While our neighbors are spreading herbicide on their lawns
in the Spring, I take 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 an annual 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 DeskJet 1220C (13" wide) 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 lighter green color-way in my Glacier Park Collection.