I live in the southwest (Utah) and love petroglyphs (ancient native american rock art). The quilt started with the shaman block (middle row, left). It sat around for awhile until an entry call for my Colorado art quilt group AQuA and their TEXT challenge. Perfect -petroglyphs are early text messages. Luckily, I was under a severe time crunch and so instead of obsessing over fabric choices (my usual m.o), I quickly choose fabrics using the shaman as a starting point. I barely made a dent in my petroglyph fabric collection and had a lot of fun, especially picking out another 5 designs. I had to use my favorite petro -the mountain lion (cat) from Petrified Forest N.P. (photo 3) and of course, Moab Man, the local icon (bottom row, left).
I used a mix of topstitch running stitch applique and traditional needleturn applique. I just taught the lion and sheep at Elaine's Quilt Block in Salt Lake and will be teaching them again at the Utah Quilt Guild fest in September (maybe Park City Girl will join me there).
This quilt, has traveled quite a bit and even been in a national magazine (Quilter's Newsletter Magazine) and in a booth at Quilt Market. But it is still a work in progress as I keep adding more hand quilting and keep finding more places to put more quilting. Guess I like it so much I want to keep on visiting with it.