the summer of 2004, Cherokee Rose was considering ideas for First
Finder prizes to put in her letterboxes. "Creativity is a part
of who I am," she says. "I wanted something different
and personal." She is an avid quilter, but says it was actually
Mighty Mouse's idea for her to embroider patches for her FF prizes.
"For our 20th wedding anniversary, he bought me a new sewing
machine that also embroiders. I got so hooked on the embroidery
part that it took my quilting to a much higher level." When
she started sewing patches (see also: Regional
Patches), she knew she had found something unique that would
be representative of herself and her love of sewing and quilting.
"But be mindful," she pleads with sincere modesty, "I
am but a humble sewer and they are not professional quality."
the next few years, Cherokee Rose left patches as FF prizes in most
of the boxes she planted. Naturally, since each is a coveted one-of-a-kind
original, it's been difficult to find examples for inclusion in
this exhibit. After rummaging through her sewing room, she found
the one on the left and donated it as a representation of her work.
With her typical unassuming charm, she admits, "I did have
a special box in mind for it, but I didn't make it. I got a little
shy about putting it out there as a prize. Interestingly, though,
the rose in the center looks a lot like one of my original signature
second patch shown was contributed by the MookyDipper duo, who won
it by being First Finders of a Cherokee Rose box called "Rock
On!" Says Mooky, "It was, at the time, Alabama's only
mystery box. We found it on July 16, 2005. To find the box, you
needed to start in the home town of Bo Bice, who was an 'American
Idol' contestant that year. The reason we were in the area is because
we were, earlier that day, planting Alabama's second mystery box,
'State Highpoint Series: Alabama.'"
other two patches were generously donated by Mike (Red) and Carol
(Silly Ol' Bear) of Red's Bunch. Carol writes, "I didn't realize
how difficult it would be to part with them, but we are happy to
share for such a worthy cause." They found "Go Team"
on September 11, 2004, in the Atlanta area. "Moonlit Dreams"
was found sometime in 2005 at Paris Mountain State Park, near Greenville,
also: Handmade First Finder
Patches by Cherokee Rose