"Wind Beneath My Wings" Diane Evans ©2011
What began as a watercolor exercise is now a finished art quilt. Here’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” all grown up and ready to go out into the world.
The interior machine quilting was done with 40-weight rayon thread; motifs were outlined with 12-weight cotton thread to add presence to the flowers and butterfly wings.
The hand embroidery was inspired by Laura Wasilowski’s latest book, “Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts,” which features dozens of examples of wonderful hand stitches that add color and texture to any fiber art piece (Be sure to check out Laura's terrific blog here).
I used straight stitches to accent the purple blooms and to create stamens on the central flower, and French knots were added in various places throughout the quilt. As a finishing touch, white beads were sewn on –- after all, even a butterfly needs a little bling.
The kite-shaped quilt has been sewn onto a quilted blue background and is poised to fly away with its fabric-knotted tail. It will travel to various exhibit spaces with other works by fellow artists in ARTAA, our fiber art group, during the coming year.
Thanks for sharing the journey of this art quilt with me – you, dear readers, are truly the “Wind Beneath My Wings.”