This vibrant image is a quilt! The artist, Caryl Bryer Fallert, designed it digitally and then turned her image into a quilt. It won Best in Show at the American Quilters Society in 1995.
The way she designed it , and her process of making it, is fascinating. Go to her website and read all the details: http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/quiltrecords/Migration2/qrec_migration2.htm
But I have another story to tell about that vibrant art. I published a book of poetry in 2007 called Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky. The title came from something I read about radar images. Two decades or so ago, meteorologists were seeing something they couldn’t identify on their weather radar. It wasn’t raining, but it looked like rain on the radar. They called what they were seeing “scattered showers in a clear sky.” They discovered that they were seeing birds migrating!!!
I am both a poet and a birder, and I loved that anecdote and that name. So I used it as the title of my book. I wanted the publisher, Susan Bright of Plain View Press, to use this image on the cover:
It’s an actual radar image of migrating birds, taken by Dr. Sidney Gauthreaux in 1999.
But my publisher said it was too bleak to use on the cover!
So I went to good old Google images and typed in “Migration Birds” and arrived at Caryl’s artwork. I loved it, and wrote to her and received her permission to use it on the cover. ( I put the radar image on the inside cover). It turned out like this:
Now that is a vibrant cover!