In March, Alice and I took a class from Lenore Crawford who mixes painted fabric with cotton prints. After the class, I was not happy with my piece. It was based on a photo I took of a vivid pink ocotillo bloom at Ghost Ranch, the home of Georgia O’Keefe. So when thinking about our theme “quote,” I decided to cut it up and make a close-up version of a modern looking cluster of flowers popping up from the ground.
As a flower-lover, I found a lovely quote by Gernard de Nerval that suited my intention for this design. Nerval was an 18th century writer, poet, essayist and translator. As a friend of Victor Hugo, he translated Goethe’s Faust into French, thereby introducing the French to a variety of German Romantic authors. He thus became a major figure in French romanticism.
I used pieces of my hand-painted flower that had previously been bonded onto 100% cotton and fused the pieces into a design using Wonder Under. Each piece was layered onto a piece of dark blue batik. I thought the design needed some other colors, so I free-hand cut and painted a yellow batik flower and green batik for greenery. The small yellow flower above the leaf is a piece from a Kaffe Fassett fabric. The quote was digitally printed on a yellow background. I made a sandwich of the design by adding cotton batting, a layer of 12”x12” Timtex and a backing fabric. Then I machine quilted the design through 6 or 7 layers with Aurifil thread on my domestic Bernina machine.