I’ve started a new commissioned art quilt. It features red hollyhocks, which makes me pretty happy! I must confess that making a quilt with lots of flowers is one of my favorite things to do. I’m already making some headway. Due to a large amount of detailed thread painting that needs to o be done on a rather large quilt, this will take a lot of labor and time to complete. No complaints there, I love doing what I do.
The first step involved thread painting all my holly hocks, which I’ll cut out and applique to the backdrop that I’ve already painted.. The quilt will be a large size, so that means I’ll need lots and lots of hollyhocks. I don’t want to skimp on the amount, I want my stems to be full of flowers.
On a quilt that size, making so many has been a long process. Each one takes quite a while to complete. Each one is an individual and slightly different from all the others. They are after all, going to be the star of this quilt. All the focus will be on my hollyhocks, so no cookie cutter holly hocks allowed!
I give some thought to every flower before I begin it. I think that if I rushed from one to the next, in a great hurry, they’d end up being duplicates. Little clones of each other.
What I found in making these little babies was. if I wanted each one to be a individual, I needed a big variety in the shades of red to give character to each flower.
Thus began the great “red thread quest’ I was on a mission, find the shades of red I wanted and needed. You may not have realized this, but red colors can vary greatly and still be considered “red”.
There are blue based reds, then there are orange based reds and and a lot of ground inbetween. I wanted several different orange based reds, with out their being an actual orange. I needed a colors starting with dark, then lid shade and finally light.
It’s funny, that with each new project you begin, no matter how many spools of thread, or amounts of fabric that you own, there will always be at least one or more necessary colors that you don’t have, but you must have for the integrity of the design . I repeat this unbelievable truth, there will always be at least one missing color. Ask a few quilters or seamstresses you know, they’ll say the same. You begin scouring the fabric stores and buying yet more fabric or thread.
I have a massive stock of thread, I do a lot of thread painting and need it.
When I say that I have a massive stock of thread, I think there is no way to envision it, so I must provide a visual aid, to preserve my creditability. So expect pictures, these are not my complete stash, but I just got sick of photographing it all.
I can’t fathom that out of my entire collection of thread, massive as it is, I couldn’t find the exact shades of red that I wanted…
I’ll give you a tiny look at some of the finished hollyhocks, There are many more. Now I invite you to just wander through the photos and be amazed at the impossibility of a missing shade out all of this!
A little trimming around the edges and they’re ready to go.
DO YOU BELIEVE ME NOW?
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