I finished the last 3 of my recent batch of small quilts for the AAQI. These each started as photo that I took and then played with in Photoshop before printing on fabric. I finished each of these using the stabilizer ‘frame’ that I described in this post. There’s a size limit of 9 by 12 inches on the AAQI quilts, otherwise I’d have made the frames a bit wider for each of these quilts.
Pink Daisy was actually a plain white daisy in my back yard, but the magic of Photoshop let me change the color. I had fun playing with different free-motion quilting patterns on each of the petals.
I took this photo of Delicate Arch at about 6 a.m. on a blazingly hot summer day at Arches National Park. The sunrise was beautiful and it even made it worth getting up at 4:30 and hiking 1.5 miles uphill to reach this spot.
Purple Orchid is from a photo of an orchid that I bought at Home Depot for about $10 several years ago. It bloomed spectacularly for quite a while, but it’s been dormant for a couple years now. Guess it might be permanently dormant at this point.
The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.
Therese of Lisieux
There are several ways of looking at Delicate Arch. Depending on your preconceptions you may see the eroded remnant of a sandstone fin, a giant engagement ring cemented in rock, a bow-legged pair of petrified cowboy chaps, a triumphal arch for a procession of angels, an illogical geologic freak, a happening—a something that happened and will never happen quite that way again, a frame more significant than its picture, a simple monolith eaten away by weather and time and soon to disintegrate into a chaos of falling rock.