Challenge Quilt 2012: My finished piece

19 10 2012

I set this year’s challenge for our annual quilting retreat. I had all sorts of possibilities running around in my head for this, but settled on these lines from the poem:

Of ragged mountain ranges…

I love her far horizons

I love her jewel-sea

For the quilting workshop I attended in Texas in March, I chose a photo that matched those lines and used it for my project. I finished the project when I returned to Australia, and I’ve also used it for this year’s challenge. Double-dipping at its best 😉

Here’s the original photo of the beach at Port Douglas, far north Queensland that was my inspiration for the art quilt I made (click on a photo to view it larger):

And here’s the finished art quilt, which uses elements from the photo without trying to be an exact reproduction of it:


I used Gloria Loughman’s technique for creating a 1/4″ inner framing border and I think it worked well, as did the 1″ dark framing border (in a lovely Aboriginal-style fabric), thus making this look like a framed picture.

This one is not for sale — I’m giving it a US friend who LOVES Australia and has been on holiday with us to far north Queensland.

For the process I used to make this art quilt and the workshop I did in Texas, see these blog posts:

By the way, I SO enjoyed the workshop week in Texas that I’m going to repeat it again in 2013 when I go to the US: (I’m registered for the Velda Newman workshop)