|RAILROAD THROUGH THE CANYON|
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This quilt evolved in a class with Katie Pasquini Masopust that Alice, Sara and I took this Spring at Quilting Adventures. Katie calls this new technique “stitched painting” because it combines painting and quilting.
First, we chose one color scheme to use on two or three canvases. Then using our chosen colors of acrylic paint, we created abstract paintings on each canvas. After the paintings dried, we applied fused fabric to each canvas using our own "stash." The next step was to add one or more additional layers of thin acrylic paint and/or stamp impressions. Then came the fun!
After the canvases dried, we cut them apart and began to reassemble them into complex compositions. When we were satisfied with our designs, we layered each canvas with felt batting and machine stitched the various pieces together using a zigzag stitch. I used two threads: apricot and dark brown.
The final step was machine quilting, which I did after returning home. Katie frames all of her pieces, but, since my quilt was a 12x12, I chose a different technique. I fused a complimentary fabric onto one side of Timtex and used that for the backing. I chose a very dark brown cotton fabric for the binding.
When I look at this quilt, I see a canyon at sunset with railroad tracks that wander in and out of the mountains and valleys. It reminds me of a Colorado train ride that my husband and I took. I see a canyon, railroad tracks, a sunset, a river, mountains, trees and rocks in my quilt. What do you see?