The Maverick's quilt guild challenge is called "States of Mine" and is composed of two quilts - one about Arizona (AZ) Naturally (which can be anything to do with AZ) and the second is about the person's state of origin. The only restriction is the quilt has to be 18" wide by 48" high. This vertical composition made it difficult for me to decide what to do. I had many photos that would make great quilts, but cropping them to fit the 18"x48" vertical restriction made me throw out several of them. I did finish my AZ quilt, but my Origins quilt will be late.
For my AZ quilt, I decided on a night-blooming cactus flower. I'm not an early bird, but I got up at 5 am to see all the beautiful white blooms on our cacti in the front yard. I photographed several, as the sun was just coming over the horizon and highlighted the flowers beautifully!
This is the flower that I cropped for the quilt challenge.
|Cereus or Queen of the Night cacti bloom. From our front yard.|
|Step 1. Fabric is placed over pattern on a foam board. |
Painted yellows and oranges with Pebeo setacolor paints.
|Step 2. Added deeper oranges and reds with Tsukineko inks in |
red delicious, tangerine, autumn leaf and vintage wine.
|Step 3. Continued to deepen the values and added the background in the top of the quilt |
with Tsukineko inks in apple green, vintage wine, cool gray, ultramarine blue and midnight.
|Step 4. Deepened the values of bottom petals and added background with |
Tsukineko apple green, vintage wine, cool gray, ultramarine blue, and midnight inks.
Also lightened some of the yellow areas with Tsukineko white and lemon yellow inks.
|Cereus, Queen of the Night quilt, 18" x 48". This is my final |
quilt embellished with the 3mm flat, lime green, twisted
aluminum for the stamens. Finished with a facing, label, and sleeve.
|Close up to show the 3D effect.|
|Close up to show the thread play, quilting and aluminum stamens.|