March 1, 2008

Open Windows

More wishful thinking on my part. As the bitter winds continue to howl, I daydream about that first spring day when I can open up the windows and let in the fresh air. This small quilt, titled "Open Windows", features a leaf from a sassafras tree, another one of my favorites that has more than one leaf shape on any given branch. Here's the leaf, a "double mitten", being printed on a piece of vintage silk sari that started out white with turquoise stripes:
And the same leaf after quilting and beading:

The other large leaf is from a tulip poplar, which gets its common name from the flowers, which are often high up on the tree and best viewed from above:
Here's the leaf printing, on a piece of pink silk:

And the finished leaf detail from "Open Windows".

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