I started thinking about other spiritual depth and discovery associations, and came up with the idea of the skeletal leaf, the hills, and the spiral. I dug through my stash to find evocative fabrics, working with the theme of this deep and creative blue. I've been doing dreamwork and analysis the last few months as well, and am working with images of vibrant red and deep electric blue dragons and lizzards from a series of dreams. So I figured I would explore within that blue color palate... The diagonal strips are from an old pair of thai fisherman's pants that were made from recycled saris, the purple and gold brocade is from a bag of scraps I picked up somewhere, as is the middle hill. The patterned cotton cloth is from my stash :-) I used a bit of a variegated novelty yarn from a prior weaving project as a bit of trim and glitter.
I was so pleased with myself for figuring out how to free-motion embroider on my vintage sewing machine (see below), and I quilted the layers together with a variegated sewing thread. You can just barely see where I free-motion embroidered "Discover" in the center of the quilt. And then on top of the hills, there's a shape that reminds me of the red rock formations of Navajo land. It was a happy accident, as it came from sewing under and between the writing spaces on the back... But is very fitting and appropriate and really felt like it finished the peice...
I feel like I've discovered a whole new medium, and am really looking forward to exploring what I can do with cloth and thread... and embroidery.