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Thread: State Flower Fabrics - need advice from those who KNOW!

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    Fabri-Quilt is coming out with a (small) line of state flower fabrics. Here's a link:

    http://www.checkerdist.com/products/...f_v=P100&f_a=1

    I'm not sure about the Oklahoma flower, "Indian Blankets" (gaillardia). I've looked it up on the web and the info I've found suggests that mistletoe is the official state flower, and Indian Blankets are the official state wildflower.

    I didn't realize that a state could have two types of official flowers.

    Could anyone from Oklahoma shed some light on this?

    I must admit... Indian Blankets are a whole lot more showy than mistletoe!

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    I don't know anything about Oklahoma but I just wanted to say that I was lucky enough to purchase Carol Doak's Fifty Fabulous Stars book AND fabric with all the official state flowers for $50 recently. I was thrilled. Haven't made it yet.

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    Wow Dee, that is a very interesting site. Thank you for posting it. Lots of good information there. I'm supposed to be cleaning, but here I am (as usual) reading all the great stuff on the forum!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Fabri-Quilt is coming out with a (small) line of state flower fabrics. Here's a link:

    I didn't realize that a state could have two types of official flowers.

    Could anyone from Oklahoma shed some light on this?

    I must admit... Indian Blankets are a whole lot more showy than mistletoe!
    I used to live in OK and the state does have a lot of things designated as "state XXX". Each state has its' own list of what they recognize...so having a flower and a wildflower is not unusual. Alaska and a few others have state insects, etc. Getting something recognized as a "state xxx" is simply a matter of getting a legislator to nominate it and the majority of folks to agree to it.

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    I just looked at Ruby McKims 1930's State Flower patterns & she used the Mistletoe pattern for OK

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    Those are pretty :mrgreen: I didn't know Indiana was a pink peony .

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    according to this list OK has THREE official flowers...mistletoe is floral emblem, rose is state flower and the state wildflower...I lived there and I didn't know about the rose.....

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    [quote=Favorite Fabrics]

    I'm not sure about the Oklahoma flower, "Indian Blankets" (gaillardia). I've looked it up on the web and the info I've found suggests that mistletoe is the official state flower, and Indian Blankets are the official state wildflower.
    I didn't realize that a state could have two types of official flowers.

    One of my Guilds did a state flower raffle quilt a few years back. Oklahoma was represented by a red tea rose. NY's was a red rose (regular size rose)

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    The state of WA has so many official "fill in the blank" that I can't keep up LMBO
    So I am not surprised... We have a state flower, wild flower, shrub, tree, etc............. and a slug fits in there somewhere too LOL

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    This is really neat especially since I am going for the month long ride around the the states west of the Mississippi.

    I am planning to pick up a yard of fabric from each stop to make a quilt to commemorate the time spent on the bike, places I have seen and the people I get to meet. But if I can incorporate the States flower into my blocks then that would be awesome!!!

    Thanks for the links and for the thread!!!!

    Billy

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    Aunt Martha's transfers list Okla as mistletoe. Creamy white berries!

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    I can just picture Fabri-Quilt's management team sitting around the conference table debating what to do with Oklahoma!
    Do they use mistletoe and it's very insignificant yellow flowers?
    Pretty, but hardly the color "pop" they want with the rest of the line and not very well known.
    Do they use mistletoe and it's fruit?
    Much more familiar, but can't really use a fruit in the flower line, that'd be like using rose hips for New York!
    With an obvious, and very colorful alternative, I bet it was pretty much a no-brainer for Fabri-Quilt. ;-)

    And an FYI, New Hampshire also has a state flower, the Purple Lilac (which is actually a shrub :roll: ), and a state wildflower, the Pink Lady's Slipper.

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    WHY Oklahoma State Flower was changed from Mistletoe to Indian Blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics View Post
    Fabri-Quilt is coming out with a (small) line of state flower fabrics. Here's a link:

    http://www.checkerdist.com/products/...f_v=P100&f_a=1

    I'm not sure about the Oklahoma flower, "Indian Blankets" (gaillardia). I've looked it up on the web and the info I've found suggests that mistletoe is the official state flower, and Indian Blankets are the official state wildflower.

    I didn't realize that a state could have two types of official flowers.

    Could anyone from Oklahoma shed some light on this?

    I must admit... Indian Blankets are a whole lot more showy than mistletoe!
    This is WHY the Oklahoma State Flower used to be Mistletoe, but was changed to Gillardia (spelling?) or common name Indian Blanket (not Indian Paint Brush). The original State 'flower' Mistletoe is of course not a true flower, but is an actual parasite. This seems an odd choice...but there was a very meaningful reason behind the choice. Where settlers moved into this arid land there were so very many deaths that winter. And of course there were no true flowers to place upon their graves. The only semblance for anything to be found was mistletoe in those frigid months. There were folks living in dug-outs, etc. with little protection from the elements. It was a very painful time for many families.

    But times changed, and history is often forgotten. Whether it is agreed upon by every Oklahoma citizen or not, the Officially recognized State Flower was changed to the beautiful Indian Blanket... I hope this helps folks to understand.
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