Spring Flowers

 

April 7th 2014

In the absence of the true arrival of spring in Montreal, and on the day of the Quebec Provincial elections, some Spring flowers to cheer us all up.  These images are all taken from my Spring Revival Quilt which is made of 100% silk with hand applique, embroidery and quilting.  The pale pink and white blossoms in particular took hours and hours to applique with all their wavy edges, probably the most intricate flower I have ever sewn.  Not only were the petals tricky but at the end of each stamen is a tiny gold seed bead sewn by hand.   I was thrilled with the daffodils and narcissi, my first attempt to sew them both and I love the subtle variations in colour made possible by the huge variety of shades I found in just one metre of plaid multicoloured Indian silk.  I hope you can also recognise the Magnolias (both Stellata and Grandiflora), the white and purple lilacs, cherry blossom and dogwood blossom, trilliums and tulips.   I love this quilt, it remains one of my favourites and I’m considering framing it to protect the delicate silks from insect damage and general wear and tear.  If you would like to see the quilt in its entirety and some close ups go to 

http://deborahkemball.com/gallery_springrevival_fq.html

 

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