I finished the seventh quilt in the series I am doing of my mother's photography last week, but I haven't managed to sit down and put up a post until now. This one is called "Glory"—a macro image of a poppy.
This quilt took me longer than any of the others so far, especially so because it included seven hours of trapunto work before I was satisfied with the final result. Here it is displayed on the front porch.
Here's what the poppy fabric looked like when I started, atop the maroon backing fabric I chose as the color/colour for the reverse side of the quilt. The fabric print was a little blurry and not as rich as the original photograph by my mother, Elizabeth Root Blackmer, but still spectacular (especially so from a distance); and these are four of the dozen or so colors/colours of thread that I eventually used in the making of this quilt.
So many late nights working on this one, playing with thread colors/colours and which would go where for the best effect.
I felt that the center/centre of the flower needed some clear definition, and as such, I built that in using a gold thread. In the end, here's what the details look like.
I'd never done trapunto work before, and I found it very enjoyable—even though it was very finicky work that took forever. As I said, it took me seven hours to sufficiently pull the countless meters/metres of wool roving through the back of the quilt.
Thankfully, I was listening to a fantastic book while I sat on my front porch with my trapunto weapons, so the time was doubly well spent. The book was The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I had read it when it first came out, and it remains one of the books I kept even after all of the library purging we've done over the years—but that's in Washington, and I am in Nova Scotia, so I got Audible to read it to me. A perfect pairing.
Here's what the back of the quilt looks like with all the stuffing in place. I used a maroon thread for the entire back of the quilt so that the quilting itself and the trapunto would be best highlighted.
And here it is on a white background.