Nellie"s Needles

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prairie Flower Update

A month ago today I introduced the major installation piece about prairie flowers on which I'm spending all my time. Back then, a base layer of "ortwork", or underpainting, had been done for all 25 panels. Go here to read or review the "beginning".

Quite a bit of time was spent online looking at photos for reference before beginning the detail layer of this installation. This photo was key in the work I created for the top row ... the horizon.
Here are three photos of the same panel. The first one is the foundation layer, the second with the materials to create the details layered on, and the third with the netting layer added and quilted.
Here's a close-up of the flowers on the horizon. I've free-motion quilted with varying sizes of zig-zag stitch and multiple variegated threads.
This photo was taken during the process of laying the details of roving and crumbs.
... and some of the "crumbs". I was pleased to find those plaids in the scrap bag that had been left here in Michigan. I hadn't brought any scraps from Tennessee which makes looking through this bag a treasure hunt.
The last panel in the top row was half done on my design table when this photo was taken of the template into which I drop or replace photos as the work progresses. Here is the whole piece with the new photos of the four that are finished dropped into place.
Elvis is hiding in a cloud. With the large scale of this piece and the clouds being so high on the wall, I doubt anyone will ever spot him.
Only me and those I let in on my slightly deviant sense of humor will ever know.

14 comments:

Vicki W said...

Just amazing!

Beena said...

This is so gorgeous, and you've done such incredible work!

The Elvis is a nice touch! LOL

Corryna Janssen said...

This is wonderful! Great work. And I just love the hidden Elvis. It is kind of funny too.

Merry said...

This is just a amazing work...such detail...I love where you have hidden Elvis. :-)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What I wouldn't give to be able to see this piece in person!!! It is going to be absolutely astounding.

Allison Ann Aller said...

I've been wondering how this commission was going...and wow it is going great!!!! Fabulous, Nellie.

I just posted about another quilt in a hospital setting...it meant so much to me while I was there. I know your work is going to bring much comfort and upliftment to thousands of people through the years.

Mermaid's Purse said...

An amazing piece of work - I just looooove seeing the transformations of your landscapes!

Deb said...

I am so easily amused - I got all silly when I saw the shards of green and orange plaids that I sent you. Those were shirts I got from the Goodwill - it was all you can stuff in a grocery sack for 5$ that Sunday!

Deborah said...

TRULY INSPIRING!

arlee said...

Wondrous! And love the touch of "The Wonder of You" :)lol

Elaine Adair said...

OH Nellie, your work is just astounding! What a beauty this is, includind Elvis - a stroke of genius and fun!

Diane said...

LOVE Elvis looking down on everybody, what a hoot! This piece is such a grand undertaking. I love this method. It's so different from anything I know and the results are so beautiful.Your use of color is such a perfect balance. Can't wait to see this one finished!

Amy said...

Spectacular. The depth and varying detail of each row is amazing.

Karoda said...

You have reinforced by joy in the beauty of the grid!