Being a native southerner, I thought this would be a breeze. However, I had a very difficult time settling on an idea, even though south brought to mind many words, sayings and pictures. I dismissed most of them for various reasons. The singular picture of "The South" that kept recurring in my mind was of the beautiful live oak trees draped in Spanish moss that dominate the landscape where I grew up. Having seen the same landscape in
Charleston and , I decided that was what I wanted to
portray. I discussed my idea with
Andrea, who knows I have a special attachment to Sunbonnet Sue. She thought I should incorporate her into my
design somehow. Well here she is!! Savannah
“Sunbonnet Sue Goes South” wearing her crisp white “sundress” – but wait!! Ever wondered what she looked like under those unflattering dresses? Now you know.
The leaves of the tree are painted with Setacolor paint. The moss is thread painted and then embellished with an eyelash yarn, that I pulverized with my rotary cutter, and fused on top. The tree, sue and flowers are fused and machine quilting finishes it off.