Swirling Waters

"Swirling Waters" inspired by photographs taken by Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey, and by the many hours spent watching and photographing the birds of coastal and freshwater wetlands.


I started this quilt following a pattern (Twisted Bargello, Chris Timmins, Patchwork & Quilting), but quickly tired of sewing the rows before I was halfway finished. Hanging on my design wall for several weeks, I started to see the swirling colors of waterfalls with moss covered rocks that I’ve spent so much time photographing in Oregon . Then it hit me. Leave it as it is and start playing. I free-motion embroidered the crane and wetland and continued this theme with free-motion quilting. All along the cascade, I quilted designs of moving water and water plants.

Rayon and polyester embroidery threads
Cotton/poly batting
Polyester threads for quilting

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