Now, this is the flower garden I wanted but didn't have this year! Summer didn't arrive in the Northwest until about three weeks ago and the garden never quite did anything. I don't even have much research for dandelion this year. I can't blame it all on the weather though since I didn't get out there to help it along.
Once again, I was behind on time and inspiration (I think I need to go back and read the sidebar in our book about creating time and space for art! and that was in my chapter) and didn't really get started until last week. Luckily, Terry and Gerrie invited me to meet them at the Pacific West Quilt Show where I was reminded about how much I love playing with color and embellishment. Seeing Gerrie's quilts in person especially helped.
I decided to do an embellished flower garden. We had warm, sunny days last weekend so I was able to get outside on the deck to create some bright orange fabric paper. I had to add a few hints of pink ever since Terri introduced me to the color combination of pink and orange. I did take pictures for a blog post but before I could get it done hubby had us off for a late afternoon sail and the rest of my time was dedicated to getting her done. I thought about going all orange for the quilt and using soft orange for the background, but I was worried it would all blend together. I didn't have time to start over if it didn't work, so I went with the same color scheme as my chartreuse quilt: orange, purple and green. After sewing down the fabric paper flowers, I started adding embellishments. That was when I discovered that I have used up most of my orange beads--either that or I didn't have many to begin with. I looked for orange yarn, wire, miscellaneous fibers--nothing but a couple vintage buttons. So here is about my entire stash of orange embellishments. I had to turn to copper a bit, so I hope that isn't too brown. I really like how the quilt turned out. I really need to create a whole series of embellished gardens. Maybe now that all the kids are going back to school full time.