Last year I finished an art quilt for the Inspired by the National Parks challenge. Donna De Soto is again heading up a wonderful book project. I was thrilled to be able to make a landscape of one of our Utah parks. I was lucky to get the park nearest to where I live, Capitol Reef.
Ready to quilt
I did not take very many in progress photographs. I was too excited to get started! I had chosen to depict the Fruita Cliffs near the barn. I wanted to do a mosiac, so cut tiles of hand dyed and prints that had fusible web. I had drawn lines to designate the placement of the horizon and grassy areas. I used a solid background with the color name of Espresso. It was a very dark brownish black. I thought it gave the other colors a better contrast than solid black. I fused the tiles down to the background and then pin basted for quilting.
quilting on the back
I quilted the areas with what I thought would mimac what each section of tiles represented. I did take photographs of the back showing the quilting. I had previously written a blog post about my finish, but without showing the front.
I miss calculated and miscut my backing fabric. I really wanted to use this John Flynn Artifacts print from my stash. I thought the piece was large enough, but I cut it in the wrong direction. So I added a bit of the background fabric to fill in.
Adding the sleeve
I sleeved and labeled it and it went on its way to Donna.
Fruita Views (or Cliffs)
The finished piece! I didn't know what to the actual name of the cliffs was, so I titled it Fruita Views. Labor day weekend, Sweetie and I took a camping trip to Capitol Reef. It was fabulous! At the ranger station I found out that the cliffs were actually named Fruita Cliffs! I let Donna know, it was late in the game and I am not sure which title the quilt received in the book. But the book is due out soon! Donna has received her author's advance copy, I have my copy on order! The exhibit has already started to travel. Check the schedule here.