Cherry Blossom Snow

20 Jun 2010
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    "Cherry Blossom Snow" ( 41.5"W x 37.75"T) had an unusal beginning. A relative, and his family came up to visit in the mid-1990s during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. On the day we had planned to go down to see the trees, we awoke to find a wet blanket of snow dusting the ground.  Not to be outdone by Mother Nature, we went to see the flowers anyway. While walking among the trees along the Tidal Basin, I noticed the pale pink petals and the wet snow flakes both drifting downwards. For one brief moment, the sun came out. The shafts of sunlight bathed each petal and flake in a jewel-like glow. All too quickly, though, the sun was hidden once again by the clouds. This quilt tries to capture that fleeting instant.

 

     The first piece of fabric chosen for this piece was from a navy table runner embroidered in Asia. I cut out the appliquéd flowers and distributed them around in the sky. The rest of the fabric pieces quickly followed as if they knew their place. I dabbed yellow fabric paint in blotches around in the sky. I then sewed on tiny squares of pale pink chiffon over each paint blob, securing the squares with a bead. The result makes it look as if petals are gently floating through the air, backlit by shafts of sunlight. To add to the suggestion of shimmering light are shi-sha mirrors from India and dichroic glass buttons from Czechoslovakia.

 

     This quilt was one of the first successful ones in which I really tried to get dimensional. Many of the applied metal flowers are made of yards of twisted, bent wire to form chrysanthemums. Since they extend out about an inch, they made for difficult quilting. While buttons are always a problem, the thread was always getting hung up in one or more of the metal flowers. Speed in quilting was not even to be considered while completing this piece. One must be patient in one’s creative endeavors!

                  Detail photo is below in the comments section.

     You can see more of my art quilts at my web site at www.fiberfantasies.com


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cousette wrote
on 21 Jun 2010 2:59 AM

Great ! reminds me of the Japanese cherry trees in France where I lived before,gorgeously outstanding against the sky..swept  by the wind and crushed by feet on the grey ground after their blossom.I like your techniques and your colors.

on 21 Jun 2010 3:58 AM

Thank you Cousette. I'm quite a Francophile myself and had a French great, great, great grandmother. Here in the Washington,DC area, cherry blossom time is quite a show. When the flowers "blast",  there's petal confetti alll over the place. Around the Tidal basin, near all of the monuments,is where the ones are that were donated to the US by the Japanese in the early 1900s. Tthe National Park Service has a park ranger whose job is to figure out ahead of time when the blossoms will be at their peak each year, as the flowering trees bring thousands to the area to see Nature's show.It was great, good fun to pick out the butons that would shimmer to compliment the airiness i was trying to portray. Many of my pieces are based on gardens and flowers, so it was a "given" that I would do at least one piece on cherry trees.

on 21 Jun 2010 2:33 PM

MiiraA wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 9:47 AM

The quilt really keeps my interest.  Great delicate pastel look but with enough contrast to accentuate the soft colors.  Really gives the feeling of the delicacy of the blossoms.

on 27 Apr 2011 1:25 PM

Dear MiiraA, thanks for the knd comments. I try to balance out all of the extensive materials that I use in one of my art quilts, although they don't  always come out as well in the photos as I would like.

on 27 Apr 2011 1:25 PM

Dear MiiraA, thanks for the knd comments. I try to balance out all of the extensive materials that I use in one of my art quilts, although they don't  always come out as well in the photos as I would like.