Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Iris has landed

Seems like ages ago I promised to show you how I solved the problem of the floating irises. Then life intervened and I have not had a chance to get back to the irises until yesterday. For the past two days I have been finding a little time here and a little time there to quilt it.

But, back to the floating irises— When I tried some solutions in Photoshop, the one I liked best was the idea of adding some "dirt" around the bases of the stems. When I started working on the actual piece, I added even more than I had added in the digital image. I think it grounds them. They have finally landed and float no more. You may notice that I added a couple more leaves to soften the strong diagonal a little and push into the border strips.

I just finished the quilting and will block it and square it up and add a back. Then I will probably do a little more quilting to anchor it to the back. I like the way the quilting on the back looks—almost like a line drawing. But that will soon be covered, never to be seen again.


  1. Omigosh, you are right, that quilting is beautiful! No way now to leave it for all to see?

    I've been watching the direction your work seems to have taken- spare, minimalist, and very Eastern in feeling to me. It's lovely!

  2. I like this. I really like the back, to bad it can't be left for all to see if they choose.

  3. I think it is a shame to cover the quiltibg. However, i love your answer to the foating problem.



  4. They are anchored well in the soil - I was hoping you'd choose that option. The shading is subtle while serving its purpose.

    At least you will have the photo of the background once it is hidden.

    Good luck! Looking forward to seeing the outcome.

  5. Oh, wow! Looks fabulous. Great solution. I think you added more dirt since I saw them.