The second one, Stellar Jay at Nepenthe, is my contribution to the 2013 SAQA Auction.
I thought I'd share a little bit about how it was made. In a way it's a sister quilt to California Dreaming.
For the last few years my husband and I have been trying to travel with our kids to places that we feel are important for them to see. We've gone to Williamsburg and Jamestown, New York City, and a variety of our great national parks. Last summer we were fortunate enough to go to San Francisco and Los Angeles, with a fabulous drive in between down the California Coast.
My husband and I taking a little break outside the car to enjoy the view.
The day we left Monterey we went down the coast, oohing and aahing at every turn, until we reached Nepenthe. Some folks may be familiar with it because it's a very famous restaurant, but quilters and knitters might also know it as Kaffe Fassett's childhood home.
First I upped the contrast, removed the background, and created a screen print like, black and white image of the bird and the railing. Kaleidoscope Kreator was used to make the kaleidoscope in the background from part of the imagery in California Dreaming.
It's hard to see the quilting from the photo of the front of the quilt, so just for kicks here's a photo of the back before the facings were applied.