So ...... How much FUN was this new challenge ! I had a blast 'creating' this one-of-a-kind "Rock Garden !"
I was inspired by the "Rock Art !" book I bought so the Grand Babies and I could paint rocks while they were visiting us during the Thanksgiving holidays. Well... that project didn't happen, but the book is filled with inspirational art rocks including the picture of the "Rock Garden !"
The hand-dyed ("Rust-Dyed") background fabric was made using already-rusted objects I found in the field across the street from our house. It seemed just right to simulate a desert-kind of background. [As an aside, quilting through the dense areas of rust is challenging.... the rust marks really are "rusted metal," and the sewing machine needle(s) didn't particularly care for the "metal-to-metal" challenge !]
The Free-Motion quilting pattern is called "Pebbles." A "Rock Garden" with Pebbles seemed to be a perfect combination, and using a 40 wt. Madeira Rayon thread with lots of different colored 'speckles' gives the quilt a "desert" kind of look.
All the pieces for this Rock Garden were "Fussy Cut" from fabrics I have in my stash. What a joy it was to create this little 12" x 12" garden !