Then.... I found the perfect fabric as a background
for the embroidered designs.
It looks kinda like rock.
The designs would "pop" on this.
Then.... I found another fabric.
It reminds me of the red rocks of Sedona,
and Bryce Canyon,
and Santa Fe....
Several of the designs I liked the most required machine embroidery
This fabric would be awesome in an appliqué!
(Don't you think?!)
Then I went to a quilt guild sew day and I was introduced to
"Stack and Whack" quilts.
The finished results look somewhat like a kaleidoscope.
I found fabric in great colors for a "western" quilt,
and made some blocks using this technique.
Then I put it all together.
I found some thread with the perfect colors for quilting,
and I dreamed up some Indian-like designs to quilt,
and I went to work!
Nope, they aren't perfect!
But, considering that I've only been using the
longarm machine for a few months,
I'm not dissatisfied!
I completed the quilt, which I named "Navajo Nation",
(even though some of the designs are Hopi)
and I sent the quilt to my sister.
I sure did have fun on the whacky road to dreaming, designing and completing the quilt!