It was a cloudy spring morning a few years ago. I was
really into my camera at that stage, seeing interesting images
in everything from old discarded shoes to sweet potato peels.
But on that morning I didn't have to look very far to find
beauty. It was everywhere. A crabapple tree in full bloom,
prunus blossoms like we used to have in the garden when I was
a kid and even flowering quinces. I had a field day trying to
capture the essence of spring and eventually digitized some of
my favourite pictures.
Fast forward a few years... In my studio, playing with
fabrics, combining Kaffe Fassett, Phillip Jacobs, Alexander
Henry, Williamsburg Botanicals by Windham Fabrics, and a
beautiful cherry blossom print by Robert Kaufman. By then I
was fired up, adding batiks, hand dyes from Amafu, French
reproduction prints and even some of my machine
embroidery samples. It had to become a quilt! I used the
embroidered quince blossom as a reference and started piecing
the center. Eventually this quilt became a study in scale and
technique, giving the viewer something interesting to look at
from far away as well as close up.
"Blossoms" a quilt by Susan Wessels, 2012