After our month-long trip to Minnesota in Dec-Jan, I’ve been finishing some quilts that have been around a while, as well as working on new ones. Here is a photo of the second Grand Canyon quilt (the first one was Canyon Sentinels, finished about a year ago). The photos were taken on our family trip in October of 2009, and I printed the images and stitched the top together way last year.
The entire collage was done on the computer in Photoshop, then printed as eight 12 x 18 images, so that the entire quilt is one fabric surface.
I took the layered quilt with me to Minnesota and was able to get the basic straight-line quilting around the sections done. Then I started on free-motion quilting the background. I used a multi-color thread and was very happy with the look. It was more challenging to find the right threads for the trees and canyons. I decided that I wanted to accent the edge of the “border” with a couched yarn, but nothing I tried seemed right. Then I discovered a multi-color fiber in the back of a drawer that I must have purchased at least five or six years ago, with no particular idea in mind, and it was perfect!
I’m still not really happy with the sleeve technique on the faced edge, but I’ll keep trying. I decided to call it Echoes and Juniper Berries. I’ll show you some of the other quilts next time.
Here is the quilt: