Sunday, September 15, 2013
JW's: Garden Greenery
Green is my Dad’s favorite color. Growing up in a green house with green kitchen cabinets and oh yes... that pure green carpet - ugh! It wasn’t that I detested green, I just appreciate the entire rainbow. Funny how some things revisit my life. Our green house exterior is a prelude to several shades of green walls throughout the interior. Even my new studio remodel is now awash in a pale yellowish green paint.
Actually I’m surrounded by green because my favorite outdoor home hobby is gardening with special attention to adding a variety of greenery amidst my flowers. My husbands summer priority is keeping our lawn the lushest green on the street and then we both play on golf greens as often as possible in our spare time ~ depicted with the green grass border fabric.
My quilt subject is dedicated to enjoying God’s green earth whether it is in my garden, on the course or in my mind. I sketched this ornamental vignette with pencil and paper to actual size, then transferred the design using dressmakers carbon to trace the outline directly to my hand-dyed fabric background. I originally intended to embroider the scene in black thread but chose to work the lines and shading entirely with a Pigma MICRON 01 permanent black archival ink pen for the finest detail. It is acid free and my number one choice for writing my quilt labels on fabric.
Embellishments include 1/8th inch satin ribbon, various glass beads and a wire beaded dragonfly I made almost 10 years ago. I wanted to keep the background simple so I used (60 wt.) Madiera clear monofilament for my topstich and smoke colored Madeira monofilament for my bobbin thread which I free-motion quilted around the drawn shapes after the beading. I tacked the dragonfly on last. I think more light contrast would have helped the overall look but I worked with what was on hand. My studio is spread to all corners of the house and garage so this was more of a challenge than I usually encounter to be finished on time.