More Kansas Memories -Tumbleweeds

If you were reared in the Kansas sand hills as I was, or another state “out that way,” you know about tumbleweeds.  But, in case you don’t know, tumbleweeds grow along the sides of roads and anywhere they can.  They are a round plant with sturdy stems and small leaves.  In the fall they die, dry up, and the wind blows them across the fields.  They tumble along until they hit a fence row.  Then they tumble along the fence and pile up in the fence rows’ corners.  The Sons of the Pioneers (started in 1934) wrote and sang “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” sometime in the 1950s and I grew up hearing it on the radio. They sang the word “tumbling” with 3 syllables – tum-ble-ing.   Many people recorded the song including Marty Robbins and even Elvis.   Elvis dropped the “g” so his version is “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds.”  You can hear the song sung by the Sons of the Pioneers on YouTube at:

The QuiltToon is 19″ X 19″.  It is machine pieced, top-stitched  and embroidered.   Completed Feb. 2011.

The Photo and Text © 2011


About QuiltToonist

I'm a news junkie and have opinions about everything! I consider myself a folk artist because I have no formal art training and use the sewing skills I learned many moons ago to accomplish the fiber art I seem to have to express.
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6 Responses to More Kansas Memories -Tumbleweeds

  1. Frances says:

    Judy, I especially love this one, even though I am terribly allergic to the tumbleweed. The summer after my last year of Jr. High, my folks took me to an allergist in Halstead, and they used the needles all over my arms and back to see what I was allergic to. Tumbleweed was one of the highest ones, along with dust and chicken feed. . . Wouldn’t make a good farmer’s wife, would I. haha


  2. quilttoonist says:

    I remember the winds well. I kinda miss the wind…it seemed to clean your soul …or something. Judy


  3. Judy says:

    I really like this. The prairie and the open sky always appeal to me.


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