This has always been one of my favorite photo's I took while traveling during my junior year of college. Several friends where traveling with me and we had a picnic lunch on the Abbey's grounds.
I used several of my favorite "quilting" tools to make this piece - my scanner, computer and printer. After scanning the photo in and doing a little color adjustment, I printed it out on four pieces of fabric which I then pieced together to get the full quilt.
I used a little trapunto on the largest arch way, a little thread sketching and lots and lots of machine quilting.
I knew I wanted an irregular edge, so I finished it with a little bit of yarn that I couched over.
I called the piece Portal as I could see this as a doorway to the past - both to mine and the monks.