My inspiration for this quilt is a cast stone garden sculpture that was given to me by my husband for a very special anniversary. It is a reproduction of a sculpture by Frank Lloyd Wright named “Nacoma”. This Native American name means “Great Spirit” or “The Wise and Loving Woman”. Nacoma stands with a young girl by her side and a babe wrapped in a blanket on her back. The mother and young girl hold American Indian pots.
For me, the sculpture has been and continues to be the Goddess of my garden. First, in my beautiful garden in my Dallas home, and now at the entrance to my new patio home.
My first step in creating this quilt was to make a photo of the sculpture. Then I digitally photo transferred it onto fabric. I added shading and detail to the transfer with fabric pencils. The transfer was fused onto a commercial hand-dyed cotton fabric for the background. Free-cut leaves and flowers were added to the design using batik fabrics. To give the quilt a spiritual and peaceful feeling, I covered the entire piece with two layers of a very soft pink tulle.
I added additional detail to the sculpture by machine quilting it with gray threads in light and dark Aurifil. Then I used variegated rayon thread to quilt the background. The large leaves were quilted with pink Aurifil thread and the flowers in the grass were quilted with using Ricky Tims Art Studio Thread in a periwinkle blue. Now, my Garden Goddess is visible both inside and outside of my home.