protection Plan”.  My husband worked for an international corporation which took us to many countries as well as different states in the US.  I started doing needlepoint pictures of our houses, had them framed and the gallery grew.  Recently I decided to remove the needlepoints from their frames and put them in a book.  The left page includes photos of us during the time we lived in a house.  They are printed on fabric and incorporated into a patchwork of batiks.  The right page includes the needlepoint framed in batik.  Both pages have a cotton batting and are machine quilted.  The pages are 26″ x 16″.  Here is our story:

(I still have three more houses to do and they will be done in quilting rather than needlepoint.  I’ll get around to them in the next year, maybe. )

Posted October 30th, 2010.

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Akron, Ohio 1975-1976

Our first place together was an apartment on the second floor, white walls, white door and gray carpet in the hall.  Akron is very green, lush, hilly and surrounded by parks.  The autumn color is hard to beat.  It was the headquarters for all the tire companies and not unusual to see the Goodyear Blimp fly over your house.

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Lansing, Michigan 1976-1978

We moved to Lansing, Michigan and bought our first home where we learned to wall paper, paint, build a fireplace and landscape.  We spent winter weekends skiing in Northern Michigan and summer weekends boating on different lakes near us.  Jake, a golden retriever, joined our family.

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Wilmington, Delaware 1978-1979

The Wilmington house was our chance to “redo”.  The purple walls and orange shag carpet had to go.  Our renovations skills improved in and out of the house.  We had a grape arbor and fruit trees in the back yard.  The highlight of our stay in Delaware was the birth of our son, Jeff.

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Brussels, Belgium 1979-1981

We lived in Ohain, a village ouside of Brussels.  Our home was a modern house but had 19th century architectural features.  If you wondered if it was going to rain, the answer would be “why not?” We travelled to many European countries, loving them all,  but mostly we enjoyed our time home with Jeff and our new baby, Suzanne, our Brussel’s sprout!  Included in the quilt are photos of the Grand Place (the center of Brussels), the bois (the woods that surround the city), and the village of Ohain.

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Sao Paulo, Brasil 1981-1982

Sao Paulo was next on our tour.  We lived in a town house, one of twenty in a gated area.  It was three stories with balconies on the back of each floor.  Brazilians have to be some of the happiest people on the earth and Portuguese is my favorite language to hear.  Eight months was too short a time for Brasil.  The photos are of the city of Sao Paulo (15 million people at that time), Embu (a town outside of Sao Paulo that we would visit on weekends, a market stall with all the colorful fruits and vegetables and of course Carnival.

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Lima, Peru 1982-1983

Lima is a special place for me since it is my birthplace.  My father worked for one of the tire companies and I grew up moving all over the world.  This time with my family we lived in the hills outside of Lima in an area known La Molina.  Lima only gets two inches of rain a year so the hills are completely tan, no vegetation, and looks like the moon.  We had an old farm house with a pool, a place for many get togethers with friends and my husband’s softball team.  Photos are of Machu Pichu (a trip we wouldn’t miss), native women, fabric, and a llama.  The “tumi” is done in free motion quilting and is a common Peruvian symbol of a sacrificial, ceremonial knife used by the Incans.

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Lincoln, Nebraska 1983-1986

Lincoln, the prairie, was our next move.  We continued with our “redo” homes and this one was a 1940’s Art Deco house complete with an air raid shelter in the basement incase the Communist attacked.  The back had a two story rounded wall with glass block and that flat roof was not the smartest thing to have in Nebraska.  The yard was big and perfect for the children.  You can’t think on Nebraska without thinking of the Cornhuskers, University of Nebraska’s football team.  Everyone is a fan and RED is the color.  Our new addition to the family was Abbey, an airedale.  We lived a couple of hours from my in-laws who lived on a farm in Iowa.  Many weekends were spent with them and the first time we had lived near family.

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Akron, Ohio 1986-1991

Back to Akron and this time we bought a house known as “the witch’s house” because the lady never threw anything away, owned monkeys at one time and very eccentric.  A challenge!  New windows, kitchen and baths were the easy part.  Tearing down the trees to expose the house and digging out a buried swimming pool were the biggest improvements.  With our children in grade school, life was filled with sports, theirs and ours,  and my husband doing his fair share of coaching.  Abbey, the airedale, grew up and Taffy, a toy poodle joined the family.

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Melbourne, Australia 1991-1993

Melbourne. WOW!  Lucky us!  We lived outside of Melbourne in a town called Donvale.  Our house was down a steep,  curvy drive with a pool and tennis court in the back, a stream behind the property and we looked up a hill with lots of trees and horses.  We had a blue tonged lizard who often lounged on the rocks by our front door and the cockatoos, kookaburras and magpies kept us company. My husband had a couple of mates to bike with, mountains as well as around the bay.  Jeff and Suzanne were immersed in the Aussie life in and out of school.  I did the mom things as well as needle crafts, gardening and organizing trips around Australia and New Zealand for us.  Since we couldn’t take our dogs with us, we had Gaby, a miniature poodle, join our family in Melbourne.  Aboriginal symbols of a lizard, a long necked turtle,  a witchetty grub and two dreaming scenes are free motion stitched in some of the patch work squares.

Posted October 30th, 2010.

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