After many years, living at our farm in Northern Illinois, a subdivision was built across the road. As our new neighbors spread herbicide on their perfect lawns
in the Spring, I took great delight in the cheerful and
ubiquitous dandelion. Since permanent ink jet printing on
fabric became possible, I have not been able to resist the
temptation to make a periodic tribute to this persistent
The dandelion blossoms and leaves were scanned on a flatbed
scanner. (Epson Perfection 1240U) The blossoms were laid
directly on the glass and covered with a piece of blue fabric.
The lid was left open. The images were enlarged to twelve
inches square, and scanned at 300 dpi. This resulted in
large images showing sharp details. Once scanned, the images
were enhanced in Corel Draw. In most cases both the contrast
and saturation were increased before printing on a Hewlett
Packard Photosmart 2600 printer.
The entire quilt was designed in Corel Draw. The Fibonacci
progression (1-2-3-5-8-13 etc.) was used to determine the
proportions of the squares and rectangles. The dandelion
images are surrounded by a border of dark blue and green
fabric from the Glacier Park Collection by Benartex, which
is based on my own original hand dyed fabrics. The binding
is a blue to green fabric from my Gradations Collection.
- Bryerpatch Studio Gallery, Paducah, KY 2012-13
- 30 Quilts for 30 Years: Solo, traveling exhibition celebrating
30 years of making art quilts.
- International Quilt Market & Festival, 2013, Houston
TX, October 25–November 3, 2013
- National Quilt Museum, Paducah KY, December 6, 2013
– March 11, 2014
- Bryerpatch Studio Gallery, Paducah KY March 15, 2014 – May 1, 2014
- Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA, August 1, 2014 – September 21, 2014
- Wisconsin Quilt Museum, Cedarburg, WI, January 14- April 12, 2015