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:        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGk7Io4chO8

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

The Photo and Text © 2011


One Response to Tumbleweeds

  1. Karen Harvey says:

    I grew up with tumbleweeds in a dry land farming area of south central Colorado and this quilt is like a photo from my childhood.


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