Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hibiscus 1 is Finished

Over the next few days I will share photos of the finished Hibiscus series.  They will hang together in a show at Olbrich Gardens, "Wild Thing," beginning next week and through April.

Hibiscus 1 is 16" by 21" and features acrylic inks painted on cotton fabric.  I used cotton threads -- 50w and 40w for quilting.  I used cotton batting and cotton on the back.  The binding is a commercial batik -- a very dark green and black leafy kind of thing.

The Japanese beetle was painted with metallic acrylic inks and accented with black 50w thread.

And for Beth: the backside.  I left the hanger in the photo -- it's an aluminum stick -- about an inch wide and less than 1/4 inch thick so it can be screwed into the wall where it's hung.  Using white fabric on the back was a mistake -- you can see all the little thread nasties.   I debated hitting it with a roller full of paint, but I'm not sure that's such a good idea.  Still thinking about it...


Robbie said...

Good for you Karen!! Now to work on your self portrait!!

Lynne said...


Beth said...

I think I like the relief quilting on the back!!! Even if all the nastys show up.... The front is nice too! Waiting to see the next one.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Amazing work, and that Japanese Beetle is a perfect addition, even though I hate those little buggers in my flowerbed!
Simply gorgeous work.
I used to use a print fabric on the back of my quilts that required a lot of quilting, so the stitches wouldn't show, but on the other hand, it's really NICE to see this from the back. The lines and colors, etc.


Leslie Tucker Jenison said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilting! It was fun to peek at the back of the quilt!