Mudcracks in the Canyon

Thirty years ago I went rafting down the Rio Grande.  It was a wonderful trip -- beautiful canyons and valleys by day and the most vivid stars I'd ever seen at night.  I snapped a lot of pictures, of course.  This is one of them. 

I was fascinated by the pattern of the mud cracks then and I am fascinated still.  So I decided to try to recreate them in fabric.  After all, it's what I do.

I pulled fabrics and got to work.  The mud cracks went together quickly...
The black lines on the design wall are the finished size of the quilt.  It will be 32"w x 48"h after quilting.
Yesterday I pieced the green reeds on the side of the canyon and today I pieced the cliffs.  And then I put it together.
The finished top is 38"w x 54"h.  Hopefully that will leave me a lot of room for quilting and binding. I'm hoping to enter the quilt in a SAQA regional show, Life Along the Rio Grande.  The deadline is looming!

I'm linking up with Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Confessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!


Marianne said…
Quelle belle construction. Je me réjouis de le voir totalement fini.
it's amazing how much it looks both like the mud cracks of your picture and some sort of city map - manmade imitating nature!
Cas said…
Just wonderful, you're inspired me to try replicating some New Zealand photos.