Ahhhh.... Canyons ! In a past life, I worked for ARCO Alaska, Inc. (a subsidiary of ARCO Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of Atlantic Richfield Company). Among the incredible jobs I had at ARCO, the most fascinating by far was working for the Exploration Department which was tasked with finding new deposits of oil and gas. To accomplish that, brilliant teams of geologists and geophysicists explored surface and sub-surface areas of the land and sea looking for specific types of rocks and strata (stratigraphy) that could or might indicate the presence of hydrocarbons (aka oil and/or gas).
In the late 90's I met Dr. Richard L. Brooks, a Paleontologist on our staff, and my concept of geology was turned upside down ! Dick introduced me to the fascinating world of "Foraminifera" (forams) which are the skeletal remains of microscopic sea shells, plants, vertebrates, etc. Put in simpler terms, he allowed me to view these ancient relics also known as Fossils.....which lead to "fossil fuels" which are known as oil and gas !
The different types of strata are like layers that are 'sandwiched' in and among many different types of rocks, minerals, etc. As you might imagine, these layers are present in canyons all over the world ... above and below the earth's surface. In my quilt, I chose to delve into a very specific portion of a canyon that illustrates a Geological Strata.
My inspiration was a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" picture from of all things, a Sherwin Williams paint color book. As soon as I saw that picture, I knew it was to become my Canyon quilt.
Using chalk, I drew a few significant lines onto a piece of "strie" fabric and added two layers of pale yellow tulle to soften the lines in the fabric. [Prior to quilting, I layered the fabric/tulle with batting and 2 layers of stabilizer.] Then came the fun part ... selecting threads (there are about 20 different types of thread in the quilt), and free-motion "thread painting" my interpretation of the picture. I didn't keep track of the time I spent on quilting, but lots and lots of hours were devoted to this phase of the quilt :-D
For the back of the quilt, I used a "Key-hole" type of binding (one of my favorites). The backing fabric is a "canyon-y" type fab that Maven Judy W. and I 'rust dyed' when I was still in Anchorage, AK.
I hope all of you enjoyed this Challenge. "Canyon" is one of my most favorite pieces !