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Monday, March 8, 2010

Flavor of the Month







Well I am so aggravated with myself. I made this small quilt for a Quilting Arts Challenge. Since i had sent the last one in with jpgs., I assumed that this one would be sent the same way. Wrong!!! Today is the deadline and it the photos had to be mailed in. The challenge was to illustrate a flavor of the month so this was my statement that was to be included with the entry.
I chose September when the raspberries are in abundance in our garden. It is a delight to go to the garden in the morning and gather handfuls of these jewels that are sparkling on the canes. The few that actually make it back to the kitchen are sprinkled over yogurt and drizzled with honey.
Using green and yellow cotton fabric, I pieced together a square with random sized cuts of cloth. I made rubbings of leaves and leaf stamps with oil pastels on voile. Wanting more texture in the leaves, I used green bags from the produce section of the grocery store. After assembling the pieced background, the voile and a cut out of a raspberry, I appliqu├ęd the red fabric to the others. Wanting more texture in the leaves, I used green net bags from the produce section of the grocery store. A satin stitch was used around the edges. Satin stitching was also used around the sections of the raspberry, to which seed beads were sewn to give the highlights. Shadows were made with oil pastels. An upholstery fabric was used to make the sepals on the plant. The stem was made by couching yarn under the thread.

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