Back in January, we made our second trip to The Wave, a beautiful striped oasis nearly sitting upon the Utah-Arizona border.
We'd been trying to score on the monthly permit lottery for seven years and finally were drawn last fall. Only 20 people are allowed to hike into The Wave each day, 10 three months in advance and 10 in a same-day lottery.
We'd taken our chances in 2012 and driven out to Kanab in the dead of winter to see if we might get lucky in the same-day lottery. A raging blizzard kept most same-day hopefuls warm at home, and we were able to visit The Wave for the first time. The winter day was short, we couldn't begin our hike until after the drawing, and Kanab is a good 50 miles or so from The Wave trailhead. We did it, but we longed for a full day and a sunrise at The Wave.
This year, we got what we wanted, minus the sunrise. We had a full day exploring The Wave and Coyote Buttes. I took about 800 photos. I turned one of them pink. Then I played with the pink landscape in Photoshop. I turned the manipulated images into Spoonflower fabric. And now I have a full yard, minus one square, with which to play!
I'm not sure yet what I will do with the fabric or the experimental quilt square I whipped up on the first night with my lovely new fabric, but I'm thinking that little square might make a nice baby blanket. I like to embellish my quilts with crochet, so I may make a few more log cabin squares, then cut a few white squares the same size to alternate with the pink ones, and then crochet pink snowflake motifs to applique onto the white squares.
I'd also like to make my favorite bag with a panel of six of the fabric squares. But I don't carry a pink bag. I may have to do this again with a blue Wave so I can make a bag I can use to haul my crafting on the commuter train every day.
I expect Photoshop fun is about to ensue...
Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict here and Crazy Mom Quilts here.