Friday, April 29, 2016


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.

This is my off the wall and Finish up Friday post.

Also linking to Emily's Moving it forward.


  1. I like this finish. I have often wondered what a quilt made from mosaic pieces would look like ... and now I know!

  2. I loved looking at your finished piece close up. Congratulations!

  3. That's just marvelous! Thank you for sharing how you did this.

  4. WOW! It is amazing! I love the mosaic look! Good job!

  5. I saw the exhibit last summer at the Sisters Quilt Show here in Oregon. They'd placed it in the world's trickiest place to find and I finally had to ask a friend I recognize to lead me to it! But it was worth the hunt. So many lovely and creative and unusual quilts about our beautiful national park system...just like yours! Thanks for sharing that this one was yours..most of them were so high up that there was no way we could read their names or the quilters names in the hot bright sun, but the beauty of the quilts all shone through and it made for a gorgeous display!


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