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Quilty Inspiration in the Desert

A Second Floria Quilt, inspired by the beauty of West Texas

Two years ago, we went to Big Bend National Park over the Christmas holiday, and were fascinated by the purple prickly pear cactus. While we are native Texans and no strangers to prickly pear, we had never seen this species (Opuntia macrocentra) until our trip to Big Bend.

They were so beautiful, I used them as a quilty inspiration for my second Floria quilt. I pulled several black and white prints, with a single magenta fabric. The fabrics are:

Jardin Noir by Robert Kaufman

Illustrations- Moody Florals by Moda Fabrics

Mandala Magic from Island Batik

Fleur Noire Plaid by Riley Blake Designs

Fleur Noire Criss Cross by Riley Blake Designs

Alchemy Enamored by Tim Holtz

And when we took another Christmas trip down there this year, quilt and prickly inspiration got to meet!

The desert is so beautiful this time of year. And cold! It got down to 17 degrees one of the nights we were there!

The quilting is the Sketch pantograph by Longarm League, in gold thread.


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