I worked several months to finish this, my third sunflower art quilt.
I am excited by its 3-D sculptured flowers on a heavily textured multi layered background.
Click on the photos to enlarge to see more detail if you like.
The fabric used for the leaves was from Dyed Candy ETSY and is hand dyed.
The rest of my fabrics are mostly up cycled from thrift stores and garage sales.
However, now I am recalling actually buying the batik and lime green & flannel fabrics new from a wonderful store I discovered in Berkeley, Ca.
My own photos of sunflowers are printed on silk and sewn to the background.
The bottom is cut irregularly kind of fence like...and beads hang from the bottom as well.
Lots of hand embroidery was done throughout this piece. Lots of French knots,
straight stitches and others; as well as free motion sewing to enhance fabric designs.
I also couched some really nice yarns I found at a new shop in Winters, CA.
I stuffed three long stalks of fabric, bound them in hemp and hand stitched and beaded them.
Beads came from old recycled necklaces. And some new from Michael's.
The whole piece is backed in such a way that it turns inwards on the sides and comes down into a vase like shape.
And now I will add the story to the back with this happy ending:
My 21 yr old grandson, Mikiah, saw this art quilt posted on facebook. His first comment was: "This is soooooo beautiful!"
His next comment was: "It is for sale?"
Then he said: "How much? I'd like to support your art!"
And then I said: "Mikiah, consider it an early inheritance. I cannot take money from my grand children. So it is yours, but you have to wait one year to acquire it, as I want to put it in several shows. Then it will be yours to take home."
I cannot think of a happier ending for this art quilt.