"More Than Meets The Eye"
17" X 29"
Raw-edged Fused Appliqued
I studied this photograph for almost a week trying to come up with some inspiration and direction. The leaves were so dense that my mind could not wonder what all was living within them. Once that thought occured to me I was off and running.
I began with the pieced curved strips in the background in different tones of green. I wanted to be sure to have enough green since the photo was overwhelmingly green (and it is my favorite color).
I wanted to make the butterfly as something that appeared to be the main focal point and found some Kaffe Fassett fabric that I could cut into the wings and then add the body. I also fused some circles on the wings for more of a butterfly feel. I was not concerned making the butterfly the same breed as shown in the photo, but did choose to make it blue.
Then I want to town on the undulating stems, leaves, flowers, moths, ladybugs, spiders, inch worm, caterpillar and ants. I thought about mosquitos but in my fantasy garden there are no mosquitos. I wanted the moths to take on the same appearance of the leaves on the plants and also hid the inch worm,
spiders and caterpillar using similar fabrics as the stems and leaves. The lady bugs just like climbing up the stems.
Lastly I pillowcased it and quilted it.
It was a difficult start this time, but became fun adding all the details into it.