I love the saturation and delicate coloring of the little helianthemum (Helianthemum Nummularium) blooms...
In setting out to put a version of them on my quilt, I knew I would be taking a leap into a brighter intensity of color than what I've used before in this piece, and that this would start altering the composition of my quilt. But after warming up on those less obtrusive flowers, I was ready.
It is all part of the plan....scary to jump in, though!
You can see the two blooms I picked to bring inside while coloring my lace flowers. I am using Tsukineko ink for this.
Here is a real bloom next to the textile one going on. That's Edmar rayon thread in the stamens.
Fast forward...here they are all sewn on. That is ribbon from Riversilks in the leaves. Great stuff...it really doesn't run while being stitched!
And here it is in place on the quilt, in the lower left quadrant.
I want to balance out the Dame's Rocket, which is along the right edge of the quilt, with some Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica) along the left side.
If the #$%^& sun would ever come out, these blooms would pop open in no time. But I kind of like the idea of putting some buds on the quilt...they always suggest growth. These make a nice vertical element, too...and will go on next.
As a parting shot for this post, I want to share some garden art that my son Chad made in "clay class" this year; high school graduation requirements necessitated that my art-phobic son take one studio fine art class, so pottery it was.
Are you ready for his final project?
Yes, it is a snail, though to me it is just like the slugs that cause us grief around here.
Please note the tattoo along the side of the head, and if you look closely, the Frankenstein-like scar at the neck.
When he presented this to me I was understandably speechless...finally I stammered, "It's...it's....wow, Chad..."
"I know, Mom, it's really ugly. But it's cool."
"It's sure.............something..." my voice trailed off in wonder.....
But now it has pride of place guarding the broccoli.